Who Thinks This is Sexy?

Alright, maybe I’m not the right person to be talking about fashion. After all, if you look in my closet, you’ll see 97% black clothing, an itsy bit of blue for jeans, and a smidgen of lime green. At this time of my life, I’ve adopted the Yul Brynner philosophy of dressing. I wear black because I don’t want to have to think about what I’m going to wear. After over 30 years working in offices and courtrooms where I coordinated shoes, purses, clothing, eyeglass frames, make-up, lipstick and jewelry every day, so much so that I could’ve easily employed a part-time personal assistant, I’m very content to keep my choices down to a minimum. It makes my life very easy.

That being said, I still don’t get a lot of today’s fashion. As you can see by the accompanying photo, this is some fashion nightmare created by Dries Van Noten which I saw recently in the WSJ.

My question when I see these page-after-page layouts in the WSJ or other magazines, I ask myself, “who exactly is wearing this stuff?” Now, I know I wouldn’t expect to see anyone here on the island in the Pacific Northwest wearing these “fashions” and I wouldn’t even expect to see these monstrosities in Seattle (although you will see men in skirts – another fashion I don’t get.) I’ve traveled to major cities in Europe and Australia and it doesn’t get more cosmopolitan than New York. But I still haven’t seen anyone wearing anything close to this nightmarish style of clothing. While magazines like People spend pages telling readers about what the rich and famous are wearing, driving and carrying, even the two-bit celebrities showcased in such magazines don’t wear fashions like these.

What I also don’t get is the whole runway thing. There are tons of fashion magazines that report on the latest designers and whatever season line-up they’ve just created and there are plenty of shows on television showcasing the fashions. My question has always been why do these emaciated cadaver-looking stick women have to clomp their way down the runway? What’s with that walk? Who walks like that? I can understand the blank look on the models’ faces and their anorexic-looking bodies because they’re supposed to resemble human clothes hangers. I guess the audience is supposed to concentrate on the clothing and not even recognize that these are actually people because if they looked like real people, the clothing wouldn’t hang on any normal woman’s body the same way. But why the walk?

Here’s another example. When I see commercials for the Victoria’s Secret shows on television, I wonder why those women are clomping down the runway. They’re modeling lingerie which is supposed to be sexy so why are they walking in such an unnaturally, unsexy way? First of all, real women jiggle and to a lot of men, jiggling is naturally sexy. So I have to wonder if the reason why these abnormally thin women, with nothing to jiggle in the first place, walk that way so they will jiggle. Why not just have the models add a few pounds, pick women with real boobs instead of those fake ones that look like cupcakes slapped onto their chests, and let them walk naturally down a runway?

I just don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
  • Drew Page

    Leona  —  I think the walk is all about ‘attitude’.  The stick women who model the clothes are supposed to strut and carry that look of disdain on their faces that’s supposed to say to the women watching “Of course all the rest of you skanks are wishing you could looks this good.”   And to the men, that look is meant to say, “In your dreams, buster.”

  • AWoman

    Originally, it used to be that when you model you’re a
    hanger and little more. Some models do eventually become recognizable and step
    into Twiggy/Cindy Crawford territory. But that’s a more relatively recent
    event. Having models in similar sizes can translate into less dresses to make
    for the show, more ability to switch the outfits from model to model and less
    sizing needed. You have to fit the dress, not the other way around.

     

    Now, I’m just going on what I remember and my own experiences
    here; I am in no way an expert.

     

    The walk is in part about keeping one foot in front of the
    other while never looking down and at where you’re going. It can also be about
    the clothes designs – sometimes restrictive – and making the material flow.
    Plus the walk can be very uniform to help keep the focus on the designs and not
    the models. Never mind the times you get shoes that aren’t even your size…

     

    Regarding the designs: what is put on the runway is usually
    the extremes, the “Wow!” suits to grab the eyes of the different
    representatives. People don’t usually by those exact outfits; they buy the
    different pieces and go from there. Or at least that’s the way it used to be.

     

    Why do the VS models do the same thing? Habit. Habit
    and “that’s what it’s supposed to look like.” Personally, I hate that they have
    that particular “show” on non-cable TV for so many reasons that I do not know
    if you wanted readers to go into, here. But I agree that they look quite silly
    and don’t seem to realize it.

    • AWoman

      *buy* not “by”

  • Chief98110

    I am guessing that being perpetually hungry makes them cranky! Thus they
    stomp down the runway as a way to express their hunger and  crankiness! 

  • BetteBoop

    Thank you, Leona…finally, someone says it like it is!!!

  • Brothergibson

    Amen, Leona!! Whatever happened to the gorgeous actresses/models of the 1940’s through the early 1960’s. Who could possibly want to see an anorexic or heroin addict wannabe? Certainly not real men! Give me a real woman to hold!! Keep up the great work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shaune-Kelly-Scott/545394514 Shaune Kelly Scott

    Thank you, Leona! I sometimes think “high fashion” is purposely ugly; designers want to see if it’s true that a sucker is born every minute. What fools these mortals be!

  • cmacrider

    Leona:  Let me suggest that you never see real women wearing those outfits is because they are perfectly aware that the anorexic gadfly has absolutely no attraction to the real men of the real world.

  • Bruce A.

    Leona, you omitted tattos.  I have no clue why anybody(male or female) would get one.  Especially models or 300 lb. women.

    • LeonaSalazar

      Don’t get me started on tattoos, Bruce.   My question has always been, “Why do people get tattoos that they don’t see, but I have to see?”  I’m talking about those on the neck, lower back, back of legs, etc.   You might be interested in the following posting.  The comments are very interesting.  http://www.idontgetit.us/2011/10/tattoo-barbie/

      • Bruce A.

        Thanks, I’ll check it out.  Maybe it also covers body piercings which I also cannot understand.

        • LeonaSalazar

          I , too, don’t get body piercings at all.

    • http://shawmut.blogspot.com/ Dave O’Connor

      Bruce, you’ve touched my “Duh?” button. I’ve never been able to undertand the affinity to this tribal assignment of identification; a throwback to a less-enlighted era.
      OK, there’s the seaman who crossed the Equator; and the servicemember who chooses to memorialize what he’d choose not to remember in any other way.
      But, has it not struck anyone odd, that in this age of vanity, that some would choose to distort it?
      That in this age of easily transmitted diseases through cellular penetration, people would flaunt risk?
      As to the fashion side? How many adds appealing to one’s uniqueness, can pepriodicals carry, before we realize how ‘basely common’ the consuming public really is?
      Leona, your own remarks on tatoos might be relevent in a discussion: “Beauty is skin deep.”.

  • NANCYE

    I don’t know “what’s with” their walk either.  They look like they’re trying to hold a ping pong ball with their knees, or like they’re trying to keep their underwear from falling down.  or do they even have on underwear?  Duh!!!

  • Roger Ward

    Several years ago, in the interests of maintaining domestic harmony, I allowed my girlfriend to drag me to one of these runway shows.  It would have been a complete waste of time except that I was able to make the acquaintance of another guy who had also allowed himself to be trapped.  In talking to him about the show, he posited that standards of beauty were being created by the mostly gay clothing designers, whose interests in beauty ran toward skinny, twelve year old boys with heavy makeup.  Dunno if I agree completely …. but I also don’t know if I disagree completely, either.

  • Ron F

    Having never been to a fashion show or watched one on television, I do not know what the walk is.  The nice thing is the ultimate determination of style is by consumers.  If it is ugly, they do not have to buy it.  All of the market research in the world could not sell Edsels or New Coke.  My guess is that most people shopping for clothes do not care what is shown in fashion shows in New York, Paris or whereever else that they have them.  As to the introductory question, in my experience, what people think is sexy is all over the map.  It seems there is near universal agreement about beauty, but it does not seem like there is any agreement as to what is sexy.  I think Ellen Degeneres is the sexiest person in entertainment.  I have no idea how many people agree with me.  Therefore, maybe there are enough people who think the dress is sexy and it wll sell well, although I doubt it.