Fashion’s obsession with mannequins and the size of their plastic bodies continues this week, with the revelation that a mannequin in the brand’s Soho store has been found to have an unacceptable amount of ribs on show. Posting an image of the offending mannequin to his Twitter account, Michael Rudroy tweeted: “How does #LaPerla think ribs on a mannequin is OK?!”
Well, apparently they DON’T. Following the Twitter storm that ensued, La Perla issued the following statement:
“The mannequin photographed has been removed from the store and will not be used again by any La Perla boutique. We are in the process of redesigning all La Perla stores with a new concept image and the mannequins that are currently displayed in our US stores will no longer be used. We appreciate and value everyone’s comments, thank you for bringing this to our attention.”
This issue is one which has been running for a while now. At a time when many retailers are rushing to introduce more “realistically” sized mannequins to their stores, in the belief that consumers will find them more relatable (and will thus buy more of the clothes they model), we remain convinced that mannequins are not the all-powerful arbiters of style that the media seems to believe them to be, although we guess that would be a lot of fun. Could The Fashion Police fight off a plastic model army? We don’t know, but we’d definitely give it our best shot.
With that said, we have to echo Michael Rudoy’s sentiments on this one and wonder aloud why someone at La Perla thought this lingerie set would look best with a side of ribs. The idea that there’s a factory somewhere churning out these is a bit creepy: but mannequins are ALWAYS a bit creepy, if you ask us.
What do you think? Is it a step too far, or a storm in a D-cup? (Sorry.)