i'm writing in regards to your recent tweet: "After having seen most of the men's shows I can tell you guys: you have to be very slim, muscles are not fashionable any longer."
i don't mean to be rude or disrespectful as vogue italia is among my favorite magazines, however, i don't understand why or how a person in your position could make a statement like this.
good fashion is about clothing, accessories, and style. body types shouldn't be considered more or less fashionable because people can't help their body type. statements like this do nothing for empowering people to embrace fashion, but further the stereotype that fashion is a bitchy industry promoting vapid and unhealthy ideals. it's very difficult to defend the industry on the body image issue when prominent figures, such as yourself, say and do things which further such a silly and misguided stereotype.
i also must point out the inaccuracy of your statement. while i did not have the pleasure of attending the men's shows, i do look at magazine ads and editorials. i'm assuming the pages of vogue italia still have some sway in the "what's fashionable" department? have you not seen the very muscular cristiano ronaldo in the armani ads? are you trying to say that your friend, mr. armani, one of the world's most prominent and creative fashion talents, got it so wrong? are you saying cristiano ronaldo should atrophy his muscles (much to the dismay of countless women across the globe) so his body can be back in vogue? have i succeeded yet in illustrating the absurdity of calling one body type less fashionable than another?
photo from style.it
typically, runway models have never been very muscular. muscles can limit a model's ability to wear a variety of clothing shapes and styles, thus limiting their career. models keeping their bodies versatile for their jobs is not a statement of which body types are in fashion. if it was, that would create a very narrow view of beauty throughout history, causing fashion to become stagnant instead of evolving with the changing times.
right now, the entire world is trending towards a broader view of what's considered beautiful and fashionable. the proof is in the pages of fashion magazines where we're starting to see more full figured women and men both muscular and less so, making the point that anyone, of any body type, can still be fashion forward, and have their unique personal style - because these things are independent of size or muscle mass. right now, the thing that's in fashion is a more enlightened way of thinking about body image. which i'm sorry to say makes your tweet pretty passé.
i understand that tweeting something in passing is not always meant to be the most profound statement of your feelings on a subject. the reason i chose to write about this though, is because while twitter may seem like a simple, silly little thing, people find those tweets and read them around the world. a person in your standing has an opinion that influences millions of other people. and with great power, comes great responsibility. i hope you will remember that.