For former plus-size model and current Glamour Fashion Features Editor Lauren Chan, the magazine's new fashion collection with Lane Bryant marks a full circle moment. Back in 2014, when the retailer launched its first ever designer collaboration with Isabel Toledo, Chan walked the runway at the collection's debut and appeared in the lookbook. "For me, to now be one of those designer collaborations, it's really just something that I’m in awe of and feel really lucky to be doing," says Chan.
The model-turned-editor has been working with Lane Bryant’s design team on the Glamour x Lane Bryant line since Condé Nast announced the partnership back in March: in addition to the clothing line, Glamour has released two plus-size focused special edition print issues (presented by Lane Bryant), a Glamour.com video series based on the brand's latest campaign and in-store styling vignettes at Lane Bryant retail locations. "It's been a very collaborative process from start to finish," says Chan, who worked directly with the Lane Bryant design team on the collection. "We pulled inspiration from runway, from street style, from women we love. And our first meeting was putting all that on a board and discussing how to bring it to life."
On Monday, the first Glamour x Lane Bryant collection launches in select stores and online, and will be followed by new product dropping each month for the next year. October's debut includes five foundational and versatile pieces: a black leather jacket, a white shirt, a red pleated shirt, a red shirtdress and a black jumpsuit. "I had reported out pieces like this for Glamour magazine before, and had spoken to a lot of friends who were influencers in the space and they overwhelmingly said — they were unanimous — [that] the one thing that they cannot find is super chic, simple clothing that fits perfectly," says Chan, explaining the focus of the first pieces.
The jumpsuit is an example of that goal realized. "It's got thick, strong straps in the neckline; it has a button on the chest, so you can wear it undone or done up; it comes really close to waist and then flares out into exaggerated wide legs," she says. "And I hope that everyone loves it as much as I do because it's exactly what I couldn't find [before] that I now am going to own three of."
Chan stressed the importance of fit because, for example, two women who wear size 14 can have completely different body shapes. "When you go up in size, not everybody’s body is shaped the same," she says. And while elastic waistbands are often used as a way to solve that fit problem, Chan really wanted to avoid them. "Taking that out was a mission of mine, but proved to be a conversation," she says. For the shirtdress, the design team instead "paneled [the waist] to make it a little more streamlined, a little more sharper looking." The collaboration's sizes span 14 to 28 and October's prices range from $50 to $110.
November's Glamour x Lane Bryant collection will focus on workwear while December will be holiday themed. And starting in January, the spring drops will increase in size to about 8 to 10 pieces and also incorporate more trends. "They'll still be chic and wearable with everything — i.e., what a basic is — but we're getting a little more inventive, a little more trend focused, which is an exciting thing to me," says Chan.
See the first pieces from the Glamour x Lane Bryant collection in the gallery below.