What the Fug?Posted: April 18, 2009
I try not to use this blog as a forum to slate designers and highlight all that is wrong with the plus size fashion industry because I want this lil corner to be somewhere positive and inspiring. I see lots of plus size clothing that makes me think WTF and I ignore it. But what I’ve seen today is worthy of Grand Hall of WTF infamy and needs to be highlighted. What is this mess? High end mess at that.
And why have Saks bought it for their Salon Z collection? What, they sell burial shrouds now? I never knew. When I kick the bucket please be sure NOT to bury me in this because I really don’t want to meet my maker wearing something that makes me look like I gave up all hope long before I died. Not only is it bloody ugly, it doesn’t fit the model and she doesn’t look happy to be wearing it- not that I can blame her really, I too would have a face like thunder if I was made to don this not very gay apparel even if only for a photo shoot. She’s not exactly “selling” it is she? To add insult to injury, Saks want $349 of your hard earned for it.
The dress is by a design duo called Lewis Cho whose name I have heard but never looked at their work in depth. I hit the website and fully expected to see a whole collection of similarly tent-tastic ensembles that I could laugh at. If I had done, this post would have ended at the last paragraph and I would have had my fun and moved on. Instead, what I found was a collection of stylish, appealling, wearable items in straight sizes, many of which would look great in my wardrobe with a little tweak here and there to alter the shorter lengths and get rid of the spaghetti straps etc. Nothing major.
I LOVE that striped dress and the other version they have done using the same fabric-
But when it comes to the old chewing gum coloured atrocity in the first image I have to wonder what they were thinking. Old chewing gum is based on this…
…and is a perfect example of why just because you size something up doesn’t mean it will work on a plus figure. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t but you have to know when it will. Maybe OCG has been done an injustice and would have looked much better on a model who fit the garment? Or maybe nothing would have helped.
The blouse on the left is from the plus range at Salon Z and the blouse on the right is from the straight size collection on the Lewis Cho website. I like it. The plus version is pretty identical to the straight version but again, the plus size version doesn’t fit the model so doesn’t do a great job of promoting it to the customer. At least you can make a good judgement about what it might look like if it did fit.
OCG might have worked better if more consideration had been givento the plus size body it was designed for. The double layered sleeves are a pretty feature but I think the body needs to be more shapely. A bias cut dress would have looked good (looking at the picture I don’t think it is bias cut but I could be wrong), or an additional seam or two for shaping. OCG could have worked; but it doesn’t and its a shame.
Even though I’ve said all that I must emphasise that I’m only talking about one garment in the Salon Z range. The vast majority of it looks great and there are more than a few pieces I would buy tomorrow especially the dresses by Amanda Uprichard and Tadashi- oh, and a killer LBD by David Meister. I hope Lewis Cho continue to do plus sizes as its great to see young designers targeting a market we all know is under served, I just hope that OCG gets put to sleep and reincarnated as something beautiful.