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Knits Gone Wild – No Boobs No Eyes Knitwear Couture

no-boobs-no-eyes-knitwear-coutureLalla Wandavi, couture knitwear designer, had numerous hand and machine knitted pieces in her Autumn Winter 2008/09 collection.

The dresses are very feminine, fresh, and young.

So why did she allow the stylist to remove the model’s eyes and put her in a dress begging for boobs?

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February 2, 2009


1 Claudia { 02.02.09 at 7:01 am }

Oh my gosh! This is horrible! I totally agree. What’s with the itty bitty, teeny tiny sizes of late? Why is the fashion world forgetting that women have curves?

Haute Couture has always taken models to the extreme. I don’t understand how they reason that death warmed over can be appealing. In my humble opinion this is not attractive by any stretch of the meaning.

Maybe it’s strictly the impression they wish to make, but you’d think they’d prefer their garment to leave the last impression in your mind, not the freakish model. It’s hard to look past her and envision yourself in the dress.

2 Pam Carlson { 02.02.09 at 8:31 am }

If you look at the website and notice the eye makeup she has on, it’s apparent her eyes are closed in this shot, not missing. However, my very first impression, before even reading your comment was that garment begs for boobs. It’s utterly ridiculous to put it on a model who has none.

I have to say most of these garments are absolutely hideous to me, but perhaps that’s just me. These garments are way too avant garde for me.

3 MamaMay { 02.07.09 at 6:11 pm }

All I can say is that I would not buy that pattern… ever. And I am thin like that!

4 Terry { 05.27.10 at 10:56 pm }

I love your sense of humor! Several of your articles have cracked me up from your dry sense of humor. I’m sure I enjoy it because I also have a very dry sense of humor! Keep up the good work!

5 Poupon { 01.14.11 at 11:22 am }

This photo is so unfortunate it’s funny, and yes, this particular dress needs curves. Actually any knit is tricky to wear, no matter one’s body type. They require the right balance of curve without lumpiness, and not many of us have that.

I thought I’d comment on the rant about haute couture and designers. I am retired from that industry, and yes, I was a name designer. The real truth is that it is the PUBLIC that demands ridiculous standards in body type. We designers are interested in financial success, and we make what sells. When curvier women spend more time shopping, and especially, shopping for fashion forward clothes, designers will follow suit.

Here are your true obstacles to changing the way the fashion industry focuses on the thin:

Teens and young adults spend the most on clothes, and that demographic is the thinnest they will ever be in their lives, due to the fact that most of the growth done during this stage of life is devoted to height, usually at the expense of girth.

Clothes must have hanger appeal, a term that means looking good just hanging with no body to fill it out. Knitwear designers have a major battle selling because knitwear has poor hanger appeal and customers lack the patience and visual skills to imagine knitwear on a body. It actually speaks well of this discussion that anyone noticed how bad this model looks with no curves to fill it out. Most people would just see it as an ugly dress. Clothes with good hanger appeal tend to look bad on curvier and larger women, so clothes made to fit them have to overcome that challenge somehow or the company can’t stay in business.

Women who don’t like their bodies (ie: women wqho feel they are underweight) avoid clothes shopping and tend to buy low end lines . You don’t see many big name designers selling at kmart and Walmart, but those are the two biggest retailers of clothes for larger women.

Larger garments take more fabric. Know any woman who would be willing to pay more for a larger size?

A small minority of designers use the controversy to get free advertising. It isn’t just weight they will use, either, proving this is not about weight, but attention. Example: Coco chanel used tanned models at a time when getting a tan was scandalous. pointing your angry finger at low rent designers for this only gives them more attention.

Fashion writers are who truly dictate fashion. The publish forecasts, which are based on recent movies, recent trends and a knowledge of the history of cycles, but mostly just made up to have something to meet a press deadline. The create most of the trends you see. One way is by phoning designers and saying they are doing a piece on, for example, red and white, or large buttons or fringe, and do they have any designs using these things that they can send by Saturday ? Well, of course, the desugner says yes and quickly makes whatever is requested. Suddenly they have a new theme for their latest line.

It’s a complex problem.

6 Dee Dee { 02.08.11 at 12:16 am }

Hi, will the interesting designer who wrote this kindly email me, i would be most grateful to pick your interest in this for my upcomming couture knitwear project. I live near London and your expertise would be of Diamond value to me :)

If anyone has any information on the following, I would be absolutely thrilled to hear from you:

*Any couture knitwear suppliers for wool
*Exhibitions on couture knitwear past and present
*Top designers who have extensive interests in knitwear
*Ethical info regards to the farming and manufacturing of couture wool
*Couture knitwear books of good taste and high quality

Thank you for reading this, any help would be returned tenfold with good karma!!!

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