News__ TOO FAT TO WALK RIGHT
Canadian knitwear designer Mark Fast flipped the rules of the runway at London Fashion Week when he decided to have his designs paraded by both skinny minnie and plus-size models. The stylist and designer working with Fast were so appalled by his radical choice that they quit just days before the event. Fortunately, for Fast, the show was saved as Daniela Agnelli and Natalie Hubbarb stepped in to fill the position of the alleged quitters.
Fast asserted that his decision to have runway models of sizes 12 and 14 was a conscious social statement. His creative director Amanda May stated, "The decision to use fuller girls is something we have been talking about. There's an idea that only thin and slender women are able to wear Mark's dresses and he wanted to combat that." Why is this such a big deal? He just wanted to let 90% of his consumer market know that this stuff is for them too.
Since the event, much attention has been paid to the quitters. One quitter, stylist Erika Kurihara backed up her case by explaining that she didn't quit because the women were large, but because of their largeness they couldn't master the right walk for the runway. ‚ÄúThe walk is very important,‚Äô‚Äô claimed Erika. Oh yes, most women who wear a size twelve suck at walking. I mean how much practice can you get going from the computer to the fridge? Eh? Eh?
Hopefully Fast's bold move will cause a transformation. The changes have been implemented, but with the expected critique. Fast put proportionate women on his runway; his stylist lost it. Glamour had a plus-size model, Lizzi Miller featured nearly naked in the magazine last month; some claimed she ruined the escapism that fashion magazines bring for women. Most people in the fashion industry would say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" but the problem is that things have been broken for years, and we're running out of duct tape.
(Two models from the Mark fast show)