Peter Pilotto for Target. Isabel Marant for H&M. Christopher Kane for Topshop. Prabal Gurung for J.Crew. While all of these designer collaborations offered freak-out-worthy designs, not one of them ventured into sizes above a 14. But, for once, full-figured women are the ones lucking out thanks to Isabel Toledo's capsule collection for Lane Bryant.
Filled with super-feminine, sultry-yet-work-appropriate styles, Toledo's collection conjures a dreamy, urban-ballerina-esque aura that's sure to impress even the most hard-nosed, plus-size fashion critic. While we're chomping at the bit to get our hands on (and curves into) the designs, we're mostly struck by what this collaboration could signify for the fate of the fashion industry.
If Toledo's collaboration with Lane Bryant goes well, then there's a much brighter sartorial future for plus-size women. With the potential success of the collection comes even more proof of what we, and every other plus-size woman out there, have claimed — that we want beautiful clothes, too, and we are not hindered by our size or shape. Perhaps if other designers see the profit this collection will yield, they, too, will want to collaborate with plus-size brands or even expand their own size range to offer a more inclusive spectrum.
With these thoughts in mind, we sat down with Toledo to get her feelings about taking on such a momentous task. Click on to see images from the lookbook, and read our Q&A with the designer. Make sure to view the runway shots featuring all 54 stunning looks.