Here at Liz Fields we are very excited about the newest trends that have turned up at Fashion Week this season. The trend we are most excited about though isn’t a style; it’s the trend towards designing for the real woman! One wouldn’t think that would be such a big deal, but unfortunately we all know that it has been. Of course, Liz Fields dresses have always been geared towards the real woman. With dress sizes ranging up to size 28, and with larger bust sizes in all our dresses, our garments are meant to show off the female form, not to hide it or try to change it. Fortunately for anyone who isn’t naturally a size zero, the rest of the fashion world is starting to agree.
One reason for the problem is thought to have been that designers were squeamish about the female form and therefore designed for women with more boyish features. It has also been argued that a dress with fewer curves would look better on the hanger and be better for the overall presentation. One anonymous designer back in 2006 was quoted as saying “For me as a designer, I would never knowingly use a model who was anorexic, but the simple fact is that we employ these girls as moving coat-hangers… We’re not looking for sex appeal or to hold a mirror up to the woman on the street, we’re trying to shift clothes to the store buyers, and I personally think that a slender figure is the best way to show them off.” What the point was of having a dress that looks great on the “hanger”, but not on you is anybody’s guess, but that’s how it was. Luckily, change seems to be coming!
V magazines first issue of 2010 sought to prove to the world that fashion doesn’t need to be restricted to smaller frames. By having two models, one smaller, and one “plus sized” posed next to each other in the exact same garments, readers could clearly see both girls looked beautiful. Some readers even commented that they preferred the fuller look. Editor-in-chief of V magazine Stephen Gan commented that: “After all, plus-size models are really just normal-size people deemed “plus” by fashion’s extreme standards.”
No one wants to bash girls who are naturally a size zero, but the fact is that more and more designers are beginning to choose a variety of sized models to show off their looks, rather than the same physique over and over. At the most recent fashion week shows designers like Miuccia Prada and Marc Jacobs have started presenting styles intended to show off a fuller figure. Marc Jacobs even went so far as to title his Vuitton show, “And God Created Woman,” after the 1956 Roger Vadim film starring Brigitte Bardot. His first outfit down the runway was featured on Leatita Castra, a curvy model and actress, and his last was featured on swimsuit legend 46-year old Elle Macpherson. Marc Jacobs told reporters backstage at his Vuitton show in Paris on Wednesday: “This time, I set out to cast a variety of sexy women — younger, older, thin, and voluptuous, from every ethnic background.” The Vuitton show seemed to make the woman’s body the point, rather than an unfortunate side effect.
Tell us what you think about the new runway trends! Is the ban on unhealthy models beginning to have an effect on the future fashion coming our way?