For those who went mad making the rounds at NYFW — and those spinning around town this week for LFW: You’re doing it wrong. At least according to Lizzie Widdicombe, who waxes poetic about how much more awesome Full Figured Fashion Week is than anything that’s going on this month. In an article for The New Yorker, Widdicombe goes inside the changing, blogger-driven plus-sized fashion industry, and from her recounting of Full Figured Fashion Week, the plus-sized community sounds pretty awesome. In Widdicombe’s words, “For anyone accustomed to navigating the anxious crowds at uptown Fashion Week, Full Figured Fashion Week can feel like passing from a land of famine into one of plenty.”
Though the plus-sized industry still faces a lot of challenges (even high-end labels like MICHAEL Michael Kors, which has great plus-sized options, won’t give samples to plus-sized focused publications), it’s clear that the world seems a lot friendlier and more positive than what we’ve come to know of the straight-sized industry. Here are five examples.
1. Everyone seems to be having fun in the FROW: Widdicombe recounts a very revealing dress she saw on the runway: “Then a model came down the runway wearing a skintight leopard-print dress with a V neck and a scandalously high slit up the front. There were gasps from the audience as the model narrowed her eyes and strutted toward us. The editor whispered, ‘That is an air-your-coochie dress!’” (more…)