It's 2010 and plus size women are still campaigning for high end designers to make clothes for our voluptuous bodies. For years the response has been, it costs too much and plus size women don't shop. Well, I don't know about you, but, there is one thing I know about a plus size woman who loves to look good, she will spend money on clothes that are luxurious and made well. The plus size industry is a billion dollar a year business, so, that says to me, a plus size woman loves to shop.
As Fashion Week is nearing I thought about some of my favorite designers who have yet to do a full fledged plus line or even add additional sizes above a size 14. The four designers I chose are Tracy Reese, Valentino, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Oscar De La Renta.
The first time I saw Tracy Reese designs was back in 2006. I was mesmerized by her use of prints and fabrics. Everything was so girlie and colorful, it looked as if you were going to a tea party a la Alice in Wonderland. Tracy Reese herself is a curvy girl with her pear shaped frame. Which was surprising to me that her sizes stopped at a 12. Every year I hoped that I was going to read a press release that she would be going plus. The closest she came to going plus is when she partnered with Lucky and HSN for a designer capsule collection and all of the pieces went up to a size 3X. Tracy's designs are perfect for a plus size woman because when it comes to her dresses they are almost always cut fuller at the bottom and fitted at the top or if she does a body con dress it is never super tight it skims the body while showcasing your curves. I have to admit that some of the models that she uses never quite fill out the dresses properly. I'm always saying she needs a curvy girl on that runway to showcase her designs better.
Diane Von Furstenberg
Oscar De La Renta
What other designers would you like to see go plus?
All photos: NY MAG