The past few years have seen the fashion industry go through a phenomenal transformation and this change has been for the better, significantly for that part of the population which was never earlier seen as deserving candidates for the best. I’ m talking about the women who have lived with the pathetic tags of “plus sized”, “gross”, “petite”, “odd sized” and …….(excuse me for being rude)”fat”. Much of the fair share of attention has come for the not-so-perfect women, as New York Fashion Week has pitched in five plus sized models to walk the ramp for his spring 2017 collection. More so, the concept of “molded models” is passé now as enter the ones who represent real women….real, beautiful women!!
After having set new standards for plus size Clothing with the iconic red dress he designed for Leslie Jones (the one she wore at Ghostbusters premiere),The Renowned Designer Christian Siriano has brought the concept to a platform that will make real difference in how the industry perceives these women in future. The rumbling applause that greeted plus-sized model Georgia Pratt as she graced the ramp at NYFW 2016 said it all for the good things that are in store for all the women who come in this category. What more, this innovative idea of the seasoned designer is going to be an inspiration for others, who have till date, focused on super skinny models rather than the more “realistic” ones!
The most amazing part of the initiative by NFW is that they have not tried to dress his plus-sized models in stereotyped outfits; they have focused on making them look beautiful rather than trying to conceal all their imperfections. And this is where the Indian designers have gone wrong, after the spectacle that was witnessed at the plus sized fashion show held during the Lakme Fashion Week this year. On comparing the two, the difference seems to be a tremendous one; while the full-figured beauties at NYFW were seen walking the ramp with poise and confidence as they wore outfits that gracefully skimmed their curves, those at LFW made a disappointing run as the clothing they showcased lacked the elements of elegance and grace that are all so essential for making a woman look beautiful.
While the beauty of the concept of draping all sizes in elegance has been appreciated on the international fashion scenario, India has still a long way to go. The fashion industry here typecasts a woman according to her size, with fat being manifested as ugly. The reflection of this mindset has already been seen during LFW, where plus sized women have been presented in outfits that were absolutely outrageous. Seeing this effort by NYFW as a turning point for plus-sized fashionistas, it would be appropriate to envision plus-sized fashion in a refreshed manner. Style is not something that is beautiful, it is something that makes you look good and feel good. It’s all about loving your appearance and being you. This is the concept imbibed by LURAP, the pioneering brand for custom clothing which aims to cater to the dressing desires of women irrespective of their shapes and sizes. And yes, what Siriano has done at NYFW 2016 is a sure inspiration for all. Now that’s the way to go indeed!!!