Nordstrom to expand extended size offerings

It’s one small step for the fashion industry, and one giant leap for shoppers of all kinds.

According to WWD, Nordstrom is seeking to increase its range of sizes sold (which includes plus and petite), with a goal of offering “extended sizing in 60 or more brands in ready-to-wear, outerwear, lingerie and swimwear” by spring 2018. Glamour reports that this change will begin to take root with the opening of Nordstrom’s Century City location in Los Angeles on Oct. 3, where its denim department will “feature all of its brand partners, from straight to extended sizes, merchandised together,” which means “no more having to go to a separate section to find your size.”

Additionally, the Century City location will also display mannequins of more diverse sizes, says Glamour, with this particular store displaying denim and lingerie on mannequins sized 0 to 12. Executive Vice President of Women’s at Nordstrom Tricia Smith shared with Glamour that the change won’t be wide sweeping yet, but it is certainly a move to incite change in the industry.

“There are a lot of brands that only sell between sizes 2 and 12, and we said, ‘That is not OK,’” Smith explains. “In the past, if you were a brand, you had to decide if you were going to be a plus-size brand or not, and that doesn’t have to be the case anymore.”

What also shouldn’t be the case, Smith told Glamour, is having petite and plus sizes considered “other” sizes.

“We don’t believe petite and plus should be categorized—they’re just sizes,” she said. “I think the fashion industry in general needs to commit itself to inclusivity and I strongly believe it’s about time, to be honest. And hopefully, all brands and retailers will learn to pay closer attention to their customers.”

 

Brooks teams up with Universal Standard for new clothing line

Fall is about to become even more fashionable, thanks to a new collaboration between Danielle Brooks and Universal Standard.

According to HuffPost, the Orange is the New Black star is taking her talents off screen to try her hand at clothing design, teaming up with size 10-28 fashion company, Universal Standard, to craft the brand’s Tria collection. Announced by Brooks on Instagram last week, the actor shared a sneak peak of some styles from her line, says HuffPost, modeling a merlot-hued sweater dress over a crisp white button-down shirt, which she paired with patent leather oxfords.

“Beyond excited about this collaboration with this amazing brand!” she wrote in the photo’s caption. “You’ll soon be able to shop this look and a few others. Can’t wait to show you more.”

Brooks’ designs are part the second installment of Universal Standard’s ongoing Tria collection, says HuffPost, which “prompts women to design three pieces that they always wished they had in their closet but could never find.” According to the brand, Brooks’ three-piece collection, which debuts in November, will hold a mirror to Universal Standard’s “established downtown, yet classic, aesthetic, and Danielle’s strong personal style.”

Sounds like everything we could ever hope for! Keep an eye out for Brooks’ collection here.

Graham gives fashion week advice

Ashely Graham knows a thing or two about injecting a bit of body diversity into the fashion industry, and at this season’s New York Fashion Week, she truly outdid herself by featuring all body types on the runway of her lingerie show for Addition Elle. But, the trailblazing model wishes she could say the same for other fashion shows.

According to Cosmopolitan, Graham told Yahoo Style that Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma show should have added curvier models to their already diverse lineup walking down the runway.

“I was at Fenty last night, and that was an amazing show. But how dope would it have been to see some curves on the runway?” she said, before adding that “it was a very diverse group of women, which was really nice.”

Hopefully, with more people like Graham speaking out on the lack of body diversity in the fashion industry, things will finally begin to change.

 

Conrad to add plus sizes to Kohl’s line

Lauren Conrad’s Kohl’s line is slowly becoming more inclusive, first with maternity clothing and now with plus sizes.

According to WWD, Conrad’s LC Lauren Conrad brand is expanding to include plus-size offerings, with her entire limited-edition runway capsule collection debuting at New York Fashion Week on Sept. 6. Now featuring sizes 0X to 3X, Glamour reports the brand launched its new plus styles in a partnership with blogger Loey Lane, who starred in a photoshoot to show off some of the new looks from the runway collection.

Lane also shared her frustrations with plus clothing, says WWD, writing, “Can’t I just wear whatever I want? Why wouldn’t anyone just wear what makes them comfortable and happy and not think about how others feel about the garments they’re putting on their own bodies?”

Ready for Conrad’s latest collection? Glamour says the new styles will include “holiday-ready velvet, metallics, and faux fur,” and will retail between $12 and $154.

 

 

Huffine launches lingerie collaboration with Fortnight

A new collaboration is on the horizon, this time from the minds of model Candice Huffine and the folks at Fortnight Lingerie.

According to InStyle, the model is teaming up with Fortnight Lingerie to release a 12-piece collection of comfortable, yet sexy lingerie in a range of sizes. Available in sizes up to XXL and a G-cup, InStyle reports that the line “features everything from high-waisted briefs (that are anything but matronly) to cute teddies and longline bras all in cool prints created specifically for the brand.”

With a variety of sizes and styles available, Huffine told InStyle that even details right down to the print are designed to encourage individuality.

“The print is slightly different on each piece,” she said. “I wanted women to celebrate themselves and their own individually. These pieces are powerful and feminine.”

Even the pieces themselves are created with the idea that every woman can wear them according to their own style; they don’t have to be just lingerie, says Huffine.

“Try the bodysuit as a top or a tank, and don’t be afraid to layer,” she told InStyle. “I tried the bodysuit with a t-shirt underneath. I rolled the sleeves and paired it with jeans. The longline bras would look beautiful under a sheer top. The possibilities are endless.”

To see the possibilities for yourself, check out the Candice Huffine X Fortnight collection journelle.com and fortnight.com.

Premme takes plus fashion by storm

Remember this name: Premme.

Launched on July 25, this Los Angeles-based clothing line offers the plus-size clothing of your dreams, and according to Refinery29, the size 12 to 30 line made its debut at a reasonable price range, costing between $30 and $89. But don’t let the accessible prices fool you; Premme does not compromise fashion for price.

Described by Refinery29 as a “statement collection,” brand founders Nicolette Mason and Gabi Gregg told the online publication that Premme was born out of their own frustrations with minimal size options and compromised style choices.

“We’ve always loved fashion — we’ve been fashion girls for a very long time, and we’re frustrated with the fact that designers aren’t making our size,” Gregg told Refinery29. “The brands that are making our size are [making products that are] diluted and watered down. We didn’t want that for our brand. We didn’t want to compromise style.”

With a mission to make style available to shoppers of all sizes, Mason and Gregg created a line that delivers bold style — think a shorts sweatsuit embellished with pearls — that is both accessible and affordable. What’s more is that Gregg told Refinery29 that Premme acts as a challenge to retailers to be as inclusive as they possibly can.

“We’re trying to change things up. Not only in terms of design but in our messaging and in every element of what we’re doing,” Gregg said. “We’re just trying to be the stand-out brand that’s really listening to the community.”

As if Premme didn’t already seem #flawless, Refinery29 reports that the line also uses plus-sized models who range in size from 16 to 26 — what a concept!

Sounds too good to be true, right? It’s not, but you might want to hurry to check it out, since Cosmo is reporting that some items are already starting to sell out.

Skim their selection here.

 

Woods to debut first fashion line

It’s never too early to start thinking about fall fashion, and it looks like we have the perfect new line to keep our eyes on.

According to Cosmopolitanmodel Jordyn Woods is set to launch her first-ever clothing line, which will take the form of a collaboration with retailer Addition ElleOfficially debuting in September during Addition Elle’s New York Fashion Week Show, Cosmo reports that the 15-piece line will range from sizes 12 to 26 and will cost between $42 to $178.

With classic denim looks and ultra-modern graffiti jackets, the compact collection offers an array of styles for a spectrum of sizes — something Woods said is a shared mission of hers and Addition Elle.

“I was excited to partner with Addition Elle as they embody everything I stand for,” she said in a statement, according to Cosmo. “They are a style destination for women who truly embrace their figures and are passionate about building a fashion democracy within the industry, offering the latest trends for all body types.”

Sounds like a worthwhile collaboration to us!

Neary debuts in major fashion campaign

When a model makes their debut in a major fashion campaign, it is usually something worth noting. But when a model’s debut means a chance at more inclusivity, that’s something worth celebrating.

According to BustleShay Neary is the first trans plus size model to land a major fashion campaign,” starring in a spring/summer 2017 collaboration with UK-based retailer, Yours Clothing.

The brand, which offers “modern, funky plus-size clothing up to a size 36,” according to Mic, hand-selected Neary to front the campaign, which aims to connect all people to fashion regardless of their size or their gender identity. When Neary was tapped to help in this mission, Mic says she made inclusivity a top priority.

“In January, we started collaborating on a project for a simple guide for transgender customers,” Neary said. “They have a large clientele of trans individuals, and happen to get a lot of questions for advice on how to dress. Of course I wanted to be a part of this. Any form of guidance is always helpful when you’re starting your transition. I picked out clothes I thought represented my own style, and they sent me them.”

In Neary’s collection for Yours Clothing, she also made sure to include a range of styles to suit many tastes, with pieces offered in bold florals to edgy rocker looks, says Bustle. What’s more is that Neary seems to have found a perfect match in working with the retailer, reports Bustle, offering that they are not creating an inclusive market “for the ticket. They’re doing it because they genuinely understand their consumer.”

As for Neary herself, she is also not just doing it for the ticket; she told Bustle that she hopes other trans people see her and know that they can celebrate themselves.

“I come from an older generation of trans people, where you were fearful to be spotted for being trans,” she said. “I focused on passability. Now, what I want to tell trans [people] is just be yourself. Whatever comes along with that, be yourself. You don’t have to hit either side of the [gender] margin, and your style can represent that. If you want to put on a dress and a blazer, you rock that.”

Way to go, Shay!

Forever 21 to debut new plus offerings

Everyone should be able to find clothing that suits their style, and Forever 21’s newest offerings are helping to make that happen.

According to WWD, the fast-fashion retailer “plans to relaunch its plus-size collection on Friday, tapping models Barbie Ferreiraand Lulu Bonfils to appear in marketing for the revamped offering.”

Originally launched in 2009, Forever 21 Plus is getting a makeover in order to provide women of all sizes with styles that invoke current trends, says WWD, which includes ’90s-style clothing like “chokers, boots and rose-colored sunglasses along with studded and patch detailing on motorcycle jackets and tops.”

But the relaunch isn’t just focusing on apparel; it’s also providing plus-size swimwear, reports WWD, which has made headlines this spring for its sexy styles.

With sizes ranging from XL to 3X and costing no more than $78, Forever 21 Plus seems to be on a mission of providing accessible fashion for all sizes and budgets.

Nike launches plus-size line

Athleticwear just got a bit more size inclusive, thanks to Nike.

According to Bustle, the brand just released an all-new 44-piece line that includes pieces like sports bras, leggings and tops, and ranges in size from XL to 3X (and bras up to size 38E). The athleticwear company explained their decision to increase their size offerings in statement, says Glamour, sharing that the move seeks to acknowledge the growing role of women in sports.

“Nike recognises that women are stronger, bolder and more outspoken than ever. In today’s world, sport is no longer something that she does, it’s who she is. The days where we have to add ‘female’ before ‘athlete’ are over. She is an athlete, period. And having helped fuel this cultural shift, we celebrate these athletes’ diversity, from ethnicity to body shape.”

The line, which is currently available in stores and online, also features in its promo photos UK lifestyle blogger Grace Victory, according to Glamour, as well as London-based blogger Danielle Vanier.

Welcome to the body-inclusive club, Nike!