Plus Fashion Goes High End: Saks to Carry Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, McQueen Up to Size 20

What: Saks Fifth Avenue is testing placement of “plus sizes” on it’s high end floor with almost all the big designers participating. This could affect all levels of the retail chain

According to Racked: And we’re not just talking about smart suits and evening gowns for the ladies-who-lunch set (though they’ll have plenty to peruse, with extended sizes from Akris, Armani, Carolina Herrera, Escada, Donna Karan, St. John, Oscar de la Renta, Max Mara, Valentino and Michael Kors). Saks will also be stocking plus-sized pieces by the aforementioned Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana, as well as from Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Fendi and Roberto Cavalli.

Our Two Cents:  This is a major leap forward in terms of plus size fashion. Fashion tends to trickle downwards- meaning high end designers (Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana) set the trends and lower-end retailers (Forever21, H&M) copy what the higher-end folks create. So while the collections will be limited (only one of each size) and the prices will be high, this test could have far reaching impact on plus size fashion at all levels of the retail chain.