Tonight, 11 Honoré will stage their first ever runway show to kick off the New York Fashion Week’s Winter 2019 season. The luxury e-commerce site, which launched in 2016, has been disrupting the fashion industry’s slim standards as it specifically caters to women sizes 10 and up. Prabal Gurung, Christopher Kane, Altuzarra, Marc Jacobs and many more high fashion brands who have traditionally only provided up to sizes 10 or 12, have all risen to the task of providing extended sizing for the site.
Patrick Herning, founder of 11 Honoré, knows just how important it is for their customers to see themselves being represented in the media and major events at New York Fashion Week. “As a company, we thrive on being first. We were first to market as the first multi-designer e-commerce platform for the plus customer and we are thrilled to be able to continue providing luxury designer options for her. My biggest hope is that people will see the value and beauty of what we’re doing and understand further the shift that is happening within the fashion industry and our culture as becoming more diverse and inclusive.”
So what better what to kick things off than with a fabulous runway show at Spring Studios and tapping the best of the industry to get involved. Elizabeth Stewart, celebrity stylist to A-list names such as Cate Blanchett, Gal Gadot and Viola Davis, has been brought on to style the runway debut. The stylist says the transition between red carpet to runway is simple, “I am working with strong, confident and beautiful women who can wow and inspire the world regardless of their size.” But she recognizes just how big of a moment this really is. “It’s really important to me that all aspects of my work are inclusive. The site has already had a huge impact on women who wear over a size 12, giving them access to designers they have never had access to before…now we are spreading the word further!” Stewart told Bazaar.
Top model Candice Huffine will do the honors of opening tonight’s show at Spring Studios, as she’s been apart of the 11 Honoré family from the start. “There’s a bigger picture to what I feel 11 Honoré will accomplish this Fashion Week. Yes, it’s about clothing at the end of the day, but really look at everything a show like this represents and tell me there isn’t a vital need for this kind of inclusion always,” says Huffine. “A show like this is a game changer and a hope creator and I think the energy it will bring to this week will change the landscape of fashion forever.”
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