The size zero row is back in full swing after Chanel designer Karl Largerfeld told German magazine Focus: “Nobody wants to see curvy women.”
His comments came after London designer Mark Fast used normal sized women on the catwalk for his Spring 2010 collection, and Germany’s top lifestyle magazine Bridgette announced that they plan to ban professional models from their pages because staff are tired of having to retouch photos of skinny models to make them look like ‘real’ women.Mark Fast got all the press interest he could dream of when his ‘plus sized’ models stepped onto the catwalk, to model his knitwear collection (although in the language of fashion ‘plus size’ translates to size 12.)
He said: “I didn’t think it would get so much attention. I just thought they are beautiful, let’s do it, let’s have fun.”
Mark’s desicion to use larger sized women caused a row with his styist, Erica Kurihara, who thought two of the three models didn’t sway enough as they sashayed on the runway and she walked out two days before the show.
Mr Largerfeld, it appears, would disagee that this is just the progress the world of women’s fashion and magazines needs. He told Focus: “No-one wants to see curvy women. You’ve got fat mothers with their bag of chips sitting infront of the TV and saying that thin models are ugly.”
Erm no Mr Largereld, you may be a fashion genius at the helm of Chanel, but surely fashion lovers just want to see healthy girls wearing gorgeous clothes and inspiring us to want to give them a whirl ourselves?
We don’t want to see unhealthly large women modelling clothes just as much as we don’t want to see stick thin size zero models in them.