Size Inclusivity: Plus-Size Models at New York Fashion Week

Precious Lee for Christian Siriano

One would think my love of clothes and style would mean that I get absolutely giddy when fashion week rolls around, but the truth is I find the whole thing to be extremely frustrating.  Watching as swoon-worthy pieces come down the runway, on only slender bodies, and knowing I can’t fit into any of them is a bit maddening.   However, this season, I was pleasantly surprised to see so many plus-size models strutting their stuff for J.Crew, Michael Kors, Christian Siriano, Prabal Gurung and more.

Christian Siriano’s show was amazing. His pieces were beautiful. The prints and colors were perfection.  Plus, for the second season in a row, he used quite a few plus-size models, which isn’t surprising since he is very outspoken about inclusivity in fashion and has designed pieces specifically for plus-size women in the past (see previous posts here and here).

Prabal Gurung, a designer who has offered designs up to a size 22 and speaks frequently about inclusion in fashion, also presented a stunning collection.  It featured some beautiful prints, bold colors, intricate details and several plus-size models (my fave pieces herehere and here).

Jocelyn Corona & Alessandra Garcia-Lorido for Christian Siriano
Saffi Karina & Michelle Olson for Christian Siriano
Candice Huffine & Marquita Pring for Prabal Gurung
Iskra Lawrence & Sabina Karlsson for Chromat
Marquita Pring & Candice Huffine for Tome

Plus-size models participating in New York Fashion Week is a major step for size inclusivity in fashion and something I truly appreciate.  However, does it do much for plus-size women who are desperately seeking more stylish clothing options? Some of the designers who used plus-size models this season still do not have their clothing readily available in sizes beyond a 10 or 12. So, what’s really the point of showing clothes on larger frames, if those clothes won’t actually be available for the majority of plus-size women? Is it all just for buzz? Or are they working toward making changes?

It would be great if the inclusion of plus-size models actually led to designers investing in extending their size range. It would also be nice to see the designers who currently make clothes in extended sizes push retailers to stock larger sizes in their stores visibly.

What do you all think of the inclusion of plus-size models in New York Fashion Week? Is the fashion industry using us for buzz or are they attempting to make some real changes?

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