Some Designers Really Hate Fat Women (Like Barbie!)

It’s all about change in the fashion world right now — designers are livestreaming their runway shows (or trying anyway), shoppers can snap up fall Chloe bags on their iPhones, and magazines like Glamour and Marie Claire are making an effort to include plus-size women in their formerly stick-thin pages. But not everyone is down with the plan, and design legends Karl Lagerfeld and Christian Louboutin seem to be the most conscientious objectors, today anyway. When asked what he thought about German magazine Brigitte’s decision to ban thin models from its pages, Old Looselips Lagerfeld quipped, “No one wants to see curvy women. You’ve got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying thin models are ugly.” He deems the whole practice “absurd.”

If you think that’s offensive, check out shoe guru Louboutin, who was charged with creating a special-edition Barbie (please, no more of those!) to be released in time for the Cannes Film Festival. He felt the need to redesign the iconic doll’s infamous figure (already a controversial matter of national emergency-level debate) because she wasn’t quite “sexy” enough for him. His spokesperson told WWD that he had to do some tinkering: “He found her ankles were too fat.” Wow, isn’t your publicist’s job to spin statements like that for damage control purposes? Sheesh. If Barbie’s ankles are too fat, what human does he deem fit to wear his signature red soles? Maybe it was a joke. Let’s hope so. [The Standard and WWD]