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6 Brands Serving Up Fierce Plus-Size Fashion

It’s been a few weeks since Prabal Gurung released his highly anticipated plus-size fashion line with Lane Bryant, and curvy fashionistas are loving it! Following the collection’s release, the high-end fashion designer spoke to CBS This Morning, and revealed that his decision to collaborate with the plus-size retailer is part of his greater purpose to promote inclusion within the fashion industry.

Over the course of his career, Gurung said he’d felt challenged to consider designing for plus-size women. In one instance, he recalled a “curvier woman” at his trunk show who “was hesitant” to try his collection.

“I was also on a diversity panel for models,” Gurung recalled. “Everyone was talking about race, then one of the women said, ‘What about plus-size?’ And they said ‘Oh, we’ll get to you.'”

“That kind of really bothered me,” he admitted. “My thing has been about inclusion. If I want to make any change, have a conversation of change, it needs to start with a conversation of inclusion.”

With the plus-size community, Gurung not only sees an underserved population, but a real business opportunity. As of 2016, the plus-size market was estimated to be worth over $20 billion.

Fortunately, Gurung is not the only high-fashion designer showing love to curvier women. These five other brands are proving fly fashion comes in all sizes.


Photo: lalabelle.com, This Australian-based company’s “ethos is to not make plus-size clothes that suck.” Amen to that. Black Off-The-Shoulder Cotton Dress; $294


Photo: zelieforshe.com, Through her unique line, designer Elann Zelie, aims to bring “a sense of freedom back to the plus-sized community.” The “Ziggy” Bell Bottom; $69


Photo: eloquii.com, Eloquii aims to move fashion forward by designing for women sizes 14-28. Lace Ruffle Sleeve Off-the-Shoulder Dress; $130


Photo: us.marinarinaldi.com, The vast collection of accessories and garments Marina Rinaldi offers for curvy women represents a “turning-point in the history of women’s apparel.” Long Light Cotton Shirt; $350


Photo: hopeforflowers.com, Designer Tracy Reese recently started offering more inclusive sizing. Previously her highest size was a 12, but now, a dress (like the one pictured) goes up to 2X.