As the SS’11 New York Fashion Week concluded sometime back, the runway was taken over by models of all shapes and sizes.
OneStopPlus.com — an online shopping portal especially catering to full-figured women — had Lizzie Miller, the woman credited with kickstarting this love for curves. At the Milan Fashion Week, that had started on September 22, designer Elena Miro showed a collection of frocks for plus-sized women. Her voluptuous models catwalked flaunting their full figures, ample breasts and thighs.
“Now it seems curves are back for good. Even Victoria Beckham, who is famous for her stick-thin figure, also stated during her show at NYFW that she wants to celebrate a woman’s curves,” says Varun Rana, associate fashion features editor at Harper’s Bazaar India. “Because of the recession, there has been a big shift in the fashion industry to an easier glamour, a more real fashion scene. And easier glamour doesn’t discriminate against real women or sizes,” adds Rana.
But big isn’t beautiful everywhere. During the recently concluded London Fashion Week, designer Mark Fast’s stylists quit his team after he sent down Size 12 and 14 models in his signature sculpted mini-dresses at his show. So, amidst all this debate, will the Indian runways see a more favourable march of curves? “Our models are already quite curvier as compared to the models from Milan and Paris. So this debate really doesn’t apply to India,” adds Rana.