Inspired by New York Fashion Week

Models walk the runway for the Torrid show during NYFW on Sept. 12. (Photo: Getty Images)

A model sports an embroidered denim jacket and a floral dress at the Torrid show during NYFW. (Photo: Getty Images)

A model wears a sheer black lace dress at the Torrid show during NYFW. (Photo: Getty)

Something important happened a few days ago at New York Fashion Week; it had nothing to do with “it girls” on the runway or strategically-placed in the front row. And it had nothing to do with being a part of the unattainable world of the fashion insider. Torrid, one of the largest clothing brands to cater to women who wear sizes 10-30, made its NYFW debut. Featuring 40 curvy-sized models walking the runway, Torrid came to level the playing field and represent. In an interview with Reuters, Elizabeth Munoz, head of product and design for Torrid, said: “The fashion industry can keep passing and keep saying I‘m not going to acknowledge that but there’s going to be a point where we can’t ignore the fact that most of the available population to sell to is a size that they don’t make.

The Spring 2018 collection featured the models wearing floor-length, Bohemian-inspired maxi-dresses paired with leather jackets and embroidered denim jackets with floral prints. Torrid reworked the corset trend by introducing a black leather version detailed with intricate floral embroidery styled with sheer blouses and long floral gowns. The looks were soft with a hard edge and nicely modern. This was a first step in the direction of inclusivity for New York Fashion Week. Hopefully it will start a movement that continues to change the way people think of fashion for all. But it will be even more of an achievement when this news is no longer the exception and in fact, isn’t even a big deal at all.

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Body Positive Messaging For Men

Photo courtesy, Target

Photo courtesy, Target

Model Ashley Graham is changing the conversation for the modeling industry and reshaping the standards regarding women’s sizing. And now, Zach Miko, the plus-size male model who caught the industry’s attention modeling on Target’s website, is bringing awareness for male models, as well. Miko has just signed with IMG Models to its brand-new plus-size Brawn division. At six feet, six inches tall, with a 40-inch waist, he is able to offer men a better idea of what the clothing will actually look like on their bodies.

Miko, a New York-based actor and musician, is proud of his size and stature. He recently spoke with Chubstr, an online site for men of many sizes, about the need for the fashion industry to embrace more body types. Says Miko: “I can only hope that other companies will take the lead of companies like Target and finally show real people, with real bodies, looking as beautiful as they are, in clothes that look great on them.”

I love these conversations that are bringing change to our perception of health and beauty. It’s a huge step in the right direction and I’m buying it!

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Margarete Hyer

Margarete Hyer

Wellness is a mindset and a lifestyle. With an open mind, desire, and persistence, so much dis-ease & dis-comfort can be overcome.” ~ Margarete Hyer

On this eve of Earth Day, we meet Margarete Hyer, an educator and founder of the website, The Essential Classroom.  Margarete’s mission is to help inform the public and the planet about how the products we use affect our health and wellness. This live fashion, print and film model, who has modeled high-end designer fashions herself, is now bringing forward information about dangerous chemicals lurking in our clothing. It’s a wake-up call for us consumers, and hopefully, for the fashion industry itself. Here is Margarete

MKG: Tell me about your passion for health and wellness. When did it start?

MH: My journey started when I was 23 years-old and I contracted (mono) mononucleosis. I was confined to my bed for two weeks and I almost died. Continue reading

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