Models “too skinny and sad”? Léger Compare.

  • by Corrie Shenigo
  • posted at 6:26 pm
  • March 28, 2011

Hervé Léger Dresses - Then and Now

He of the great (and uber flattering) ‘bandage dress’ has spoken – will the fashion world listen?

Hervé Léger, while no longer in control of the Hervé Léger label purchased by Max Azria in 1999, is a man who knows how to flaunt a curve. His ‘bandage style’ dresses have caressed the curves of the world’s most beautiful women and are nearly universally flattering on them all.

Leger still designs for his new label, Hervé L. Leroux, but he does not choose to show on the runway. Why you may ask? He thinks the models he’d have to choose from are “too skinny, too sad”:

“If I had to go back to catwalk presentations I would be in a panic…Already the models I find are too skinny, too sad. And I knew the age of the super top models, Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford, who were always lively and smiling,” Léger said. “Today you go between several défilés and you will see the exact same type of girl – it just doesn’t inspire me. Of course I do presentations, I do three presentations a year: spring, fall and cruise, that I show at my showroom and what I like is to have the buyers come to me. They buy, things sell well, and that really gives me the feeling of existing for something because I know that somewhere out there in the world I have clients that adore what I’m doing and that’s really reward enough.”

The body-type differences between supermodel Cindy Crawford modeling Léger in 1993 and two top models modeling Léger as a show last month in the picture above, make his point exceedingly clear. And with stars such as Scarlett Johansson and Kim Kardashian and, as well as plus-size models famously embracing their curves of late, you have to wonder if this modeling world will take note. Viva la curves!

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