Roberto Cavalli says no to skinny models

January 11, 2010

Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli doesn’t understand why so many people in
the industry create clothes for stick-thin models as his designs look best of women with curves.

“I’ve also never been influenced by that trend of putting thin, ethereal
women on the catwalk,” he explained. “I’ve always looked for real women
with curves because I’m fascinated by the shape and harmony of a women’s

Roberto, who is inspired by women’s figures, has designed a new range of floaty, feminine gowns.

“I wanted to show off the women’s sensuality through transparencies,
introduce a women who hides her fragile side in dresses with a masculine
cut. I’ve used the muted tones of Florence’s buildings, the colour of
olive leaves, the pale blue of a spring sky, and mixed them with my new
prints. This season I’ve created a new dream, based on my own memories,”
he told Britain’s Hello magazine.

What a refreshing viewpoint from a fashion icon! These comments are what we need from people in an industry which has such influence over the way we look and feel. They are in stark contrast to those made last year by designer Karl Lagerfield who criticized Brigitte magazine’s announcement that they will only use “ordinary, realistic” models in future, insisting that people prefer looking at slim women and the “absurd” decision was driven by overweight women who did not want to be reminded of their body problems.

“These are fat mummies sitting with their bags of crisps in front of the television, saying that thin models are ugly. Fashion is all about dreams and illusions, and no one wants to see round women,” he said.

How very inspiring of him!

So what do you think? Who do you agree with?

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