Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Stick-Figures Still Hot on the Catwalk

The models celebrated the news by sharing a cornflake.

Stick-thin still in for models at NY fashion shows
NEW YORK, Sept 12 (Reuters) - In the first big shows since it tried to address the problem of stick-thin models, the U.S. fashion industry seems to have cast the issue off like last season's styles and the models still looked emaciated.

Before the fall shows in February, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the U.S. industry's trade group, issued guidelines teaching models about nutrition, banning those under 16 from runways and offering healthy food backstage, with no smoking or alcohol.

But the issue failed to generate much controversy beyond the catwalks, and consumers did not spurn designers who used ultra-thin models, experts say.

"What a shame, that it was such a big deal last season, and now nobody seems to have noticed that the models have not gained an ounce," said David A. Wolfe, creative director of The Doneger Group trend forecasters.

And The elaborate folds and puffy sleeves in many spring styles helped keep the issue under wraps in the shows at New York's Fashion Week, which concluded on Wednesday.

Now no one is even talking about it, Wolfe said, partly because the newest outfits show less skin.

"Longer hemlines are covering the toothpick legs," he said. "The full skirts are covering the jutting hip-bones."

Models have long been skinny but their weight became a hot topic after two Latin American models died of anorexia last year. Critics say fashion's obsession with waif-like frames leads young women to dislike their bodies.
In other developments, look next year for emaciated boys as well.
A wave of very thin male models, appearing in shows in Europe, may be poised to show in New York, Wolfe said.

"Practically every designer who thinks they're edgy is now using a pack of boys who really are as skinny as the skinniest girls," Wolfe said. "I think by next year they will be here. It's like an alien invasion."

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