Today I read a troubling quote by Karl Lagerfeld, head designer of Chanel, in regards to plus size women and plus size models:
“The hole in social security, it’s also [due to] all the diseases caught by people who are too fat,” before reiterating his previously stated view that “no one wants to see curvy women on the runway”. (published on dailyvenus.diva.com)
Now, I respect Lagerfeld as a designer and have loved the Chanel brand for a long time. But, basically Mr. Lagerfeld is dissing me as customer, as well as millions of other women. I love that he has decided that “no one wants to see curvy women on the runway.” Really, Karl?
Plus size fashion, considered size 12 and up, has become a major force in the sales market. According to a April 2013 piece by ABC News, “Plus-size clothing was worth $17 billion in sales last year.” Tommy Hillfiger, Donna Karan, and Oscar de la Renta are just a few of top designers reaching out to the plus size customer. Just this last summer, I rented a Badgley Mischka gown from Rent the Runway for a class reunion. As a size 14, I appreciate designers who care about fashion being for all women!
I don’t want to stop supporting the Chanel brand, but I cannot feel comfortable giving my hard earned money to a brand that does not support me. Sorry, Karl -but you’ve got it wrong.