>As a lover of fashion sometimes I am puzzled by designers who don’t have plus size lines yet, especially when the designer themselves has or had a little meat on their bones, (cough, Karl Lagerfeld).
It’s 2010 and plus size women are still campaigning for high end designers to make clothes for our voluptuous bodies. For years the response has been, it costs too much and plus size women don’t shop. Well, I don’t know about you, but, there is one thing I know about a plus size woman who loves to look good, she will spend money on clothes that are luxurious and made well. The plus size industry is a billion dollar a year business, so, that says to me, a plus size woman loves to shop.

As Fashion Week is nearing I thought about some of my favorite designers who have yet to do a full fledged plus line or even add additional sizes above a size 14. The four designers I chose are Tracy Reese, Valentino, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Oscar De La Renta.

Tracy Reese

 The first time I saw Tracy Reese designs was back in 2006. I was mesmerized by her use of prints and fabrics. Everything was so girlie and colorful, it looked as if you were going to a tea party a la Alice in Wonderland. Tracy Reese herself is a curvy girl with her pear shaped frame. Which was surprising to me that her sizes stopped at a 12. Every year I hoped that I was going to read a press release that she would be going plus. The closest she came to going plus is when she partnered with Lucky and HSN for a designer capsule collection and all of the pieces went up to a size 3X. Tracy’s designs are perfect for a plus size woman because when it comes to her dresses they are almost always cut fuller at the bottom and fitted at the top or if she does a body con dress it is never super tight it skims the body while showcasing your curves. I have to admit that some of the models that she uses never quite fill out the dresses properly. I’m always saying she needs a curvy girl on that runway to showcase her designs better.

Diane Von Furstenberg

Seriously, Diane is missing out on mega bucks. She is credited with inventing one of the most flattering dresses in the world. Every curvy girl loves themselves a good wrap dress and Diane is Queen of the wrap dresses. Her prints are bold and her style is sweet and feminine. She also makes some amazing blazers and skirts. Diane’s designs would be perfect for the over 25 curvy girls who want that young polished look. Right now, Diane does go up to a size 14 in some of her pieces, but, I would put money on it that if she created a plus line that her profits would sky rocket.


Valentino’s designs give off a sophisticated sexy feel. He does ruffles and lace like no other. His clothes are dainty, feminine, and innovative. If Valentino had a plus size line it would be geared toward the curvy woman who wants to look classy and chic. A tailor is a curvy girl’s best friend and Valentino’s designs are impeccable when it comes to fit and it would give the plus woman that tailored look to show off her curves.

Oscar De La Renta

Oh Oscar! there is just so much to say about his gowns. Oprah said herself that if she were to get married, he would be her go to designer for a wedding gown. Every curvy girl no matter their style at some point in their lives wants to look and feel glamorous. Oscar is the man for the job. His designs are curve skimming and have that old Hollywood glamour.  A few years back Oscar did have a bridge line in plus sizes, but, I don’t think many people knew about it and now it no longer exists. I myself did purchase a beautiful printed full skirt from Filenes when the line was out and I would always get compliments on it. I also felt a sense of pride when people would say where did you get that from and I would reply, Oscar De La Renta. Oscar designs would be great for a plus size woman because they are bold, elegant, and would hug our curves just right.

What other designers would you like to see go plus?

All photos: NY MAG


  1. >Ooooo Oscar De La Renta definitely should have a plus size line, I often dream of being able to wear (and afford) one of his dresses!I don't understand why they won't design a plus size line, it's a lucrative market, and women (and people in general) are getting bigger, they're pretty much just shooting themselves in the foot.What I really would like to see, is plus size clothing stores to step up their game and start setting trends instead of following them. I want them to design clothes for us that looks like a designer brand.

  2. >It would be nice to have top-of-the line from all of these folks. I'm showing my age here, but Valentino and Oscar have been in the plus markets through their bridge-price collections.Valentino Carisma existed in the 1990s. I have seen pieces on eBay once in a great while.Oscar's bridge sportswear collection was discontinued about five years ago. I have a pink silk shantung skirt from it that I still wear. He also had plus in a moderate collection that went under. Like Tracy, Diane is another one of these folks that has had plus stuff in her licensed lines for one of the shopping channels. And you'd think Tracy, as an African American designer, would consider a plus line because most of us are above size 12.

  3. >This is sooooooo on point. I've been waiting for years for Tracy to come out with a plus line. Especially since the majority of African-American women aren't the size that she carries. I would LOVE to wear her girly dresses, but I know I will never be a size 6 (plus it wouldn't look good on me).

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