New York Fashion Week. Something I never imagined I’d attend or have anything to do with in my lifetime. Guess what, time passes, things change, your life can completely change!! Now I make it a point to be in New York for fashion week each season, even if I don’t book a show or don’t get to attend the ones that get all the media coverage. Being here for it allows me to network with other models, other bloggers, learn how the casting process works, hear which shows everyone’s taking about, and see how people hustle.
Plus models are becoming a more accepted sight on the runway, but still there are only so many designers that design for and/or include plus in their shows. Here is a quick list of 4 designers that I look forward to and hope to see plus size models on their runway this September!
Always leading in body diversity on the runway, displaying a wide range and no rules when it comes to age, ability, gender identity, size, race inclusivity. I had the opportunity to cast for Chromat a couple of times now and just being able to do that as a size 18 was a trip. From a model’s perspective or aspiring model’s perspective, the rising inclusivity doesn’t get any more exciting.
Looking for the top plus size models in the industry? Oh they’re all walking for Christian Siriano. Ashley Graham, Precious Lee, Marquita Pring, Candice Huffine…regulars on his runway. The show locations and gowns are always impressive, and the rooms are now filled with his celebrity clients as he’s become known for dressing plus size celebrities when other designers haven’t been willing to accommodate a body with curves to spare.
SAVAGE X FENTY
Not a show that’s part of the official NYFW, but a powerhouse show of course. Like Chromat, body diversity is plentiful and sex appeal in all sizes is unquestionable. In particular, the format of the savage shows have been non-traditional, so I look forward to seeing what Rihanna’s team has dreamt up this season.
Last season, Paris Fashion Week debuted the TommyXZendaya collection. Several plus models, at least 7, were booked in the show, and most notably, the show made a even bigger statement with an all-black cast of models. While that was a special collection, I would strongly hope to see Hilfiger continue to use plus size models in his show this season.
BONUS! One more runway show where you’ll definitely see more plus size models than any show will be at Curvy Con! If you’re not aware, there is a runway show on Sept. 6 and this year there are multiple brands showcasing their latest on ALL plus size models. I’ll be attending Curvy Con for the 3rd year in a row and I believe limited tickets are available at www.thecurvycon.com.
Stay tuned for more content coming about Curvy Con and NYFW. I’ll be sharing more about the upcoming runway shows, and of course be sure to let me know your thoughts and what else you want to know about NYFW!