Playing "Fast" and Tight on the Runway: Part 2

Mark Fast London 2010 Crystal RennThere has been a great response to my first post on Mark Fast’s use of plus-sized models on the runway. Many of you have commented that the dresses all looked very “tight” on the models. I have to agree. But there is a reason for that.

I want to give Mark Fast his props for using plus-sized models on the runway. Plain and simple. He received a great amount of publicity for that and you know what, he deserves it. But you have to realize that he is not a “plus-size” designer. He does not create a separate plus-size pattern with a sample made for a plus-size model to wear. He simply squeezed Crystal Renn into the same sample size he had the smaller models wear. Sample sizes do not come in larger sizes. In a perfect world, it would work...but that is not the case. Let’s look at this as making baby steps in the fashion world. You don’t always win the first time out!

NeverSayDiet asked me to simply pick out my favorite three dresses in his line and that is exactly what I did on the first post. I wrote it on his designs only. You will notice that I never said they looked “good” on the plus models.  I was simply reviewing the dresses. Again, in a perfect world, I would have changed up his clothing to accommodate larger women. But then it wouldn’t have been Fast’s creations anymore, it would have been mine. I didn’t want to pick them apart.  I just wanted to pin point what I liked about each piece. I did love some of the details of his designs. But it obviously would be better if they actually fit!  However, Mark Fast’s designs were skin tight on all the models even the anorexic ones! Visible Panty Lines as far as the eye can see. That is his style and his look. You can see the same effect throughout his line. If he truly wants to address plus-size, he will have to add plus-sizes to his line or at least a larger sample size for the plus model to wear.

As far as the discussion as to whether Crystal Renn is a “plus-size model”, she is what passes for plus size in the fashion world. A size 12 is so far out of their comfort zone that it started a riot the last time Fast did it.

I applaud his effort. He took the first step. (and got a lot of publicity and credit for it).  Kudos to him! If he takes the next step and actually designs plus-sized clothing for his line then I will be very pleased. Totally shocked and surprised but very pleased!

Is the dress half full? Or half empty? How do you see it?

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