According to Tim Gunn, plus-sized fashion is "devestating," going so far as to call out skinny elitism — and also Andrej Pejic, androgynous superstar.
"Frankly, there are two markets," he said to the Huffington Post. "The women who are larger than the 12, and then there are women who are petite. And most designers that I talk to have absolutely no interest in addressing either of those populations, which I find repugnant."
"Go to Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue," he continued. "I think it's the eighth floor, and it's just a department called, 'Woman.' It's rather devastating. You've never seen such hideous clothes in your entire life. I mean, it's simply appalling. Thank God there are no windows on that floor because if I were an 18, I'd throw myself right out the window [after seeing those clothes]. It's insulting what these designers do to these women."
He then went on to acknowledge how runway models are notoriously, often shockingly, thin, and how that in itself is damaging the industry.
"I mean, there are so many models walking the runway who haven't even gone through puberty," he said. "And this is not the real world."
As for how Andrej Pejic fits in?
"The designers love him because he doesn't have any hips, and women aren't going to look like that."
Man alive. In terms of size and runway models, Gunn's arguably got a point: it's still hard to pick up "what's in" if you've got curves, though thanks to the re-establishment of vintage, it's at least easier to find pieces that work with hourglass-like figures. But if you want new pieces? Well, it's about time someone like Gunn spoke up.
However, the Pejic comment is arguably a little more controversial — especially since his presence in fashion has seen him break down barriers in terms of gender norms. What do you guys think?