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Helmut Newton

Helmut Newton

Yesterday I posted a Three-Word Runway Review of Alexander Wang’s Pre-Fall 2014 collection with a photo that honestly made me cringe.  What could have been an intriguing cut-out panel on a sweater became a window into the sickness that has plagued fashion for more than twenty years now: models who are way too thin.  There is nothing attractive about a bony scapula sticking out of the back of an outfit.

Anyway, just a moment after reviewing that show I stumbled across this photo on vogue.com of an image from Helmut Newton’s long-forgotten/recently resurrected 1986 Pirelli Calendar.  Look at that body! What a difference ten or twenty pounds makes.

For years I have asserted that crappy designers who cannot navigate around curves are the reason why stick-thin, shapeless models have become the norm in fashion.  Once designers accepted models of that size, photographers and stylists did, too.  Now it seems revolutionary to put someone like Robin Lawley on a runway and everyone pats themselves on the back when they do.  Fashion is soooo inclusive!

Bullshit!  What about a happy medium between these living bone racks and the so-called plus-sized girls? Wouldn’t it be great if models like the one in the photo came back into style?  It’s only going to happen if we begin to celebrate designers who learn how to sew before they learn how to license their names.  The way we make heroes out of “creative directors” like Alexander Wang before they actually master “fashion design” is the reason why we have skeletons walking our runways.  If we want to return to an era of healthier bodies we’re going to have stop giving tongue baths to guys who have no idea what a woman’s body is supposed to look like.

Bring back the body!

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December 9, 2013 at 4:33 pm

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