Change comes with resistance. Be it switching your favourite brand of toothpaste, going from size 4 to 2 or even taking a different route to work, change means we have to move out of comfort zone, shake up routines and alter our life style. In short it makes one uncomfortable. I pen this piece after a lot of hesitation, but at least someone should. The world of fashion is a constant change of colours, fabrics, styles, trends and designs. It is creative and imaginative. That is what is so inspiring about it.However, even as we embrace new trends and styles, we find it hard to let go of the so called top five veteran models of the Indian runway. This despite the fact that these models have had their share of limelight in the top spot and a legion of fans that adore them including this writer.
We celebrate fashionistas like Sonam Kapoor, Kalyani Chawla, Kalki Koechlin and Pernia Qureshi for upgrading the style quotient of this country, but can’t just let go of the veteran models who have ruled the runway for decades. It is time we put to practice the basic principle of life ‘out with the old and in with the new.’ Even a great sportsman like Sachin Tendulkar or David Beckham know when to draw the line, but why can’t our veteran runway models take the hint? Standard industry practice requires the old order to retire so that the young can get a shot at the limelight.
Today, in the world of modelling, countless number of girls is struggling for a break, but very few get the chance. Ousting veteran models most of whom are in their mid and late thirties is a near impossible task for these fledglings. India’s top designers, event organisers, fashion week bigwigs, leading fashion journalists and industry experts, however refuse to retire “well-established” or “renowned models.” We have a blind allegiance, a great sense of loyalty and respect for these talented and gorgeous models so much so that we seem unable to live without them.
In France, America, Italy and world over models as young as 15 and 16 are hired to walk the runway. If supermodels like Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Heidi Klum, Brook Sheilds, and Claudia Schiffer can put their heels up to make way for younger names like Lara Stone, Candice Swanepoel, Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr and Gisele Bundchen, why can’t we? 10-year-old Thylane Blondeau was the chosen model for Vogue’s fashion feature. We may not agree with their pick, but the fact is, that’s how young young is getting.
Girls like Erika Packard, Surelee Joseph, Diva Dhawan, Arshia Ahuja and Tamara Moss are currently the younger faces on the runway that make an impact. Every season ushers in a new collection of ensembles and the first step for it to look youthful, contemporary and refreshing is to showcase it on a younger pool of models.