Hervé Leger Says Today's Models Are "Too Skinny, Too Sad"

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Hervé Leger says today's models suck because they are too thin. "If I had to go back to catwalk presentations I would be in a panic," he admitted. "Already the models I find are too skinny, too sad. And I knew the age of the super top models, Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford, who were always lively and smiling. Today you go between several défilés and you will see the exact same type of girl — it just doesn't inspire me." Leger lost control of his eponymous label in 1999 (it is now designed by Max Azria, who seems not to share Leger's low opinion of skinny 14-year-olds). Leger founded a new line (weirdly we only have heard of it in the context of an ANTM challenge) called Hervé L. Leroux in 2000. [Vogue UK]


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This might be a leaked picture of Dakota Fanning in a Marc Jacobs perfume campaign. [Fashionista]

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Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, and one strategically placed hat share the new cover of i-D. (Kloss turned 18 last August; Dunn is 20.) Inside, Dunn tells the magazine that she is no longer with the father of her son, who was arrested on charges of dealing cocaine shortly after she gave birth. "Last year was a tough year for me," says Dunn. "I went through a lot with my personal life but thank goodness my Mum was there for me every step of the way. I'm now not scared of being a single mother." Also, her son has sickle cell disease. "The hardest thing is not knowing if Riley is just miserable or if he's in pain and having a crisis. Last December he had his first crisis, and he was submitted to hospital for a blood transfusion. It was the scariest thing. All I wanted to do was take the pain away… I felt helpless as a mother. But now we have experienced his first crisis we are more prepared and know what to look out for." [Fashionologie]

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Here is Crystal Renn's ass in a Jimmy Choo ad. [TLF]

  • Today is the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, which killed 146 sweatshop workers, most of whom were very young immigrant women. To mark the event, yesterday CUNY held a symposium on garment workers' rights around the world. Kalpona Akter, who started working full-time in her native Bangladesh at the age of 12, noted that fires in garment factories there killed 51 people last year. "We are not in 2011," she said, "we are in 1911, like it was during the Triangle Shirtwaist fire." Akter earned $3.30 a month for 208 hours of work. Other speakers pointed out that the Chinese apparel industry is now outsourcing work to even lower-wage economies, like Zambia. Said sociologist Ching Kwan Lee, "The question for all of us here today is: As Chinese capital goes global, will Chinese sweatshops go with it?" [WWD]
  • WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show has an excellent segment airing now about the Triangle Fire; you can listen here. Commemorative events taking place at the site of the fire today in New York have reportedly drawn a crowd of thousands. [WNYC]
  • More than 80,000 Indian apparel manufacturers and retailers began an indefinite strike today. The textile industry is India's second-largest employer, and the government's plans to increase excise taxes on apparel products to 10% have angered many manufacturers and retailers. The government modified its plans slightly, but that concession has failed to appease the industry. [WWD]
  • Here is a behind-the-scenes video from Megan Fox's most recent Emporio Armani underwear campaign shoot. (Warning: contains house music.) [Yeeeah]
  • Tom Ford's five rules for being a gentleman includes this, Rule 3: "Manners are very important and actually knowing when things are appropriate. I always open doors for women, I carry their coat, I make sure that they're walking on the inside of the street. Stand up when people arrive at and leave the dinner table." [AnOther Man, via Telegraph]
  • Carmen Dell'Orefice has a dramatic editorial in the new Italian Vanity Fair. [Tom & Lorenzo]
  • Anyone in Paris ought to check out the new exhibit dedicated to Madame Grès at the Musée Bourdelle. [WWD]
  • American Apparel's lawyer claims that Irene Morales, one of the numerous women currently suing company founder Dov Charney for sexual harassment, sent Charney naked pictures on the email. This, says the lawyer, is evidence that Morales "stalked" Charney and is now trying to "shake down" the company. A court hearing to determine whether Morales' suit can proceed or whether it should be bumped down to binding arbitration (American Apparel decided it was sick of lawsuits, so it started making every employee sign a document promising never to sue the company, but instead to settle any disputes via binding arbitration, a process which heavily favors the company) takes place today. [NYPost]
  • HBO has given the green light to the pilot of Spring/Fall, a show set in the fashion industry in New York, and starring Tea Leoni. R.J. Cutler, who directed The September Issue is among the executive producers. [Deadline]
  • Feeling perhaps insufficiently feminine this morning, we could only access feelings of mild-to-moderate dislike for maybe three out of these "10 Things Women Hate About Men's Wardrobes." [Telegraph]
  • A model named Agatha Relota has published a children's book. [Vogue UK]
  • Recently retired Neiman Marcus C.E.O. Burt Tansky says his favorite store, aside from the one he used to run, is: "Costco. They are the Neiman Marcus of stuff. No one ever leaves without spending less than $100. No one gets out of Neiman's for less than $3,000." [WWD]
  • Tansky also said, "Essentially, we build relationships with customers. Relationships have to be built. We are not traffic stores. We are not Macy's Herald Square." Which is funny, because this next story is about two people whose relationship with Macy's is so warm that they are getting married there! The couple met in 2009 at the very Macy's in Herald Square that Tansky disdains. The proposal, too, happened at a Macy's. And Macy's is paying for their wedding. [WWD]
  • Anna Dello Russo: "Paris Fashion Week for me is like my Olympic Games, I have to be the best performer. That's why I'm thinking about clothes six months before, because it's [like] a singer, being in concert. You can't come to a concert and be like, 'Oh, I forgot a song.' When I'm here [in Paris], I really perform." But Anna, what should we do when we don't know what to wear? "Dance before you get dressed — put the music on, light the candles, dance naked, and your spirit will give you the right outfit." [CNN via Fashionologie]



My sister was a well-known model. She was on the runway with all the famous names during the era of supermodels of the nineties. I won't say her name for privacy. I know people won't believe me...I don't care.

She herself is very very skinny (she isn't anorexic, she was always extremely skinny) and she says she'd probably have a hard time modelling with today's standards. o_O

She told me that models being too skinny really boils down to three things:

- designers use 9 heads tall croquis, while the average woman is between 6 to 8 heads talls.

- extremely skinny women make people emphasis on the clothes and not their curves. They're pretty much walking clotheshanger with a face. The product is emphasized, not the women.

- the fact that so many designers are homosexuals might influence their preference for tall androgenous women

The entire world of fashion needs a culture change. Stating the obvious that women are way too skinny clearly doesn't suffice.