The size zero model debate never goes out of date. It doesn’t matter how many times it’s argued out in the press, or made into TV documentaries, it’s still an ongoing issue.
Someone who feels strongly about the issue is Mark Fast. And the good thing about this is Mark Fast is a very successful fashion designer, showcasing his collections at London Fashion Week. The fashion industry practically runs off skeletal women; catwalks are production lines of tiny frames, advertising campaigns feature the boniest models, and I’ve only ever seen a ‘larger lady’ mannequin in plus size store Evans.
So hallelujah to Mark when he decided to kick off London Fashion Week with his fashion’s modelled by size 16 model Crystal Renn. However, the only problem was, his collection didn’t really suit the larger lady. His collection was built up of what he is best known for – super tight bodycon knitwear.
Looking at this from an honest eye, this only shown that Marks designs don’t work on anyone but teenage beanpoles. I personally think that the average woman, whether she’s a size 8 or a size 18, always feels slightly uncomfortable in figure hugging bodycon garments.
Hats off to Mark for introducing the idea to the catwalks, especially at such an event like LFW. But let’s start seeing this with more mainstream designs, like maxi dresses and upcoming spring styles.