London Fashion Week is going on right now, and one designer made the decision to add three faux-plus modes to his show. Predictably, it didn't sit well with some fashion insiders.
Apparently, having anything other than anorexics on the runway is too much for some people in the fashion industry:
A designer's decision to use size 12 and 14 [U.S. 10 and 12] models at London Fashion Week yesterday caused a behind-the-scenes row that ended in his stylist walking out. Mark Fast, known for his sculpted mini-dresses reflecting the recent body-conscious trend, used three models of a size larger than the catwalk is used to seeing...to model his knitwear designs.
Within an hour of his show on Saturday morning, an Elle magazine journalist sent out a tweet saying Fast's stylist had resigned over his use of the models
The prejudice runs deep.
At any rate, the use of faux-plus models is certainly better than waifs, so it's a small step in the right direction. But not until true plus-size models like Kailee O'Sullivan and Katherine Roll walk the catwalk, as they did in FFFWeek, will things really change.
Here's a picture of one of the models. It's nice that the knitwear is fitted to her figure, and obviously this outfit looks a thousand times better on her body than it would on an anorexic. It's also encouraging to see that the outfit is abbreviated, and shows some skin. Too bad the hairstyling and makeup are very un
I wish the hair/cosmetics had been more feminine. That's is why Crystal Renn's 2006 catwalk for Gaultier in her gorgeous floral dress remains the touchstone for curvy girls on the catwalk - because the whole aesthetic was unmodern, and feminine, and beautiful.
Let's hope that this is a sign of progress, though, and leads to seeing true plus-size models on the runway in the future.