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Fashion Fat Ass.

Fun fact: My great-grandmother made this dress by hand.
It's so Belle from Beauty and the Beast!


It's already that time of year...again. No, not Christmas, even more manic, well at least for me it is...it's officially Paris Fashion Week! (Cue in flashy dance music and hysteria.)

As I get older, Fashion Week has a way of creeping up on me, whereas in the past, I couldn't wait for the next season to see the collections and to get wrapped up in all the glitz and excitement. Perhaps I'm just jaded and old, but Fashion Week doesn't hold that same exhilaration for me as it did for me when I was a 23 year old intern working for free. Now it's just business, but I suppose all jobs lose their luster after several years.

Saying that, I really do adore the showroom I have been working with these past few seasons, and am lucky to have gotten this steady gig with such an iconic French fashion house. Working with the folks who come over from the New York office, I get to briefly revisit my past life in New York where I'm once again reminded of just how much has changed in these past three years.

Whenever two very different worlds meet - the poor writer wandering around Paris and the New York City fashion executive - there's always bound to be a comical difference of perspective. Last week, I shot over an email to my boss following up on our heavy schedule and inquired about the uniform we were wearing for the season, since I hadn't as of yet received word. 

Well...

Perhaps images from last season of my fat ass galumphing around the showroom in my saran-wrap skirt (that was somehow loose on everyone else) has scarred him for life. His response to my question about the uniforms only confirms my suspicions:

"Just wear a pair of stretch pants and we will give you a long flowing blouse."

Enough said. Stretch pants...as in leggings...as in let's err on the side of not embarrassing you this season because you looked like you were going to explode out of that skirt. It's official, I'm the FFA: The Fashion Fat Ass. The poor fit of the uniform from last season didn't merit me the cute outfit again this season, and I have been demoted to leggings. Burn! In my ass's defense, it was winter! Surely I can't be the only one who fills out in the wintertime, right?

Oh là là...

And so it starts....and with that, I wish you all a Happy Paris Fashion Week! Let the drama begin!

26 comments:

  1. Ouch! lol Although those shoes are fabulous, just sneak them on with the leggings ;o)

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    1. Thanks! Those shoes are fun! One of the more fun things I own!

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  2. Yikes! That's a bit rude! Love love love those shoes though!

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    1. I think she just wanted me to be more comfortable..I hope...Hahaha! I wasn't at all offended, I just thought it was funny!

      The shoes are Marc by Marc Jacobs. My true love...

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  3. Holy canoli Ella, no wonder fashion week is losing some of its luster for you!

    Bon Courage!!!
    xo,
    Heather

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    1. Hahaha thanks Heather! I'll need it. I'm about to be verrrry tired!

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  4. oh I think you're being too hard on yourself and I'll leave it at that.

    I wish my time in Paris had overlapped with Fashion Week proper rather than FW Construction period. Oh well, I wasn't traveling with my closet of Comme des Garcons anyway.

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    1. Joseph, one thing you must know is that this is all in good fun. I don't get offended when it comes to this stuff...like at all. One of my pleasures is poking a little fun of myself at Fashion Week!

      I love Comme des Garcons cardigans! So chic!

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  5. Brutal.

    If that can make you feel better, I was once looking at a dress in a shop and the sales lady came up to me and said that the cut was BIG, it fit anyone, so it would fit me;)

    Well, fuck you very much :)

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    1. Hahaha! That's just awful!!!! Sales associates can be so insensitive!

      I was getting one of those 10 buck back massages at a nail place in NYC, and the woman kept telling me I was fat. Clearly, her English wasn't very good and she was trying to compliment me on my curves, but telling me I'm fat over and over in my ear definitely ruined my "relaxing massage".

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  6. On the bright side, you will be comfy. Nothing is comfier than leggings and a flowy top (except for sweatpants and I doubt they'd let you swan around backstage looking like Coach Sue).
    And yep, living in France does make one fill out, it's impossible not to! Because of my friends cheese and wine, I've recently gotten back together with a friend from my childhood... Jumping Jack.

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    1. I'm going to be so cozy! I even get ballet flats this year and not heels that have built in little fangs that bite after 5 hours.


      Jumping Jacks really are the complete workout, that and push-ups. I've been doing Pinterest workouts and I tell you, they work! I wake up sore the next day!

      I'm not giving up my cheese...je refuse!

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  7. I love the thought of you being old and jaded. That would make me dead and buried!
    I've been shooting pfw since last Wednesday, and let me tell you, you do not want to be thin like those girls.

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    1. Hahaha dead and buried! Nooooo! I've just been a cynic since I was 5 and that sometimes makes me feel old! I blame my mother for raising me in NYC and my Dad taking me to AA meetings at an age where I was still picking at the wires of my braces.

      I definitely don't want to be skeletor skinny-minnie! I like my big rump...unfortunately fashion doesn't!

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  8. Fat ass is better than flat ass, ha ha. That's what I try and tell myself when I'm trying on jeans and bikinis bottoms LOL.

    Saran-wrap skirt weeeerk.. that's what I wore the other night.. but it was strechy so it's ok amiright?

    Glad you'll be comfier this year :-)

    Happy Paris Fashion Week to YOU! Here in Grenoble no one cares, just same 'ol thang (hundreds of students running around the town center getting drunk every night and pissing everywhere).

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    1. "Fat ass is better than flat ass" Oh word! Oh bikini bottoms are THE worst! Why do they make them so damn small?!?!!? I burst out of even a size large!

      It doesn't surprise me that no one cares in Grenoble, no one really cares here either..it's just all the Americans coming in for it that seem to eat up the hype. ; )

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    2. Oh my.... trying on bikini bottoms here this summer was a nightmare!!! How can they be so small? I could barely fit it over one butt cheek.. and I wish I was joking.

      Regarding Fashion week.. I'd love to attend a runway show wearing a killer outfit and shoes just once in my life.. ! ha ...and if the after parties are anything like the art fair after parties.. there is some fun to be had!

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  9. Compared with the poor starving emaciated models in Paris this week, you look perfect. Seriously! And I can't wait to see what you look like in your new bubble gum pink mohair sweater.

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    1. MK - I love the mohair sweater!! I've been pairing it with dove grey tights and ankle booties! Lol "I've been"...I mean I have paired it (once) with grey tights...

      I just want to make one thing clear, I don't have body issues, I'm content with myself. It's just when I go back to fashion, I realize how teeny tiny everyone is (execs included) and how I've changed from that life. That's all. : )

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  10. I didn't see a fat arse!

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  11. Love the shoes!

    And ha! I think you win in that war...with it getting colder, those models will be stuck in a short skirts and you all cozy in leggings! ;)

    xo

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    1. I'm reporting live from the showroom and despite the uncomfortable ballet flats that need to be broken in, I'm quite cozy! Leggings were a much better choice than the dress pants that were available!

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  12. YOU ARE WAY TOO HARD ON YOURSELF. ENOUGH DARLING. i think your fab!

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    1. Hey, it's not me!

      Spend a season in a showroom, you'd DIE from the comments that get bounced around. Fashion and fashion people can be brutal.

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