Wednesday, February 07, 2007

N.Y. Fashion Week

Themes from NY fashion week are as follows:

Slimmer knits
Layered textures and patterns
Dots, polka dots
Bright colors balanced by muted neutrals
Acid -- stomach acid, in the toilets backstage

OK, point five is a bit gross, but according to a report on MSNBC,, janitors at one show said the smell of vomit was very obvious in the models' bathrooms. What could be more in contrast to the glamorous images of runway models, with gazelle-like grace swishing down the stage, than the those same gazelle-like gals ramming boney fingers down pencil thin throats to expel stomach contents into toilet bowls. Sorry to be so graphic, but this story is really disturbing. Yes, fashion is fun and fabulous and very demanding.

Having written about the joy of slimness, AT must pause for a clarification. It is one thing to enjoy being able to slip into "skinny" jeans but it is an entirely different thing to starve yourself or force yourself to vomit as a way to "diet". Starvation and depravation are NOT part of the low-calorie, healthy eating I strive to maintain. Saving calories is great and incorporating low-calorie, Splenda sweetened treats into a healthy foods diet is one aspect of being ready for high fashion styles. But the emphasis must always be on health. Health is built from the adequate, daily intake of essential dietary components:

Whole grains -- provide energy and fiber,
Lean protein – builds muscle and repairs body tissue and cells,
Low-fat dairy – adds bone strengthening minerals like calcium, magnesium and phosphorous,
Seeds and nuts – provide energy and essential fats to keep hair and skin lustrous and smooth,
Fresh vegetables and fruits -- provide fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.


Kate G. said...

I abolsolutely LOVE your take on this!! Why do models always say that they have fast metabolisms and can eat whatever they want. Yeah right, and I'm the devil in disguise! These women are role models for young girls and need to take a closer look at how they portray themselves. I might not be a size 2 but at least my face isn't scrunched up like a riasn from starvation.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Audrey. It's so sad to see what our children are emulating. I will make sure my daughters both read your blog. One of my biggest fears as a mother of teen and tween daughters is that they will fall victim to the world of eating disorders. So we talk frequently about how these girls look unhealthy and that by just eating right and in a healthful manner, they could maintain a beautiful body AND optimal nutrition. Why would anyone, model or not, abuse their body so horrifically to be an alien-esque size zero?