Friday, February 26, 2010

Awesomeness from London Fashion Week

I'm going to give up apologizing for all of my posts being fashion-related lately. I write about things that are influencing me, and this is what I've been obsessed with lately. I do promise some regular posts soon, though! Lots going on in Crystal-land.

But let's talk London Fashion Week for a second. Tell me what is unusual and a little bit awesome about these photos:

The first two are from Mark Fast's Fall 2010 RTW collection. I am not a fan of his designs in general- I don't think he has the understanding of how to work with a woman's body that some designers have (and I haaaate the styling on this particular show, it just looks trashy). But o-m-g. Actual plus-sized models. On the runway. At fashion week. In a show with "regular" models. Even if I hate your clothes, this gets a thumbs-up from me!

For the record, it's not just the plus sized designs I dislike from his line. Even the stick-thin girls look... unflattering:

I think the third photo is my favorite, though. Hellooooo, Granny! That one is from Sykes Fall 2010 RTW. I don't even know what to say beyond HOW COOL IS THAT? Fashion should be about doing the unexpected, pushing boundaries, shaking things up. How cool to have models that make the statement that you don't have to be 20 years old and 98 pounds to be fashionable?

A "plus-sized" (aka something like size 8, which I would only be if I was just this side of starved to death) girl won America's Next Top Model a few years ago. "The girl on page 194" in a recent issue of Glamour magazine got people buzzing as women freaked out about seeing an image they could actually relate to. (It was a big deal, y'all. Google "the girl on page 194". Behold! Or check out examples of people's reactions here, here, here or here or... you get the point.) I hate when people refer to curvier girls as "REAL" women, because ALL women are real women. We're different shapes and sizes and colors and ages and personalities, and we are all flawed, and we are all beautiful.

Obviously, there is also a lot of resistance to this type of thing. Last season, when Fast first used plus-sized models mixed in with his runway, "his show stylist quit over the designer's insistence on including three models from a plus agency on the runway amongst regular girls." (quote from

I can imagine the shock of being audience when Fast opened the show with THIS look:

I mean HELLO! Normally when you see larger models in a sexy dress, it looks like this:

(Which I actually think is much sexier, but you get the point.)

However, when he used plus sized models again this season, it still caused a stir, but not to the same extent. If he continues, and maybe a few other designers join in, will this eventually seem normal?

The world is changing, and I'm excited for the crazy, fascinating ride!


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Annie said...

It's really great seeing Crystal Renn on the runway, but my God what ugly clothing designs!

The world is morphing closer to full-figure love though, which is nice.

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