It's no secret that fashion has been slow embrace inclusivity and diversity, particularly the luxury brands. Runways typically feature a specific type of thin model, and research shows that designers producing size inclusive clothing has actually been decreasing. So, when Fendi showed its Fall 2020 collection in Milan on Thursday, we were pleasantly surprised to spot plus-size model Paloma Elsesser. She walked alongside other famous models including Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber, strutting her stuff in a classic blazer-like dress and ankle-strap heels.
It was definitely a historic moment for the fashion house, but it wasn't completely out of left field. Elsesser did appear in a Fendi campaign back in 2018, and she's far from a newbie when it comes to catwalk. Recently, the model walked in shows for Eckhaus Latta and Ganni, but considering how behind the luxury market, a Fendi show is a big deal. We can only assume this is all part of Silvia Venturini new plan for the brand. She took over as creative director following Karl Lagerfeld's death last year.
There's still a full week of shows to get through (following Milan Fashion Week, it's off to Paris), so fingers crossed Elsesser — and a few other plus-size women — make another historic appearance.
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