Latex is still big news with Lady Gaga and Katy Perry having done their bit to move it – when it comes to those who do not attend the clubs where latex is the norm – from underground to talking points. These days, it is very common to see a celeb attending a red carpet event wearing an outfit that is less stage costume and more tailored couture. Even Topshop got in on the act in 2010 making it officially High Street wear.
A picture has been going around the internet today of Kim Kardashian wearing Atsuko Kudo.
It is not the first time Kim Kardashian has worn latex or AK and I would think nothing of it if not for AK’s own blog email that I received earlier today telling me:Oh no I don’t think so! Kim does indeed look bangin‘ in the latex, (that silver skirt isn’t to my taste, I’m not going to lie) but curvy in Hollywood terms actually means slim to the rest of us. No big news in that or that a slim woman, who has nicely rounded hips, looks good in latex. What AK have said does not debunk anything; it perpetuates that Bigger Women Cannot/Should Not Wear Tight Fitting Clothes (which is what latex is) unless they are the right kind of curvy. Slim with boobs and a butt is OK. Wear your latex and show your body with your long legs and a flat stomach. They could have simply written the email to praise her looks but not pretended this is anything but someone who is a small woman wearing their bodysuit.
So why the personal sting, you might wonder? Well, adoring clothes is hardly a big surprise for a fashion blog. A slight surprise before this piece might be that one of my favourite things is LATEX! As a fattie, I used to think it wasn’t for me. Latex clings and the one thing fat women are not supposed to show is our rolls and true body shape. Hide it, flatten it, disguise it: never celebrate it! Or so is the message. That said, whilst I have worn latex with regularity for 3 years, I confess to playing it safe a lot of times and dressing to flatter my body. There is nothing wrong with that but I know I also need to be a bit risqué occasionally and push the boat (and my stomach) out.
Latex is for everyone and looks good on everyone is my personal opinion. if it isn’t yours that is OK too, but I would hope you respect the right of people to wear it without ridicule. Atsuko Kudo are one of my favourite designers as they truly have AK looking like tailored couture (with the price to match but surprisingly not much more than other latex designers) and it saddens me that whilst they will make me pieces, as for any other paying customer, that still very much see curvy and larger as someone above a size UK6/US2. I shouldn’t be surprised, all their models are thin women but I would have preferred that it had remained unsaid.