Jun 27, 2008
People Crack Me Up: 4
June 12, 2008 – "I was so obsessed with food that I would flip out if I ate an apple," said Coco Rocha at Tuesday night's CFDA-hosted discussion "The Beauty of Health: How the Fashion Industry Can Make a Difference." ... Rocha's statements were a sobering reminder of how much of a difference the industry still needs to make. ... Kors chided his peers: "Stay away from making child-size clothes unless you're making clothes for a child." He also urged casting agents and bookers to be realistic about a model's body type and to not "try to force a square peg into a round hole."
Following the speeches, the discussion was opened up to the floor. Casting agent James Scully entreated designers to remain loyal to models who may have gone up a dress size. "Don't treat them like greyhounds that need to be taken outside after the race and shot," he said. "Why can't you alter the clothes to fit them?" Designer Doo-Ri Chung, however, felt that the blame lay elsewhere. "I would love to make adjustments for someone who had a hip," she said after the discussion. "But we have a limited choice of girls and as they get smaller, we as designers have to adjust to that."
At the end of the night, guests united to lend their names to a petition demonstrating the industry's continuing support of the CFDA initiative. And Rocha's words were still very much in everyone's ears: "The pressure to be thin in this business is unbearable," she had said earlier. "People would say to me, 'We don't want you to be anorexic. We just want you to look it.' "