She's already successfully produced her wares with a smaller price tag for Topshop (It was the fastest-selling collaboration in the chain's history). Next up? Buzzed-about London-based designer Mary Katrantzou will likely start making her award-winning printed dresses in larger sizes.
As Vogue UK has pointed out, the Greek-born designer told the Evening Standard, "Net-a-Porter.com asked us if we would go bigger [to a size 16] and we would--we had a discussion with them." Net-a-Porter, aside from being one of the most important luxury retailers in the world, is one of the few that try to offer a decent selection of plus-size options.
Of course, they can't sell what designers aren't making. Currently, on Net-a-Porter.com, if you search for dresses and select their largest size, "XXXL," there are 10 options total from Roland Mouret, Marc Jacobs, Notte by Marchesa and Vivienne Westwood Anglomania--most of which are fairly simple and safe. To see a bold, cutting-edge designer making her clothes accessible to a wider range of sizes would be refreshing and surely well-received--especially with Katrantzou, whose dresses, despite their wild, graphic prints are made in flattering, structured silhouettes.
"I was looking at a size 14 woman wearing our dress and I thought, 'I can't believe we don't go bigger than that size!' because she looked tiny," she told the paper. She also made an interesting point about offering plus sizes online: "I buy online--I think as a bigger size, you feel more comfortable trying things at home." It makes sense and it sounds like Net-a-Porter, clearly experts in the e-tail game, are catching on. We hope we can expect to see more talented designers catching on as well.