Playing it "Fast" and Tight on the Runway

British designer Mark Fast broke all catwalk taboos when he used plus-size models during his Feb. 20 fashion show at London Fashion Week. Curvy models like Crystal Renn walked the runway in his designs, and just one look proves that clothing can be showcased just as effectively by a plus-size model. Mark Fast, we applaud you! It is so amazing that a designer is willing to buck tradition on the runway.

Now, let’s take a look at how he did.

All the attention is on the legs with the first look on the left. Fast’s hand-crafted knits are sculpted to the body as he creates shape and movement in this dress by exposing the legs and making it the focus of everyone’s attention. He uses elastomeric yarns, blended with viscose and cashmere. The detailed work right above the knee  ensures the eye will visit your legs when you wear this number.

Next up is Crystal Renn in a monochromatic ensemble (middle). The exquisite details of his graphic pattern of knitted holes are enhanced by the embellishment of Swarovski crystals on the neckline, the sleeves and the hem.

For fall, everyone is seeing red -- and we're not talking about the fashionistas who quit Fast's show last year because he used plus-size models. This striking red dress (right) looks fabulous with purple tights. It is one of my favorite color combinations. He has outdone himself this time with the comfort length sleeves (which, we admit, may be the only comfortable part of his collection which is very skintight) along with his trademark twists, knots and ridges that all play an important role in the concept of this dress.

What do you think of these looks? What do you think of plus-size models being used in London Fashion Week?

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