The OneStopPlus show will take place next Wednesday in the Lincoln Centre in New York, where the rest of the big fashion houses are having their events. It will be hosted by the model Emme, who has become an icon to women with a fuller figure. Zahir Babvani, vice president of design at OneStopPlus.com said: ‘This show is a collaborative effort to provide the extraordinary community of plus-size women with the uncompromising style that they have always deserved but never received. ‘It’s about inclusion and fashion democracy: fashion risk-taking and empowerment. No more seeing what you can’t have; this is a fashion party that invites and inspires everyone.’ Galina Monaco, a designer with the company, added that we are currently living through a ‘new golden age’ of plus-size fashion. ‘Befitting our collection, elements of Belle Epoque are present with touches of feminine lace, rich drapery, decorative florals and, of course, the gilded shine of slight sequin embellishment,’ she said.
Crystal Renn, seen on the catwalk in 2006 with Jean-Paul Gaultier, has modeled for everyone from Evans to Chanel this season
Daily Mail fashion expert Eliza Scarborough remained skeptical about the future of plus-size fashion though. ‘There is definitely something of a Mad Men effect, as we have seen with Crystal Renn who is everywhere at the moment but in the long run I don’t think it will catch on,’ she said. ‘At the highest end of fashion there just are not the clothes for plus-size women. That’s not to say there are not great, fashionable clothes, but at the top level they do not really exist. ‘Only when all the big fashion houses start using plus-size models will we see things really change. Right now it is getting a lot of attention, but it seems more for effect.’
Some 62% of American women are plus size, meaning there is a substantial market for fashion which caters to them. While unlikely to change fashion’s use of stick-thin models, the OneSizePlus show will put pressure on others in the industry to follow the lead of Italy, which has become the first country in the world to ban size zero models from catwalks. A spokeswoman for the British Fashion Council, which organises London Fashion Week said they had never been approached to put on a similar show. She said: ‘We would be open to the idea but nobody has come forward to suggest it yet’. Article by Dailymail.co.uk
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * My friend Lauren
sent this article to me and it made my day! I’m happy that NYFW is finally getting some diversity, even if it is in its own separate show. It is just one step closer. I’m really surprised that the British Fashion Council has never been approached with a plus-size fashion show before, but delighted that they’d consider it. This means it’s up to the designers to adjust their clothing, because more and more people are opening their minds! It’s crazy to think that 62% of the women’s market has been ignored and underrepresented. It just doesn’t make any sense that designers would keep making clothing exclusively for a demographic that less than half of the population represents. They can’t say there’s no market for this anymore. So I disagree with Eliza Scarborough prediction that this plus-size attention is a phase. Let’s face it – people are always going to be different sizes and need clothes to wear. The industry is missing a serious opportunity by ignoring this market. More than anything, I hope that OneStopPlus’ initiative gets lots of attention and encourages other fashion houses to do the same. Come on, Marc Jacobs!
And check out what other awesome
thing Jean-Paul Gaultier did:
Clearly more of a size 20 than the controversial model Size 0, this voluptuous woman proved big is beautiful as she strutted down the runway at Gaultier’s 30th anniversary show in Paris