Writing Under The Influence

Well, I made it out of my surgery alive but pretty sore and bruised. Seriously, y’all, it feels like someone went toe-to-toe with my abdomen and my abdomen lost big time. So I’m on pain medication at the moment, which will hopefully not totally prevent me from being able to do all the writing I had planned on doing this week.

I’ve been obsessively watching The September Issue over the past few days. Oddly, I find Anna Wintour endearing. She seems intelligent, decisive and direct. I can see where some may be put off by her directness, particularly if you’re one who needs a lot of hand-holding and positive reinforcement in your work. But it seems that her expectations are pretty well-known among her staff, so it’s a matter of keeping your head down and working within her framework. Of course the big issue with her is her blatant fatphobia — which in the fashion community is not rare, of course — but it does cause some serious cognitive dissonance for me as I find her otherwise to be somewhat of a role model of success in a field I’m very interested in. Unfortunately, other than some “plus size” models, it’s pretty hard to find role models in the fashion industry that aren’t tainted by some strain of fatphobia.

I was kind of amazed that Ms. Wintour is so averse to black. I know it’s such a cliché that fashion editors always wear all black, but she really actively dislikes it. I personally couldn’t imagine my wardrobe without black. I tend to shy away from most prints, especially florals, because they can so easily look cheap and ugly. Stripes and spots are simple, so I don’t have a problem with wearing them as long as they aren’t too big. But too often in plus size clothing the prints are just hideous. I’m not sure why designers think it’s a good idea to splash an awful pattern over a larger canvas.

That just ties in to the problem I have with so many plus sized clothing ranges, the fact that they’re just not well-thought out or fashionable in the slightest. How hard is it to just make clothing that’s in fashion but in a larger size? They really make you work for your style. I’d love to wear looks off the runway, and I know most fat women would as well. I wish I had the ability to draw and sew, or had my own personal atelier who could translate my ideas into finished garments. Of course, don’t we all. But I really want to know what the holdup is on making fat women’s clothing that mirrors what’s in style now. You’d think stores that have a main range and a plus sized range would just make the plus sized clothes larger versions of the main clothes. Like with ASOS’ Curve range, why do they need to reinvent the wheel when the main range has such cute pieces? It’s just baffling to me.

Apologies for the random nature of this post. I’m just getting my feet wet again.


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