…. Basically, they are genetic freaks who spend a couple of hours in hair and makeup." ~ Rebecca Romijn
I swear, you would have thought they'd posted a picture a grisly crime scene with the amount of flack they received over those pictures. Over 75% of the 250+ comments were about the models and how they aren't plus size because no one appears to be larger than a size 10 or 12. The fans went on and criticized the clothes themselves, saying the clothes were matronly, the prints unflattering for women of size and that there was no use of color.
Either I'm getting old or my sense of what's stylish and attractive isn't what it used to be, but I found absolutely nothing wrong with the clothes. I admit, after reviewing the website for awhile, I found quite a few pieces I would never consider buying, but the reality is not only can I say the same thing about Lane Bryant, but I actually found more at Macy's I'd like to buy this spring than I did from Lane Bryant.
A dozen or so years ago, I actually used to work for Marshall Field's here in Michigan, which for those of you who don't remember is now Macy's. Back then we had a half dozen racks of Koret and Alfred Dunner which, with the exception of a few (very few) select pieces, were synonymous with granny clothes. Jones New York was our primary suiting brand, though we had a bunch of suit sets for $79.99 in the dresses departments that again appealed to our 70 and over clientele. Evening dresses cames in about five colors: black, navy, champagne/ivory, mauve and powder blue. And we also seemed to carry every Liz Claiborne horizontally striped t-shirt and sweater known to man.
In short, with the exception of the (at the time) new Ralph Lauren lines, my paycheck was never in imminent danger of being in the negative with all of the clothes I was buying. In fact, more often than not, my friend B and I were blowing up the Comments and Suggestions box with requests for a more stylish selection, more color choices, and just an overhaul of the complete buying-for-plus-size process.
I personally think that in 12 years, plus size fashion has come a long way. Not only do we have the mainstays of Lane Bryant, Avenue, and Ashley Stewart, but designers such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Karen Kane, Marina Rinaldi, and Jessica Simpson, among many others, have jumped on the bandwagon. We have a wonderful selection of plus size apparel nowadays.
So why are all of the Macy's Facebook fans crying foul regarding the lack of plus size models? Don't they realize how far we've come? (I'm being sincere here. I really just don't get it).
I received a catalog for Roamans, an online plus size store, about three weeks ago. Last week, I received a catalog for Jessica London, another online plus size retailer. Neither catalog featured plus size models. And these are plus size specific companies. I browsed through Avenue's website and again, by the Macy's fans definition of plus size models, no plus size models were to found on Avenue's website either. In fact the only plus size companies Macy's fans used as examples for plus size models were Torrid and Lane Bryant.
So isn't it ironic that Lane Bryant's Ashley Graham is also found on Macy's website modeling for INC International Concepts, Nine West, Spense and Macy's own brand Style&co?
Yes, I would love to see a woman larger than a size 12 model clothes for plus sizes. Am I going to take Macy's to task for not using such a model like most of the commentators on Facebook did? No. Or at least not right away. Because I firmly believe that plus size specific companies, such as Avenue, Lane Bryant, Roamans, and Jessica London need to raked over the coals for alienating their clientele first before Macy's, who caters to all sizes, gets called in front of the firing squad first.
Oh, and the dress? I just bought it at Macy's last week. Like I said, lots of things I want to buy there this season. 😉