Who says high fashion can't come in every size?
Christian Siriano is the latest designer to step into the lucrative plus-sized market with a brand new collection for Lane Bryant. He even had a runway show Monday for the line, featuring some familiar faces: Orange Is the New Black's Danielle Brooks and fashion model and blogger Ashley Graham showed off their beautiful silhouettes in Siriano's bold and colorful collection.
Brooks is also serving as the face of the collection's ad campaign.
Fellow model Precious Lee walked alongside Brooks and Graham and had a lot to say about how far fashion has come towards making a space for plus-sized models. "Designers say the sample size is the reason you don't see larger women in clothing campaigns," she said. "Well, what's the point of that for beauty? For cosmetics, for accessories, for sunglasses and shoes?"
“If you’re not going to use a plus-size woman, if you’re not going to diversify, then just tell the truth and say you don’t want to use them. At this point, I feel like the excuses have run out,” she said, adding, “Don’t say it’s the sample size, don’t say there aren’t that many girls, don’t say there isn’t a plus-size supermodel, that’s all bull.”
Ashley Graham also spoke about the growing strength of plus sized women in the fashion industry. “It was so important that Lane Bryant collaborated with someone so high-end, to prove that it doesn’t matter what size or shape you are, you can still make clothes our size that are sexy and flattering — everything any woman would want,” she said. “There is power in numbers.”
The collection dropped on April 28, check out the Lane Bryant website for a more in-depth look at the line.