Most of the Spring 2014 fashion week stuff can be skipped for plus size women – we’re generally excluded, although some troll the shows for ideas for our own wardrobes and sewing projects. Weâ€™ve heard about Eden Miller, weâ€™re all happy. But hereâ€™s one that appears to have slipped under the radar: Rick Owens. (While I read plus size blogs I am beyond behind lately. It happens â€“ sorry, fellow bloggers, truly!) I havenâ€™t seen it covered on plus size fashion blogs but that doesnâ€™t mean it hasnâ€™t been covered.
Why is it important? Owens foregoes models altogether in favor of Step Dancing/Drumline etc. troupes. Itâ€™s pointed out that Owens isnâ€™t a fat acceptance guy â€“ he just does his thing and sometimes other people find it weird. Thatâ€™s really the state weâ€™re going for. â€œI want a drumline!â€ rather than â€œI want fat models to shock people with!â€ It appears that in his mind, these things are unrelated.
What we get is a demonstration of women who might be considered fat who are obviously very fit. You canâ€™t do step, or drumline or other intense, competitive aerobic activity without getting some muscle tone â€“ and it does not automatically make you thin. While thereâ€™s valid criticism about the clothing not fitting to the women very well, when I look at the clothing and think about it from my own lifestyle point of viewâ€¦ I have to admit that there are a lot of pieces I would actually wear. (Obviously not that black pom pom skirtâ€¦ what the hell is that about, anyway?)
Note: the horrendous expressions on the modelâ€™s faces are â€œgame face,â€ expressions used to intimidate their opponents when they go in for step competitions. It makes sense once you know the context.