2nd\NE Quadrant The Approval Matrix: Week of April 7, 2008
By New York Mag
Is the age of the pale, nondescript waif model almost over? According to Anna Wintour's letter in the April shape issue of Vogue, it ought to be. She explains she chose Gisele Bündchen for the cover because she's remained "athletic and curvaceous (by the standards of the modeling business)." Wintour continues:
I wish I could say the same for the young women who were just on the runways at the New York fall collections. Overall, they were pale and thin, and entirely lacking in the joyfulness and charm that once defined the supermodel. This, of course, is not their fault: Designers now near-uniformly favor a non-vivacious, homogenous ideal.
It's a strange time in the fashion industry. Our top talents, usually so adept at anticipating their public's preoccupations and desires appear to me to be utterly disconnected from the cultural stream. Surely, given the upcoming summer Olympics in Beijing and the significant attention lavished on pro sports heroes, it would be the right moment to celebrate healthy toned physiques....I would urge designers to consider athleticism and vitality as assets in the wearing of great fashion.