Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fashion designer embraces the plus-size world

Remember when fashion designer Julien Macdonald called plus sized models a "joke" and that "If you're a size 14 in a room full of size eights, you're in the wrong room?"
Well guess who's changed his tune after the June issue of Vogue Italia featured THREE models on it's cover?
Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley
range from sizes 12-16 and although there are a few comments regarding the lack of clothing, it's my personal opinion that that's what makes it so empowering. Being plus-sized doesn't mean you should be ashamed of who you are! Take pride in the skin you're in BUT….please be classy =]
AS FOR Macdonald, he told Look Magazine that, "You can be real and still be sexy Bigger girls can compete against girls half their size."
He also stated that he would not dismiss any plus-size fashionista walking around in his clothes.
"There is a gap in the market, and if someone good wanted to represent my brand, I'd do it."

Friday, June 10, 2011


When Forever 21's plus size line first appeared (originally called Faith21) I found its apparel to be boring drapery with an intention that seemed to be to hide the female form rather than showcase it. A bunch of paisley prints, plaid, ruffles, and basics, were not enough to impress me.
After a couple of uninteresting buys I shunned the line as another cheap attempt on a companies part to acclimate into the growing number of big-girl friendly clothing stores.

A few days ago, while shopping with family, we went into Forever 21, and I decided to head over to the small corner that the store seems to have created for all the shapely women to accumulate and browse, and I must say I was extremely impressed, and went on a grabbing frenzy and headed for the changing room.

One thing I find frustrating with stores is that when it comes to plus-size clothing, they don't take current fashion trends into account and sew together whatever large, billowy, lackluster prints, they have lying around, and sell it at unheard of prices. Forever 21 seems to have made a significant effort in remedying this issue and is utilizing popular trend patterns in their plus-size line.

I'm very into the trend of tribal prints and geometric shapes and found this colourful cardigan for 17.50. Not to knock my mecca, but a similar cardi at Torrid would cost $38.

This University jumper cost the same price. while the tank top was $9.
These are A FEW of the things I bought. I can't wait to go back and find more lovely items, HOWEVER, I do wish the design team would integrate more of the smaller sized clothes into the line. As far as I can tell all the patterns, colours, and styles are wearable by almost anyone. Please forever 21….PLEASE!