September 24, 2006


Big is beautiful on the Milan catwalk: After London row over 0-0 models, size 16s step out (Barbara McMahon, September 24, 2006, Observer)

Milan Fashion week kicked off with another band of glamorous models sashaying down the runway, yet there was one notable difference: they had flesh on their bones. With the row over too-thin models rumbling on, it was ironic that the opening show in the famously chic Italian fashion capital featured clothes for the fuller-figured.

Size 14 and 16 models strutted their stuff at the Elena Miro fashion show, displaying busts, hips and bottoms with abandon. Curves were confidently on show and body mass indices, the measure of body fat based on height and weight and the rating that has caused so much controversy in the past week, were clearly not an issue. [...]

The fashion label caters for women whose sizes range from 12 to 26, but, according to Miroglio, its core customer will be in the 16-18 range. 'We like to think that we design for real women,' he added. 'They're feminine and sexy and they will show a lot of decollete. We don't think our customers should miss out on fashion just because they are not the standard sizes.'

And by standard they mean looking like heroin addicted rent boys....

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 24, 2006 12:00 AM

Along those lines, I recall reading in the last year somewhere about how Europeans are appalled (frightened?) at the curviness and bustiness of American women. The rent-boy ideal runs deep for the Euro.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 24, 2006 10:55 AM

Pomo is homo.

Posted by: oj at September 24, 2006 11:02 AM

If gay men liked breasts ... well, they wouldn't be gay men.

Posted by: John at September 24, 2006 11:19 AM

Another web article annoyingly missing photos of what they are writing about.

I don't require rail-thin, but anything over a size 12 is pushing it.

Posted by: PapayaSF at September 24, 2006 2:14 PM

Not bad, but some are pushing it. Then there's the worry that the seemingly inevitable weight gain that comes with age will take the one at the upper right (for example) into actually obesity.

Posted by: PapayaSF at September 25, 2006 5:47 PM