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Maybe it is his Aries ego that spurs him to boldly go where no one has gone before or boredom with the status quo, but fashion’s rumor mill has been working overtime with reports that Marc Jacobs is planning to create a plus size line early next year. No official announcement has been made yet.
Scuttlebutt began swirling after a tweet from Robert Duffy, president of the Marc Jacobs label, stating:
“We are in talks now. For plus sizes,” Duffy tweeted. “Listen, we are in the very beginning stages of talking to a partner about plus sizes.” He also revealed the problems he has buying clothes. “I’m a big guy 6ft 4in, 210 lbs. [It’s] not easy for me to find clothes,” he wrote. “Of course I can have them made. I know how everyone feels. I try to diet but… I don’t like the phrase plus-sizes. Any suggestions?
“We gotta do larger sizes,” he added. “I’m with you. As soon as I get back to NY. I’m on it! It will take me about a year. But stay with us.”
The fashion industry is known for changing muses, creating gods and goddesses of the runway and reincarnating trends, but the attitude of promoting double digit sizes is a change that is slow to be embraced. Sample sizes do not run bigger than an 8, but one fact fashion’s elite seem to forget is plus size women love labels and shopping too. If Marc Jacobs’ plus size line does come into fruition, it would be a welcome change to the fashion industry and might spur other designers to do the same.