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.

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Comments

  1. Jennifer says

    Well hot damn.. count me in. I’m uber excited! Do we know if this is all Saks’s? When? I presume fall? Where can we get more info? I’m so excited. Now I know where to put my new raise to use 😀

  2. chubala says

    well ..they betta do something fast ..
    they can live their stupid dream about size 2 which doesn’t exist or they can wake up , smell the coffee & stay in bizness..
    size 10-16 is NORMAL SIZE get over it , serve the customer or go down suckas !!
    we ain’t takin crap anymore ..
    everybody’s too broke ..

    • says

      Hey Chubala- I understand your frustration, but people who where size 2s are as normal as people who where size 24. I think the greater point is that making clothes for one end of the size specturm, doesn’t mean you can’t make clothes for the other end.

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