Wednesday, December 23, 2009
We all know that there has been a long standing debate regarding the unhealthy weights of models and the unrealistic body image issues they give the average women and girls. I like to stay on the fence with this one- on one hand, as a model, only once was I asked to shave inches from my already frail frame; I'll keep my own measurements to myself, but let's just say I fall almost 9 points below a healthy BMI score. (take it or leave it- it's all metabolism) Anyway... I believe the situation I had been in at the time to be an extreme case. Yes, agencies like models thin, and yes, there have been situations, I am sure, where girls have been asked to lose unhealthy amounts of weight, and I think this is wrong. However, working more recently as a stylist and fashion consultant, I will say that it is easier, hate me if you must, to dress a tall, thin girl. You can't go wrong with the body type- almost everything looks good on them.
Before you begin throwing bricks through my window, I must say, that in this editorial by the amazing Mr. Richardson, Renn, the plus sized model, looks hotter than Jablonski. I couldn't figure it out, and then realized- Renn looks like a woman, and Jablonski looks like a little girl. Which brings me to what I believe to be the bigger issue on self esteems throughout the fashion industry, which is ageism, but we'll get to that in another post.
According to Ford's website, Crystal Renn stands at 5'9" and is a 38" 30" 42", wearing a size 12, which is much closer to the average American woman in size, who wears a 14. Jaquelyn Jablonski stands at 5'9" and is a 32" 24.5" 34.5" wearing a size 4, which is actually LARGER than the average fashion model, who would wear a size 0/2, and have a waist measurement of no larger than 24".
In my opinion, Richardson is trying to show you that big or small, it really makes no difference when you have a good model. I think he's right, and I believe the heavier girl here to be the standout star. But is this a realistic portrayal for the average American public? Probably not. While Jablonski is clearly beautiful, and bigger than the typical fashion model, I'd hardly call her plus size.
See more of "One Size Fits All" on models.com or in V Magazine's Size Issue on newsstands everywhere January 14, 2009.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Generally I am very excited when I hear that one of my favorite designers is creating a low price point line for a chain retailer. I was giddy with the first glimpse of Sonia Rykiel's line for H&M (debuting December 5th) and am still in love with my Vera Wang for Kohls comforter set. What I think is lame, is when these designer's believe that $78 for a tee shirt is reasonable simply because their clothing generally costs in the upper $1000's for a piece. Yes, that's quite a drop from what you usually charge, and for your clientele that is able and willing to drop $4000 for a cocktail dress, $78 is a great deal. For those of us living in the real world though, please, I'll go to Old Navy and buy a $4 tee shirt and call it a day.
What brought on this rant you ask? Designer Zac Posen has recently announced the launch of his chic sportswear line, Z Spoke, which will be sold exclusively (for now) at Saks. Saks has carried Posen's original line since 2004 so considerate of Posen to return the favor by giving them the exclusive. However....
Posen is known for his red carpet master pieces, and while I get it, he won't be putting the effort into a less high end line, he describes the new venture as "minimalist and utilitarian." Hmm, doesn't exactly conjure up thoughts of what Posen is known for, does it?
While giving Jessica Iredale of WWD fame a sneak peek of the collection, Posen held up a tee shirt and asked "Opening price point is what, $88?"
$88??? For a tee shirt? Really? Well no, Posen was off a bit. It's $78. Phew! SO MUCH BETTER!!! What a deal!
Have no doubt though, this line will sell. Why you ask? Because of the Zac Posen name. Which proves my theory that when people know nothing about fashion, they will buy overpriced whatever because it says Zac Posen, Ralph Lauren, Armani, ect. Note to those of you with the itch to up your fashion ante- a tee shirt from Walmart looks the same as a tee shirt from Zac Posen when worn under your favorite sweater. Unless of course Posen's is lined with gold and comes with a rent controlled loft on the lower eastside. Just saying...