A year ago when I started writing on this blog, one of my first few entries was a report on backstage beauty with my friend Carly (our associate beauty editor)--I was intimidated by all the fashion week hype but it was so much fun being part of it. Now, a year later I got to take my boyfriend, Dino, to his first fashion show! As a finance guy, attending fashion week is not something he'd normally do, but as my guest he got to see what my industry is all about.
We went to the Baby Phat Spring 2010 show at the Roseland Ballroom--this was Kimora Lee Simmon's 11th year showing her styles--so it was guaranteed to get a good crowd. We saw a ton of celebrities (mainly hip-hop stars, Victoria Secret supermodels, and America's Next Top Model judges, like Ms. J--and Kim Kardashian, who by the way is gorgeous, tiny, and in amazing shape!), but the best part of the show was of course the runway and the club music that matched the mood of the night. For the first time ever, in all of my runway-watching experiences, I saw models who looked like everyday girls! Despite what Page Six in The New York Post is saying today, these models weren't stick thin or on the borderline of an eating disorder; these girls had curves in all the right places and toned arms and legs. Even though they're much taller than most of us, with extraordinarily long legs, they had cellulite (just like you and I) and it was the first thing you could see when they strutted their stuff in teeny-tiny bikinis (fashion works in advance..so a Fall fashion show like this one, predicts the fashion for next spring, and so on).
I was happy to see that these girls weren't the "typical" of the modeling world--maybe standards are finally changing. Or maybe we should be thankful for designers like Kimora Lee Simmons who hire models that look like healthy, but really tall, versions of ourselves.