Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Gentrification Of Fashion - Banning Super Skinny Models

Fashion has always been the most fun indulgence for me. I love wearing it. I love going to shows. I love seeing it, in its most perfect form - on a model, a perfect model. A living coat hanger who walks into the room and changes it for the better, because when it's good, it's a marvelous mirage of beauty.

Personally, I don't blame anorexia on fashion. I also don't like the #ImNoAngel campaign by Lane Bryant. It sends a bad message by way of the other extreme. No abs, no, tone, no thanks! And I'll tell you what! I am not paying $15 for a magazine full of non-super skinny models in Paris runway shows because that's not what I pay to see. I pay to see PERFECTION and total control, which is rare, and why I pay to see it on gorgeous pages.

Men, for you to understand what I mean, let me take you there. Think about what it would mean for you to see big chics in porn, fat Playboy models, or older women in your Maxim magazine. You with me now? - Good! Now...

A few years ago, when I asked a widely known fashion critic what he thought of Houston models, he said to me, "frankly, they're old and fat." I shared my thoughts and in the end, we both agreed "we'll always have Paris." Until now.

It seems the French parliament this week, made it illegal to employ extremely thin models (under 18 BMI) and vows "to expose, even jail agencies and fashion houses that hire them." Here's video of the vote:



Frankly I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE super thin models and hate to see this happen. The thinner the better! In fact, I think super thin models are the greatest models to have. Yes, I said it! I've always believed high fashion in its truest form works best on a super thin model! The way a design can hang, drape, the texture all leads to a perfect shape. For designers, a non super thin model won't cut it... But they won't always say it... But they know, high fashion should always be shown on a super thin model. Jack up the size for the rack, not the runway!

It's just the way it's always been and should still be. That's also because the poise, another topic entirely, isn't always there in many super thin models, but walking doorknobs have no voice to turn that around these days anyway - to ask for the proper training. That's been a loss since the 90's.

In fact, the one place that doesn't seem to have a problem with super thin models, is New Zealand, who gets it and doesn't feel they have to bow to political correctness.

Who's to know at this point about what's to emerge from Paris after gutting high fashion's most coveted schematic staple from seasons to come, but I assure you, that much like the ever changing landscape of Houston and other major cities across this country, what comes after is not always better, nor prettier, but an oversized eyesore to those who always enjoyed a true original.

What I do know is that high fashion won't ever be as pretty without superthin French models.