In addition to creating a legacy built on skin-tight, curve-hugging dresses, Herve Leger cast countless of models throughout the 1990s, and has revealed that the reason he no longer shows his collection at Fashion Week is due to one simple reason: models of the 2000s are boring.
In an interview with Vogue, the designer claims that if he were to return to runway shows, he “would be in a panic” since “the models [he finds] are too skinny, too sad”.
Who is he to comment (you ask)? Behold the trump card: “I knew the age of super top models, Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford, who were always lively and smiling. Today . . . you will see the exact same type of girl – it doesn’t inspire me.” Understandable, especially since the days of “supermodels” seem just as bygone as the decade itself. (Unless the grunge revival’s any inclination of an impending resurgence.)
This revelation comes hot on the heels of Italian Vogue editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani who recently created a petition against pro-anorexia sites in an attempt to defend the fashion industry from its ties to the disorder. Blaming Facebook, she ignored the testimonies of countless models and earned a whole word full of backlash after claiming that models are “naturally long, lean and slender” as well as “still very young and still not fully developed”. True? At times. Accurate? . . . Really? Facebook?
But perhaps this is the beginning. With some models forced to abide by a minimum weight requirement, maybe the fashion industry’s waif factor is about to drop down. But realistically? There’s a long way to go.