London Fashion Week Gets A Dose of Reality

British designer Mark Fast showed his collection at London Fashion Week on Saturday and if it weren’t for his freelance stylist and casting director quitting over his decision to send 3 size 12-14 models down the runway, most state-side girls may have never gotten the chance to fall in love with his body-conscious knit dresses.  Says The Telegraph:

Designer Fast, known for his tight knitted dresses used both slender and curvier women for his show. He included three plus size models from the agency 12+ UK- Hayley Morley, 21, a size 12, Laura Catterall, 20, a size 14, and Gwyneth Harrison, 25, a size 12-14.

Amanda May, managing director for the Canadian designer said there were “creative differences with regards to the casting of those girls. There was a team change and we’re glad we stuck to our vision.”

More about Fast from Style:

That incident is certain to detonate a media furor in which Fast may find himself accused of stirring up self-publicity—but anyone who encountered the soft-spoken 28-year-old Canadian backstage would pick up on the fact that he isn’t like that. In any case, his status as an insider designer for hot women doesn’t need any artificial push. Runway-side, what Fast’s fans were actually focusing on was their next excuse to wriggle into something strategically holey to stretch across themselves. This season there was a move forward, vaguely inspired, Fast said, by watching twenties Egyptian silent-movie epics and Erin Brockovich. That could account, sort of, for the feathery fringed skirt on a scoop-neck dress, the sucked-to-the-body dresses (including a good one in lemon and beige), and an incendiary girdle and bra in cinnamon.

Still, Fast’s attraction is more in his technique—and the way he thinks of his knitting as a close cousin of hosiery rather than sweater dressing. (Twinsets have never really been his thing.) In the long run, that small but notable fact about this ex-Saint Martins specialist could be crucial to a career path that might easily lead him into a lucrative future in leg coverings and underpinnings.

Seeing how Fast reminds me of Herve Leger meets Rodarte – any chance either of those two brands plan on sending fuller women down the ramp? Sadly, we won’t hold our breath.

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  • Ricki

    Those women look miserable.

  • wonder if that was a US size 12 or UK size 12 which is really a size 8