November 18, 2011

Donatella Versace Nixes Real Women As Models For H&M Line


If you are the size of an average person then forget about being photographed in Donatella Versace's H&M collection where you look like you got everything from the "ethnic" section of Fabric Land. That's okay, you can come with me to the grocery store's "ethnic" section to pick out my next bag of rice (seriously, I'm out). As Daily News report:

… The H&M publicist initially explained by email that the “Model New Yorkers” photo feature could probably not go forward because Versace had to approve “anyone who wears the collection for press” — and, she added, “Donatella will likely not approve shooting the collection on real women.” 

She was right. When the Daily News writer organizing the shoot sent the publicist photos of two of the three women he wanted to use — all recent college graduates who work in the city — the answer came back that only one was acceptable. 


Yea yea yea, I understand that Donatella is being unreasonable as H&M sell stuff for people of all sizes. And yea, I also understand that Donatella has a vision for her collection and to alter it is to change her collection’s image, which then wouldn’t be Versace. It's just a bit hard to take someone seriously when their face has less moving parts than a vacuum cleaner.

And if you’re Canadian, check out H&M’s Versace collection launching in stores tomorrow.



{pictures via H&M}

34 comments:

  1. Oh please - I will pick going to the grocery store with you any time....lol I kid, I would want to do the pics...lol but seriously, that is all makeup - they can take you or me and make us look like that - mayyyybe :) you put a wig on me and I am ready to go! whaaat. but who cares, I just want the clothes.

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  2. Love the vacuum cleaner analogy. Awesome.

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  3. So which one is the college grad? lol

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  4. I admit I really wish I could grab one or two pieces from this collection (the studded dresses and floral jacket especially) but I thought her position on the "real women" was pretty ridiculous. Creative vision is one thing - but when you are designing for real people, you should include them in that vision, I think.

    Also - laughed out loud at your vacuum comment.. haha oh my.

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  5. CAN'T WAIT FOR THE LAUNCH TOMO IN NYC HERE!!

    WWW.DASHYSASSY.COM

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  6. She's a real "designer" they don't want to see their clothes on "real" people!! hellooo people lol! xo

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  7. oh i love this collection so much but i couldn´t grab the pieces i want, they were all sold out :(
    love and kiss,mary

    http://maryloucinnamon.blogspot.com

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  8. I think it's nuts that a designer would make an accessible line for average woman and exclude them from the "image." But I guess that's the name of the industry!
    Really enjoyed this post!
    --Annie
    newenglandromance.blogspot.com

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  9. "when their face has less moving parts than a vacuum cleaner."

    Seriously, you crack me up!!!

    N thanks for giving us the exact date of when this collection is released, I've been hearing so much about it but had yet to know when I could buy any of it!

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  10. meh... i know, its versace and i should be wetting my panties at the fact that i could finally afford a piece of the house's iconography... but a lot of it is just tacky. I wouldn't even wear those palm print pants on a trip to the Caribbean!

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  11. LMAOO "It's just a bit hard to take someone seriously when their face has less moving parts than a vacuum cleaner."

    Who would take her remarks seriously, haven't they seen her face?

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  12. I only know how to fix minute rice. :(

    I understand about branding and image, but regular women are prettier than those models (perhaps not all models, but definitely those models). Those ads don't hold my attention at all-which doesn't matter since I'm not the target demographic they're after. Why am I being so serious? Geez

    Have a great weekend!

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  13. I love her designs, but man. Wow!

    Lots of love, B
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  14. I'm looking at those DUDES! Holy crap! They look like Ken dolls except...even more fake ^_^

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  15. yeah I like Donatella but she scares me maaaan! :)

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  16. I really find that sad. It sucks that she is only allowing stick thin people to model her line. It's promoting starvation just to be able to fit in.

    :)
    Carrie
    http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com

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  17. I totally agree. I would like to see more women of different sizes posted on here. I am a size 6 and I would be considered massive for a model. That is plain ridiculous. We are all beautiful. :) Good post!

    http://theclosetintervention.blogspot.com/

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  18. i love collabs, but this one.... i am not sure. i agree with other readers... she should use a variety of types of models....

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  19. Still laughing at the vacuum cleaner comparison haha I really love your witty writing style lol. I can't believe Versace is still living in the dark ages, she still wanna stick to the "traditional" stick thin model when in fact she's designing for the average woman. Things have changed now, madam, deal with it lol

    Cheers,

    Wi
    A Single Girl's Musings

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  20. Too be honest, I dislike this collection. It's too gawdy and too many prints and colors. Reading the article makes me a little disgusted with her taste. Love the vacuum comment.

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  21. Some of this stuff is over priced anyways...just because it has Versace engraved somewhere. You can buy a plain dress some studs and get creative...and you still will have extra money to go get some rice...perfect! :]

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  22. I have to say, I would be more interested to see how the clothes look on a variety of women. I get tired of looking at supertall superthin models only

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  23. Donatella has the NERVE - she's uglier than the backside of a Rhino! let's go rice shopping!

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  24. Thats the irony of fashion houses right... the image they build is far from reality

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  25. Lol I loveeeeeee this post!! You are so funny!! How ridiculous is she, I've never understood why she prefers stick thin models, when her clothes are all body con and seem to be specifically made to flaunt a woman's curves!

    http://styleservings.blogspot.com/

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  26. Not loving everything of the collection but a few dresses are gorgeous!
    Nice post :)
    X

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  27. hey darling, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on my post about this... i really appreciate it... now i'll share my thoughts. its kinda sad knowing that real women cannot publicize this collection. i'd go to the grocery store with you haha. i just think that there are people with a lot of potential to look good in these clothes even if theyre not model skinny (bloggers as such). Anyway, i hope ur still able to buy the black studded dress!

    carla

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  28. She's quite an elitist eh? I like how you compared her face to that of a vacumn cleaner!

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  29. I thought Donatella was kind of a bitch, I mean who the hell do you think is gonna buy your clothes at H&M? The REAL girls. SMH woke up late today so I guess I'm not getting anything from this line...

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  30. SMH had Donatella. LOL I'm enjoying my weekend too much to b*tch. HAHAHA It's wrong on so many levels.
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  31. Muhaha, "real women", as if models were plastic molds. Oh my gosh, maybe they are.

    Anyway, this is disgraceful of her... Especially looking at her face which couldn't be further from "real"...

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  32. Donatella would do something like that...

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  33. To be honest I'm a bit tired of designers only wanting 'sticks'. The truth is designers make money from people buying their clothing, average people are the ones usually buying these types of collections. An average body size is between 6-10 sometimes in the US. That's why H&M sells more than just a 0,2,or 4. It's because if not, where are they making their money.
    I would like to point out though, that I don't think all these pieces look good on a size 12. Hence the ads having stick-thin models.

    -Jaz
    http://summerlilacs.blogspot.com/

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