Just watched this very funny Jimmy Kimmel video in which a fake reporter goes around to various people at Fashion Week and asks them to discuss designers that don’t exist and events that never occurred. A very entertaining bit but I can’t say I wouldn’t do the same thing if I were in their shoes… well, I sure HOPE I wouldn’t but in their minds, it would have been embarrassing to admit that they have no clue what they’re talking about. Especially on video. How were they supposed to know that the interviewing was feeding them as much BS as they were giving back? Hopefully the people are laughing along with the rest of us and aren’t too embarrassed. Anyway, if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out!
Now BE HONEST, beyond all reasonable doubt, would you definitely not do what these people did? Or might you?
Some of you may remember that Christian Louboutin made available a wide spectrum of “nude” colored shoes last year. Now, a lingerie brand called Nubian Skin has a new collection of undergarments for women of color! I think this is wonderful. To be honest, the fact that what is generally considered “nude” (the color) is not everyone’s nude never even crossed my mind until a few months ago. I was dressing a beautiful black model and I grabbed a pair of “nude” heels to go with the look… then it occurred to me that the shoes would not appear nude on the model. There were no shoes that matched her skin tone so I switched them out for typical black heels. A couple weeks after this first realization, I was browsing through some photos of a Dance Theatre of Harlem exhibition (I like to follow the dance world even though I’m only recreational) and in one case there were several pairs of pointe shoes that were assorted shades of brown and a little article that went with it. Again, it hit me that the traditional ballet pink pointe shoes and tights were not meant for women of darker complexions. Now, I know that dancers have to make their own pointe shoe alterations (break them in, sew on elastics and ribbons, etc.) so it’s understandable that dancers of color have to dye their own shoes. That didn’t bother me. However, I was reminded of that time a couple weeks before and I thought, How ridiculous is it that it’s 2014 and “nude” apparel/accessories don’t work for people of color the way they do for white people? Now, I’m very happy that Louboutin and now Nubian Skin are fixing this problem but why did it take so long to happen? I’m a light-skinned Asian so while this particular inconvenience never affected to me I do understand feeling like your group isn’t getting a lot of acknowledgement. I turn on the television, watch a movie, see a Broadway show- the odds of seeing a character that looks like me is very unlikely. I hope these new “nude” lines mean that will change in the near future.
Disclaimer: This is a hot debate topic. These are my own personal views, I’m not saying I’m right, I’m just saying this is how I feel about it. You are certainly free to disagree.
Note: When I refer to models, I am mainly speaking about high fashion runway models.
In recent years, the modeling industry has been criticized for assorted, numerous reasons. Models being too young, agencies encouraging eating disorders, too much airbrushing on photos, etc. Many companies now are making a point of featuring “real women” (whatever that’s supposed to mean) while those that don’t follow this trend have to basically act completely ignorant or open themselves up to criticism if they share views that are not the popular “all models should be a size 12-14 because that’s the average American female.”
Now here’s one of my unpopular opinions, I think image-wise, the modeling industry is in great shape. I think Isaac Mizrahi summed it up pretty well in a 2013 Huffington Post interview.
“…the girls are encouraged to be thin, but I don’t think they’re encouraged to look like drug addicts anymore.” [¹]
I can’t remember the last time I saw a model that looked unhealthy. I really can’t. I think it’s ironic that the people who are complaining about models “looking bulimic” (when they probably are not) are the ones who need to be enlightened regarding different body types.
I’d like to make a few points:
– Fashion is a business-based-business. What I mean by that is, designers are artists. SUCCESSFUL designers are business-people. They have a product to sell, they’ll sell it the best way they know how.
– Designers are not made of money. They work unbelievably hard to be successful and what they make goes right back into their company. It’s just not practical to make sample sizes up to size 10 let alone 12-14!
– There’s a lot more… insurance in using a model that’s 5’10” and 34-24-34. Nothing’s ever certain but you can expect that this model has a really good metabolism and she won’t gain or lose enough weight to cause any problems with fit.
– Models are not all size 0! That is a huge huge misconception. Best I know, most models are around a size 4.
– My personal opinion is that these rigid standards keep the modeling world small… well, relative to what it would be if there weren’t any physical standards. And it would just be even harder for models to get work.
– The modeling world is weird. Don’t try to compare it to the real world or even to Hollywood, you’ll make yourself crazy. Once you acknowledge that the modeling world and the real world just value different traits and are completely separate, you won’t care so much. I mean, I’m five feet tall. I don’t exist in the modeling world. That doesn’t bother me.
Now, that’s not to say that I don’t think there are certain standards that should be in place to ensure that models are safe and healthy. Because I do.
– Models under the age of 18 should be thoroughly educated on health and have healthy habits drilled into their brains.
– Models under the age of 18 should not be allowed to work if it could be detrimental to their physical or mental health.
-Models under the age of 18 should always have some sort of guardian present when working.
– There should be resources for models who’s careers have come/are coming to an end. They should have help making that career transition.
So those are my thoughts and feelings on the modeling industry and some of the controversies surrounding it. Feel free to weigh in!
Project Runway airs every Thursday at 9PM EST and the fans this season are disappointed! Every time I look at the Runway Facebook page, the top comments are negative. The ratings have gone down, as well. So what are these concerns that Runway fans have about the current season?
1) “Bring back Michael Kors and get rid of Zac Posen!” There are so many comments like this, it’s ridiculous. However, I can’t say I disagree. First and foremost, Zac does not fit in with the show. He’s a brilliant, respected designer and he does have some valuable things to say… but ultimately, he does not make interesting television. Michael was fun and brought life to the show. Zac was just not the right replacement. Isaac Mizrahi would have been fabulous!…but he’s already a judge on All-Stars AND he had his own Runway knock-off show.
2) “The judges never choose a good winning outfit!” Right on, once again. I have a lot of respect for all of the designers because I know that it’s very difficult to do what is being asked while you’re being followed around by camera-people and producers. That being said, the looks this season have been fantastically disappointing. Time after time, Kini and Fäde produce good work and get very little recognition while Amanda and Sandhya get praised for some of the least appealing looks of the runway (once again, nothing against them personally).
3) “Heidi needs to dress her age.” This is where I disagree. If you or I looked like Heidi Klum at age 41 with four kids (or just in general), we’d probably show off too. Also remember that this is Lifetime Television not a PTA meeting. If you don’t like it, change the channel.
4) “The judges are so mean to the contestants!” I would be honored to be critiqued by the best people in the business. Just to be in the presence of Tim and/or Heidi would be a dream come true. This is one of the greatest opportunities these people will have in their lives. If anything, I feel bad for the judges that they have to look at such eyesores week after week. If the contestants don’t like the negative feedback, they should produce better work. Plus, I doubt they take it as personally as the viewers at home. The people at home don’t see all the cameras and the producers. They can forget that it’s just a TV show. The contestants probably can’t.
So do YOU agree with what’s being said about PR13? What complaints (or praises) do you have? Let me know!
A huge misconception (that I am guilty of believing myself) is that you have to have a lot of money to really be fashionable and that if you do, you are. In popular culture, it’s very rare that young fashion icons get recognition for their wardrobe/accessories if it didn’t cost hundreds or thousands of dollars.
I feel jealous more often than I’d like to admit of people who can afford to dress designer from head-to-toe every day. And by people, I don’t mean celebrities. I have no trouble drawing that line between celebrity culture and reality. I mean friends, acquaintances, other fashion bloggers, and even just hypothetical people. My taste level is exceptionally high which creates a problem. What I want ≠ what I can actually afford. Many of my favorite brands, I own nothing from! Badgley Mishka, Jimmy Choo, Ted Baker, Valentino, Chanel, Burberry.
What I’m fortunately beginning to realize is that doesn’t mean I can’t love and appreciate these designers the same as, or even more than, those who wear them frequently. And it also doesn’t mean that I should feel weird about wearing high-street brands. Most people (incorrectly) assume that I make everything I wear anyway, so they’d never know I got that cute little sweater off the clearance rack at H&M! If you know how to shop, you can do very well on a budget and be satisfied even if you have a high taste level.