Five rea­sons plus-size style is in the spot­light

The Hamilton Spectator - - STYLE - SARA BAUKNECHT Pitts­burgh Post-Gazette

At New York Fash­ion Week this sea­son, plus-size cloth­ing had its strong­est show­ing on the run­way in re­cent mem­ory — or maybe ever

Here are five ways plus-size style stole the show and the de­sign­ers who helped make it hap­pen.

1. “A ban­ner sea­son for body di­ver­sity”: For the first time in New York Fash­ion Week his­tory, plus-size mod­els walked in 12 shows, with a to­tal of 90 be­ing cast, ac­cord­ing to the Fash­ionSpot’s bian­nual Di­ver­sity Re­port. That’s up from 26 mod­els last sea­son and 16 last fall.

2. Shar­ing the run­way: Sev­eral noted de­sign­ers had a mix of straight and plus-size mod­els walk in their shows. Chris­tian Siri­ano in­cluded 10 curvy mod­els in his cast — the most in a show that wasn’t en­tirely full-fig­ured fash­ions. Chro­mat, Michael Kors, Pra­bal Gu­rung, Tracy Reese, Tome, Eck­haus Latta and Anna Sui were some oth­ers who fol­lowed suit.

3. Ex­clu­sive shows: Two shows at New York Fash­ion Week were de­voted to plus-size style. Cana­dian brand Ad­di­tion Elle, whose motto is “style isn’t lim­ited by size,” un­veiled a see now/buy now col­lec­tion of re­laxed bombers, shirt dresses ac­cented with corset belts, strik­ing lace evening wear and sparkly sheath dresses. Su­per­model Ash­ley Gra­ham also de­buted her lat­est lin­gerie for the brand. Tor­rid, which serves sizes 10 to 30, showed off se­lec­tions for spring, in­clud­ing a mix of edgy looks (black body­con dresses, dark denim, net­ted lay­er­ing pieces, etc.) and play­ful flo­rals.

4. Speak­ing up: Lau­ren Chan, an edi­tor at Glam­our magazine mod­elled a red hal­ter-style swim­suit with white pip­ing for the swim and sport brand Chro­mat. But when she was bom­barded with body-sham­ing com­ments, mostly from men, she said on so­cial me­dia, she didn’t shy from the lime­light.

“My whole body of work as an edi­tor is fo­cused on re­defin­ing the so­cial norms about size and on mak­ing women feel val­ued no mat­ter what they look like. Pe­riod,” she wrote as part of her re­sponse on In­sta­gram. Glam­our also sounded off with more sup­port­ive com­ments.

5. Con­fer­ence call: While run­way shows un­folded across Man­hat­tan, theCURVY­con con­fer­ence brought to­gether some of the in­dus­try’s lead­ing brands, stylists, blog­gers, me­dia per­son­al­i­ties and more for a body-pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence, com­plete with shop­ping, fit­ness ses­sions and pan­els. Home­grown ModCloth was on site to share its wide se­lec­tion of styles in a range of sizes.

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