- Melissa McCarthy is stepping up and offering her own fashion line.Â I loved her in Bridesmaids, and yes, on Gilmore Girls. I also think that it will be great to see designs coming from one of the people that really knows.
- Sarah Bigler, columnist at DenNews.com, wonders if the entertainment industry is at long last acknowledging the existence of plus-size women as something other than a punchline. An editorial at the Daily Trojan (yes, Iâ€™m cringing, too) encourages women to embrace their genetics and base body image on thatâ€¦or something. That something like genetics is somehow a matter of opinion disturbs me, but itâ€™s so embedded in our culture that Iâ€™m pretty much disturbed whenever Iâ€™m paying attention.
- Plus Size Tall has tiny hints about Marc Jacobs plus size line, assuming this isnâ€™t some stunt for branding. Apparently theyâ€™re in talks about plus-size design now. I really hope those talks include human beings over a size 16/18.
- Alex Perry has announced he intends to create a runway collection featuring plus-sized models. Thatâ€™s great. Will their clothing be appropriately plus-sized too?
- The GuardianUK has an interview with fashion skeptic Tanya Gold and a design team. I think I know the answer to fashionâ€™s current tyranny of thin, and why they have more power now than they did back in the 50s: we all need to suck it up and learn how to sew again. Given how terrible I am at that, I will of course have to join a naturist colony.
- â€œBig Sexyâ€ was cancelled 3 episodes in, but it still provoked some conversation. As we know from Family Guy and Futurama, it ainâ€™t over until the DVD sales come in.
- Huffington Post has a video up focusing on full figured fashion that focuses on Lane Bryantâ€™s 3D scanner research.
- A fashion week interview with Roksanda Ilinicic reveals a designer quite willing to include plus-sizes in her repertoire, especially if it fits a celebrity.
- Thread interviews Playtex plus-size model Penelope Benson.
- American Apparel continues to behave like frat boys in need of a tasering when it comes to plus-size customers and plus-size models. Dear frat boys that are not jerks: for the sake of fraternity, do something about these morons. Nancy Upton, youâ€™re my hero.
- In the Huffington Post, Miranda Frum shares her experiences in the modeling world, including being â€œpushedâ€ toward the â€œhumiliatingâ€ plus size modeling.
- Fox News Latino has a profile of Jennifer Berreto Leyvaâ€™s plus modeling career in Venezuala.
- The Limited is introducing a new plus-size line. I vaguely remember the corporation that owned the Limited owning Lane Bryant in the 90s. Does anyone else recall that? Apparently itâ€™s Limited launch.
- Ad-Week has bowed down to the power of the fashion blog in marketing.Â The next step? Getting marketers to understand blogs in terms of blogging rather than in terms of â€œooh, let me take over your marketing tool!â€ My quick tip: approach every blog exactly as you would a commercial print magazine. Each blogger is different, yes, but the etiquette of magazine publication work (say, a Hearst or Condeâ€™ Nast) is a safe place to start.
- Australian tourists can find a
plus-size boutique in Baliâ€“ especially while shopping for a place to retire. Please park all your Eat Pray Love jokes at the door.
- An interview with La Physique designer Rheba Turnbull reveals she sees
fashion design as her spiritual calling.
- The Chicago Tribune looks into the plus-size clothing trend. Vocal, and highlights several local plus-size stores. I would like to comment that we need to stop asking â€œWhat do women want?â€ as it predicates the belief that ovaries create uniform personalities. They do not. 51% of the population is much too large to be a reasonable target market. Perhaps because men make up only 49% of the population, itâ€™s easier to recognize the greater individuation? â€¦ or not.
- Invito Couture of Vancouver has relocated and now includes plus size offerings up to an EU50. (Roughly a size 20?)
- Misstique, in Gaston North Carolina, can only carry up to 20% of her inventory in plus-sizes: I suppose this is better than the usual lame excuses for 0% proffered by many boutique owners. Especially since about 50% of the time, the truth is that they just donâ€™t want fat customers. The interview cites Lane Bryant and Avenue as competition; this is actually misleading. People go to boutiques explicitly because they are NOT chains, so itâ€™s fallacious to claim that these stores are directly competitive â€“ especially given the rapidly growing number of plus-size chain providers growing in the United States. And this market sector is growing despite a faltering economy.
- Dayton Daily News has interview with local plus-size fashionista Daria Yvonne Graham.
- Qristyl Frazier made an appearance at mid-South fashion week 2011.
Business of Plus
- StartupSmart has a profile on Kathryn Heaven, owner of online retail outlet Style and Substance.
- Landmark Group, a UAE retail conglomerate, is looking to add plus-sizes to its brand offerings.
- OneStopPlus has officially launched its lingerie portal.
- The Economist looks into the fuller figured fashion effect. Complete withÂ pic that annoys me from Getty images. Iâ€™m not sure why Iâ€™m annoyed â€“ Iâ€™m the person who always advocates for real people over models. I think itâ€™s the expression.
- South African magazine Curvy South Africa has been getting some much-deserved press attention.
- German magazine Madonna24.at discusses Kirstie Alleyâ€™s
latest turn on the catwalk. I plan on watching and reviewing Fat Actress for this blog at some point; while Fat Chic is all about self-acceptance, itâ€™s important to understand self-loathing even if it is absolutely discouraged here.
- Slovak publication lesk.sk discusses what men think of larger women as lovers. Revealing another country full of men who should not be allowed anywhere near a womanâ€™s body of any size, ever. Perhaps the UN can drop blow-up dolls for them, beginning with this publicationâ€™s shameful editorial staff. (Preference is preference; that it merits discussion is a sign that people still arenâ€™t paying attention in their science classes.)
- Tatyanaâ€™s Secret, a Moscow plus-size lingerie provider, now must contend with a Victoria Secret presence in Russia. Not secret: they wonâ€™t be much if any competition for the plus-size market.