We never thought we’d see the day.
When we first spoke with designer Eden Miller, it was for a piece about the problems facing plus size fashion. Miller expressed frustration with the status quo and told us there were still a lot of changes that need to be made to improve the offerings for plus size customers.
Now she gets to be part of those changes in a major way–as the first designer to show a plus size line at New York Fashion Week.
Thanks to Project Runway, Tim Gunn kind of feels like the fashion industry’s favorite uncle: Incredibly kind, not afraid to be honest with you when you need it, a cheerleader in the workroom with his famous catchphrase, “Make it work.”
But even Gunn knows that it’s hard to “make it work” when there’s so little to work with–an issue that’s currently facing the plus size fashion community.
Robyn Lawley is a gorgeous model who has posed for the likes of Ralph Lauren and covered Vogue Italia–and, like the average American woman, she’s also a size 12, placing her squarely in the “plus-sized” category.
Which also means, like the average American woman, finding a swimsuit that fit her properly was a real pain in the ass–so she’s taking matters into her own hands.
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?
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: