In an interview with Marie Claire UK, Italian designer Valentino Garavani complains about the way fashion “ridicules” women and designers forget how women are actually shaped. Hear hear!
“There is a time to show the legs and to show the cleavage, but it’s about the cut,” says Valentino in Marie Claire UK’s December 2012 issue.Â Â ”What happens too much in fashion today is that designers design for themselves.”
That’s one of the tyrannies of the fashion industry — season in and season out, you’ve got women and men dressing in clothes that are ill-suited Â to their bodies or practical needs or whatever just because it’s the trendy look or cut that year. With clothes so cheap, and fashion media so encouraging, people — and women especially — are really pushed to prize being of-the-moment over quality or personal style or knowing what Â flatters your shape. It makes Valentino’s old school sensibility pretty refreshing.
“Clothes should not ridicule a woman, should not make them a fashion victim,” he says.