Who doesn’t like manatees? They’re slow. They’re cute. They kind of look like they’re smiling. It’s fun to feed them lettuce. But you probably don’t want to wear a dress that evokes the appearance of one.
I bring this valuable information to you in the slow, gentle wake (appropriate for a manatee zone) of a recent blip in the otherwise pretty politically-correct history of Target. Recently, Susan Clemens, an eagle-eyed customer with arguably much better vision than a manatee, was perusing the superstore’s various offerings when she came across a most disheartening discovery: A Mossimo maxi dress available in both regular and plus sizes, in identical color palettes, was labeled in two very different ways: namely, ‘Dark Heather Gray’ and ‘Manatee Gray,’ respectively.
Are you totally having a (sea) cow right now?
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There has been a lot of discussion about plus size on the MarcJacobsInt twitter feed lately. Jacob’s biz partner, chronic over-twitterer Robert Duffy, is back at the helm and for the last couple of days, when he’s not twittering about his Paraguayan husband whom he met online, he’s been talking about Marc Jacobs potentially doing plus size. The latest tweets, posted just half an hour ago, suggest Jacobs will design for plus: “We are in talks now. For plus sizes,” and again, “Listen, we are in the very beginning stages of talking to a partner about plus sizes. Relax. It won’t be based on the collection line.”
We’re hoping twitter speaks the truth. We were encouraged by Saks’ decision to stock plus-size clothing from high fashion brands come fall. If Marc Jacobs does plus it could help change the impossible size zero standards of the industry.
To help catch you up on how these latest tweets, which make Marc Jacobs sound rather committed to doing plus size, came about here’s the whole twistory:
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