It seems that the novelty of using plus-size models has passed. For the last couple of seasons Mark Fast was distracting critiques from his clothes by using plus-size models, thus so far most reviews of his collections were lauding his rebellion against fashion world’s size-ism, throwing a good word or two about the clothes for good measure.
Now that this too has passed and Fast’s Spring 2011 collection was trotted down the runway by, shall I say rather ordinary in size, models, we can all ask ourselves, who is the woman Mark Fast designs for? Is she even a woman? Perhaps she’s just a lost girl, looking for the next shocking night-out-on-the-town outfit.
Mark Fast’s technique is not under fire here. He is undoubtedly a knitting master. But when one’s designs are so deeply rooted in a gimmick, it’s how one goes forward with it, that separates the good from the bad. And Fast certainly didn’t go forward. If anything, he went backwards. Back to his Fall 2009 collection when he first incorporated an almost identical fringe detail into his ultra tight knitted dresses. But if back then his clothes seemed intriguing, exuding allure by showing just enough skin, today, the Spring 2011 collection is more of same, but vulgar and tacky. Was there a dress or two I would gladly add to my wardrobe? Yes. But their presence in the collection seems almost random considering the rest.