It looks like 2012 is going to be a good year for designers tackling plus size fashion. Mary Katranzou has said that she has been asked by Net- a- Porter to extend the size range of her collection.
This has intrigued me on two levels. I checked the Net- a- porter site and was surprised to see that their size chart goes up to a size 20/ XXL. In fact, I even found two Vivienne Westwood dresses up to a XXXL.
I had no idea. How big these clothes are in reality is another issue. Things are indeed looking up.
Secondly, it has always made me scratch my head to wonder why designers would design clothes they can’t fit into. No disrespect to Mary Katranzou but she looks bigger than a size 14 and designs clothes she can’t wear herself. It’s the same with Rodarte. I might be wrong but I’m pretty sure Rodarte don’t do plus sizes, and only one of the Mulleavy sisters is able to fit into their standard clothing. When I was 13 I decided I wanted to be a fashion designer and studied to degree level. The entire time I always knew I wanted to design plus size clothes and that was my constant goal. I’ve always been fat and putting my own name to clothes I can’t fit into makes little sense to me. In my opinion it sends a subliminal message that the only people worthy of wearing high fashion are those who fit within a tiny spectrum of sizes- everyone else, including the designer, is unimportant and undeserving.