In turn I often hear people make sweeping statements about the fashion industry. That it is shallow. That if you are in fashion you must be stick thin and if you like or work in fashion you're silly.
Of course the trick is that neither side has to listen to the other. They can turn away from the other and mentally mutually masturbate amongst the converted. But then fashion likes the other side to buy their wares and dammit if the other side doesn't like to look pretty.
Which is why when a name in the fashion industry makes a claim regarding attractiveness people pay attention. McCartney found fame as the creative director of fashion label Chloe.
it drags us back, in our soft, sexily feminine Stella McCartney dresses, somewhat to the Victorian era
This woman has credentials in music and fashion. In 2013 she placed in BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour's 100 Most Powerful Women list. It's important to those further down the chain what she believes is attractive.
To say that strong women were abrasive and "not terribly attractive" at Paris Fashion Week is unfortunate because it drags us back, in our soft, sexily feminine Stella McCartney dresses, somewhat to the Victorian era in which appearing to be too delicate for something like a strong opinion.
Describing her latest collection McCartney said she wanted her clothes to celebrate the "fragility" of women and focus on their softer side. That's fine. Fragility and softness can be attractive and can be a side of strong women. That's what we should celebrate, that women can embrace strength and softness. Not placing one above the other.