Diane Von Furstenberg is the president of Council of Fashion Designers of America. Sometimes, she speaks out about he importance of having a healthy body image during events such as the one mentioned in this article at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Harris Center for Education and Advocacy in Eating Disorders. While I understand and respect her promoting a healthy body image, especially with regards to models in the fashion industry, I'd have a lot more respect for her if she actually led by example.
What do I mean? Most people, when they think of fashion models, they think of tall, extremely thin women who work hard to maintain their look. Some fashion models have even died of eating disorders themselves. Many girls want to be fashion models. They think of this look as "hot". They think it's what guys want. They think of it as the "perfect figure". Ironically, I was once taught that a possible reason for using this thin build in fashion shows was because the women were supposed to be more like a hanger in which the clothing could be showcased rather than the woman herself attracting all the attention. Yet for some reason, despite all this, Diane Von Furstenberg's self-titled couture line uses the average barely-healthy stick-thin models in her fashion show. Did it ever occur to her that, maybe, just maybe, you should "be the change you want to see in the world"?
Here is the Diane Von Furstenberg fashion show at the last Mercedes-Benz fashion week:
For me personally, I think a fashion show AND the clothing would get a lot more attention if the women were healthy. What fashion brand is actually addressing this issue? Elena Miro, a plus size brand. Check out a short video on the brand via youtube.
In other news, the Maritimo Shopping Center in Romania, planned to open in the Fall of this year, will house international brands such as Zara, H&M, Decathlon, Oysho, and Bershka. It will have over 50,000 square metres of space for lease. For more information, click here and here. Topshop will soon expand its brand into Canada, which will be operated in Canada by Hudson Bay, Co. Ottawa Fashion Week in Canada is scheduled from 18 through 20 of March. The 4th annual "International Wedding Expo Doha" (IWED), held by the Qatar Expo Group, occured earlier this month. Designers included American designer Vera Wang, Saudi designer Waed, and Lebanese deisgner Walid Atallah. . In South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Foundation is launching a fashion line designed by Seardel under the number 46664 (Mandela's former prison number). Today, in Lagos, Nigeria, ARISE Magazine Fashion Week 2011 begins.