The Torrid fashion show, which took place on Tuesday at New York Fashion Week, was a breath of fresh air. There were no Insta â€œitâ€ girls in sight, and quite frankly everyone was happy about it.Â Torrid sent 40 beautiful, curvyÂ models down the catwalk for its dark and edgy, yet feminine and bohemian, collection. It was a rare moment of the real, in a week otherwise dominated by the unattainable.
Although plus-size models like Ashley Graham and Candice Huffine may have paved the way for curvier women to walk during NYFW, Torridâ€™s inclusion and presence in the cityâ€™s official Fashion Week schedule is a major step in the right direction.
â€œOver 60 percent of the women in America are plus-size [or] considered plus size,â€ Elizabeth Munoz, head of product and design for Torrid, said in an interview with Reuters. â€œThe fashion industry can keep passing and keep saying Iâ€˜m not going to acknowledge that, but thereâ€™s going to be a point where we canâ€™t ignore the fact that most of the available population to sell to is a size that they donâ€™t make.â€
With 500 stores throughout the U.S. and Canada, Torrid is one of the largest clothing brands to cater to women who wear sizes 10-30. ThisÂ was the brandâ€™s first time officially showing during NYFW and in partnership with IMG.
Floor-length black floral-print dresses, sheer lacy maxi gowns paired with embroidered moto jackets and bedazzled denim jackets were standout pieces from the collection. Torrid reworked the high-fashion corset trend into its own by introducing a black leather version detailed with intricate floral embroideryÂ styled withÂ sheer blouses and long floral gowns. Although Huffine and Graham were not at the show, the progression they made for plus-size models wasÂ felt in the gorgeous plus-size women who modeled the looks.
For the past three years, Torrid has hostedÂ an annualÂ model search. This year, the label used New York Fashion Week as the semifinal round of thatÂ competition. During the last leg of the show, the 10 remaining contestants pickedÂ from across the United States, walked the runway in the hopes of becoming the new face of Torrid in 2018.
In the audience, theÂ front row wasÂ star-studded, includingÂ Adrienne C. Moore fromOrange Is the New Black, Shannon Purser, better known as â€œBarbâ€ on the hit Netflix showÂ StrangerÂ Things,Â as well asÂ Miss Jay Alexander fromÂ Americaâ€™s Next Top ModelÂ andProjectÂ Runway winnerÂ Ashley Nell Tipton.
Tuesdayâ€™s show symbolized a major step forward for New York Fashion Weekâ€™s focus on diversity and inclusivity. Hopefully, this progression will continue at future Fashion Weeks in New York and around the world.