The Major (And Unexpected) Change We Saw On Runways This Fashion Week

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From feminine lavender hues to sculptural silhouettes, fashion week’s runways had us pining for spring’s biggest trends (and thinking up ways to wear them, of course). With both veteran and new designers prefacing NYFW with a sneak peek into their collections, we already had an idea of what to expect on the catwalk, but there was one thing that caught our sartorial eye—and it wasn’t a touted ensemble. Rather, we noticed an exciting number of size-diverse models grace the runways of major industry players like Prabal Gurung and Michael Kors, exclusively plus-size retail chains like Addition Elle and Torrid and even indie labels Miaou and Lou Dallas. As statistics have it, Glamour reported that September saw a record-breaking 208 model appearances above sample size, which is 181 more than February’s number of 27. This figure marks a tremendous feat for designers and models who understand that individuals come in all shapes and sizes. As Prabal himself once said, “The definition of beauty is no longer size two, four or zero; it comes in different sizes.” We couldn’t agree more.