Fashion designers 'must make sample sizes bigger' Image copyright EPA Designers at London Fashion Week should show at least two sample sizes, one of which should be a UK size 12 or above, the Women's Equality Party has said.
Its #NoSizeFitsAll campaign has called on the British Fashion Council to lead the way for healthy body images at the event, which starts on 15 September. The WEP said: "Designers churn out sample sizes so small that models have to starve themselves to fit into them. " The BFC said it takes the issues the campaign raises "very seriously".
A UK size 12 or above is considered "plus-size" by the industry, while sample size clothing worn by models on catwalks tends to be a UK size 4, or a US size zero. Sophie Walker, leader of the WEP, told the BBC that the campaign aimed to tackle the growing number of women and girls suffering from eating disorders by going to the "root of the problem" - sample sizes from fashion designers. Thinkstock Eating disorders Source: Beat - Beating eating disorders. How do you help girls feel happier? Savvy designers - including Burberry and Topshop - unveil 'seasonless' collections. The luxury fashion market may have suffered in the past few years but designers are more eager than ever to turn it around.
Indeed, some of the biggest brands showing at London Fashion Week have put on a defiant display to the traditionalists in Paris by unveiling 'seasonless' collections that consumers can buy fresh off the runway. It's a defiant move considering that for the past 100 years we've had to wait at least six months to get our hands on anything shown on the catwalk. Usually if you watched a show in September, you'd witness spring/summer’s designs sashaying down the runway but not be able to get your hands on them until the following March. So, in a majorly modern move for the fashion industry, the likes of Burberry, Topshop Unique and Alice Temperley have heralded the end of ‘The Season’ with 'see-now-buy-now' collections. The model is about giving consumers a new way to discover more from the brands they know and love. On Sunday, Sir Philip Green's Topshop did the exact same. Designers aim for even faster fashion.
Image copyright Reuters US designers are adopting the "show-now, shop-now" trend during New York fashion week that allows consumers to buy designs straight from the catwalk.
Tom Ford and Tommy Hilfiger are among those that have followed British fashion house Burberry in making new styles available to buy immediately. Most shows are now live-streamed and featured on social media. That has prompted some labels to show designs for the coming autumn/winter rather than next year's summer ranges. Not having to wait for glossy fashion magazines to feature the latest designs has helped to make consumers less content to accept delays of several months before they can buy them. Tom Ford is showing an autumn/winter 2016 collection for both men and women at New York fashion week rather than items for spring/summer next year.
Image copyright Getty Images Graeme Moran, head of content for fashion and features at Drapers magazine, said: "The whole industry is in flux. "I think it is very positive. Anorexia chic will never go away as designers think super-skinny signals wealth. For an industry that prides itself on being the arbiter of cool, heralding new trends before we even know we want them, it has got this one terribly, terribly wrong.
I witnessed it first hand over the weekend at London Fashion Week in all its ugly glory: malnourished models being celebrated and glorified once again. As a magazine writer and editor, I’ve been watching the shows for 18 years. Malnourished models were being celebrated once again at London Fashion Week - in particular at the Versus show (pictured) And while there have been times when it looked as if we might be putting this fixation with skinny behind us - that fashion bosses might have abandoned their obsession with ‘heroin chic’ when super-skinny models looked as though they’d just been hauled out of a drug-infested squat - I’m bitterly disappointed to report that we’re back to the bad old days.
The fashions may have evolved. After all, weren’t we making progress? Loaded: 0% Burberry See Now Buy Now Runway To Retail Christopher Bailey Interview. BURBERRY launched its long-awaited runway-to-retail model in London last night with a show of epic proportions.
Staged in a disused courtyard and warehouse behind the old Central Saint Martins building on Charing Cross Road (which was transformed into an outdoor oasis, twinkling with festoon lighting), Burberry created Makers House - a workshop-style installation that saw artists embroidering textiles, sculpting plastered busts, and making artisanal chocolates - a part of a collaboration with The New Craftsmen - to an exclusive live soundtrack played by a 21-piece orchestra. But despite the impressive format, and the equally impressive show (read Sarah Harris's report here), the main topic on everyone's mind was how would the see-now, buy-now model work? The questions were soon answered. Would there be fewer looks from the brand famous for delivering its biannual blockbusters?
No - there were 83 comprehensive looks. Indigital Seamless is certainly the way proceedings felt last night. Marc Jacobs triggers more criticism after defending dreadlocks at New York fashion show. Marc Jacobs has been accused of cultural appropriation and sparked a social media backlash after defending his decision to cast predominantly white models to wear dreadlocks in his New York fashion show.
The 53-year-old fashion designer’s show triggered immediate criticism which was then heightened by his reply which stated that he did not “see colour or race” and just “people” instead. After Thursday's show, critics questioned why Jacobs decided not to cast more black models given he was heralding a hairstyle directly associated with black culture. They argued black hair styles were more than a fashion vogue and could not simply be culturally appropriated without an acknowledgement of their origins. Jacobs then fanned the flames of the outrage with his response to the allegations of racial insensitivity.
"I respect and am inspired by people and how they look. “Black women who straighten their hair were forced to conform to those standards. (Getty Images) Reuse content.