‘[If] I had to go back to catwalk presentations I would be in a panic because today people are so out of touch with the reality of everyday life. Already the models I find are too skinny, too sad,’ Léger told the Daily Front Row. ‘And I knew the age of the super top models, Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford, who were always lively and smiling. Today you go between several défilés and you will see the exact same type of girl—it just doesn’t inspire me.’
Léger’s financial backers pushed him out of his label in 1999. Now, he designs under the Herve L. Leroux brand name, whilst his namesake company is controlled by BCBG owner Max Azria. And with celebrities such as Penelope Cruz, Anna Paquin and Amy Adams embracing his collections, his design ethos is clear.
‘I love women, I love curves, and I’m obsessed with the female body so I love women with a bust, with hips, and a real size,’ he said. ‘I only work with this image in mind, so I don’t like clothes that hide a women’s form.’