21 April 2010

Garance says - not so SUPER sized

No one can say that Garance Dore doesn’t have serious fashion-ability, impeccable taste and all round enviable swishness. For ages she led a lifestyle comparably cute to a real-life version of Amelie – you know the film where Audrey Tatou minces round Montmatre on a bicycle looking iconic with her perfect black bob. (except Garance’s accessory was her camera, for style blogging)

Yep- we could all see how visually wonderful her world was through her blog, featuring street style and her own charming apartment all viewed through the filter of intense Parisian sun-dappling.

THEN the glossies picked her up, and now she rotates her particular brand of charming Gallic perfection around the various fashion capitals, together with boyfriend Scott Schuman, also known as The Satorialist (Yep – they are the ultimate blogging power couple)

So far so good.  But Garance, why did you have to go and pick on the plus sizers? In an interview with Australian press she reportedly said of the trend for plus sized models -

"I think it's too much and almost naive of the fashion industry, because it would be nice in a few years that the idea of different body shapes is normal, but right now it's not quite there yet,"

Although she agreed that "It should not be such a big deal to show women with different bodies”, she went on to protest that Mark Fast’s show wasn’t to her taste, saying “but sometimes it's treated like a bit of joke, or for shock, like the plus sized models on the runway in the UK fashion week". A joke?

Neither does she wholeheartedly get on board with the size themed issues of magazines such as V, or French Elle - "It's not such a good thing to show plus size because it's not really physically healthy and not always flattering to fashion," she sniffed.

Oh dear. Is la belle Garance in danger of making herself look more unpalatable than an ill-fitting kaftan top with her rigid views? Really Garance, no one is going to make you put fat girls in your work, and as for all the others, they’re not doing you any harm are they?

What do you think of Mlle Dore’s opinion? Is it enough to put you off your croissant or does she have a right to her opinion? Let us know below . . .

- Naomi Attwood


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