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Are Plus Size Women Missing Out On High Fashion?

Submitted by on August 13, 2010 – 8:29 am5 Comments

Marc Jacobs is the most recent fashion designer to announce the launch of a plus size line.  The news may come as a pleasant surprise to stylish curvy ladies everywhere, but we’re not sure you should be skipping for joy just yet.

Marc’s business partner, Robert Duffy,  made it clear via Twitter that the line will not be based on his collection, but will instead be a totally separate entity:

Why wouldn’t it be based on the collection line?

You would think the point is for plus size women to have access to all pieces they see and love on the designer’s runway. Saying “Relax. It won’t be based on the collection line” sounds almost like they are reassuring the usual Marc Jacobs fans that plus size women will not be caught rocking the same threads as them. It’s almost segregating these ladies—how is that a good thing?

On one hand, the designer may plan on creating new, more flattering pieces for voluptuous women. We just can’t help but wonder if the looks will be as fashion-forward as his primary collection.

Racked.com recently reported that Saks Fifth Avenue will soon add plus size garments to its high-end floor. Labels included are Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Toula, Akris, Armani, Carolina Herrera, Escada, Donna Karan, St. John, Oscar de la Renta, Max Mara, Valentino, Michael Kors, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Fendi and Roberto Cavalli. Most of these labels currently only offer up to size 10, whereas going forward some will introduce size 14, and others will go up to size 20. Sounds like great news, right? Well you better get there fast, as they’ll supposedly only stock one unit of each size!

Source: Jezebel , Racked

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