The last few years of Fat Chic have gone heavy on the runway shows and wishful thinking. I still love the runway shows, but I can follow them in exhaustive detail or I can have time to fulfill my contract deadlines. Since I am self-employed and Fat Chic is in fact not the main way I make my living (though it is the easiest one to mention at dinner parties) I have to take a few shortcuts.
Thankfully, tablet computing and Pinterest have made a shortcut possible that I never previously considered. Rather than go through each show with exhaustive post after post, I am putting it all here in one place â€“ the 2014 Spring Fashion Board of designs I would love to see available in plus sizes.
Half the time the clothing practically hangs off the models in part because most are still very young girls whose bodies have not fully developed. Fashion designers arenâ€™t actually designing their ready to wear for anyone â€“ itâ€™s like an elaborate game of bullying keep away for every woman everywhere who happens to be something other than a half-starved model or a front-row seat desirable.
I trust that plus size fashion designers look to the straight size shows as I do for inspiration, and Eden Miller of Cabiriaâ€™s breakthrough is of course wonderful news. If you spend some time poking around on this board, remember a few things:
- What you see on these runways often bears only the vaguest resemblance to what is made available to the end consumer. Sometimes all thatâ€™s taken from a line is the color, or one cut, or fashion details.
- You are looking at dinosaurs, not the future. Most mainstream designers still subscribe to the â€œaspirationalâ€ aesthetic, which is in the throes of a violent and much-deserved death.
- There is no such thing as machine made fashion. When you buy fast fashion â€“ as nearly all Fat Chic readers do â€“ someone is hand sewing it and thereâ€™s a high chance they are doing so while foregoing health insurance, etc. Slave conditions are very common worldwide â€“ even a â€œMade in the USAâ€ tag is not trustworthy on that count. No, machines donâ€™t cut the patterns either. Thereâ€™s no machine that can cut fabric on a grade for different sizes; it still requires a human hand.
Understood? Awesome! Now, to look at the pretty things: