Newspaper columnist Tanya Gold writes in today's Guardian that she used to love fashion. Now she think it's the devil's work. Why? Well, for one, a girl in England died because she fell onto a train track while wearing really high heels in the middle of winter. Gold also hates fashion because it encourages conspicuous consumption. She lists several other reasons, but the main one, it seems, is because she's gained quite a bit of weight over the last couple of years. "I got so fat that even fashion wouldn't pretend it could fix me," says Gold. "You can get so fat they don't actually want you in their clothes. It is bad marketing; if very fat people wear their clothes, thinner ¬≠people won't buy them."
Gold makes an interesting point. But does Karl Lagerfeld design only for sizes 14 and under because he doesn't want to alienate his size 0 clientele? Would they really care if they saw a size 22 in a Chanel suit? I think it probably has more to do with the fact clothes drape better on smaller-sized women. It sounds like Gold hates herself, and thus fashion, which used to partially define who she was when she was happier. While some of her points may be valid, they're also misdirected. Guaranteed, if Gold was to lose the weight she's gained, we'd see her in high design styles yet again.