River Island Is Releasing a Badass 75-Piece Plus-Size Collection

River Island Is Releasing a Badass 75-Piece Plus-Size Collection
Source: River Island
Source: River Island

River Island is finally getting hip to the knowledge that plus-size women deserve clothing as beautiful as the bodies they wear it on.

Recognizing the ever-increasing demand for plus-size clothing that isn't frumpy or constructed of "shit fabrics," the U.K. high street fashion brand, which famously partnered on a full collection with Rihanna in 2013, has joined the growing list of brands and celebs releasing plus-size clothing collections.

Read more: What the First Designer to Ever Show Plus-Size Clothes at Fashion Week Wants Us to Know

On Wednesday, River Island will launch its RI Plus collection comprised of 75 pieces from its main collection including stretch skinny jeans and a black leather biker jacket, all available in sizes 18 to 24. 

"It's clear they have thought about a curvy woman's body and designed accordingly while giving her exactly what can be found on the high street at any other size," supermodel Candice Huffine said in a press release shared with Mic.

Huffine, who's graced covers including i-D and Italian Vogue, is fronting the new campaign for the collection.

Source: Mic/River Island

It's a perfect pairing, as 1. she's gorgeous (duh), and 2. she's spoken out about her fraught early experiences trying to break into the industry. "'Can you drop some sizes?'" she recalled being asked early in her career during a 2015 interview with Into the Gloss.

She joins recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model Ashley Graham, sharing obstacles faced by plus-size models, despite increasing exposure. "Trying to find a dress for the Oscars, a girl my size, [with] these girls this size — I mean, it has been a whole job in itself," Graham told host Giuliana Rancic during E!'s Live From the Red Carpet at Sunday night's Oscars.

Source: Getty Images

To that end, brands like Forever 21 and Target have created plus-size or body-positive lines of clothing. Stars like Beth Ditto and Rebel Wilson have also created clothes themselves in response to the lack of offerings from mainstream brands. Ten-year-old Egypt "Ify" Ufele even presented a plus-size clothing line at New York Fashion Week.

Source: River Island

Soon, perhaps, we'll find ourselves at a time when plus-size clothing is no longer regaled for its innovativeness, but rather, its quality and general "Damn, that looks good!" And if the first look at some of River Island's collection is any indicator, we're well on our way.

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Evan Ross Katz

Evan Ross Katz is Mic's style editor. He previously served as managing editor for Logo's NewNowNext. Bylines: The Advocate, Refinery29, Men's Health, Thrillist, Out, Men's Fitness, Instinct, F*cking Young, Schön, Essential Homme, The Manual, and WetPaint.

MORE FROM

Dozens killed in deadly car bomb attack in Kabul

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

‘Hot Mic’ podcast: Democratic brand, WH Communications Director, Jared Kushner to be questioned

Here are the important stories to know for Monday, July 24

New White House communications director Scaramucci says press briefings should be on-camera

If the new White House communications director gets his way, the press briefings could soon be recorded once again.

At least 8 dead, 30 injured in locked tractor trailer outside Walmart in Texas

Authorities told press that the deaths were caused by "a human trafficking crime."

Amid new revelations, here’s what we’ve learned about the Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr.

The picture of Natalia Veselnitskaya is coming into clearer focus.

Republican Senator urges whoever leaked Russia/Sessions phone calls to release whole conversation

Sen. Chuck Grassley wants the person who leaked intelligence about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to come forward with more information.

Dozens killed in deadly car bomb attack in Kabul

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

‘Hot Mic’ podcast: Democratic brand, WH Communications Director, Jared Kushner to be questioned

Here are the important stories to know for Monday, July 24

New White House communications director Scaramucci says press briefings should be on-camera

If the new White House communications director gets his way, the press briefings could soon be recorded once again.

At least 8 dead, 30 injured in locked tractor trailer outside Walmart in Texas

Authorities told press that the deaths were caused by "a human trafficking crime."

Amid new revelations, here’s what we’ve learned about the Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr.

The picture of Natalia Veselnitskaya is coming into clearer focus.

Republican Senator urges whoever leaked Russia/Sessions phone calls to release whole conversation

Sen. Chuck Grassley wants the person who leaked intelligence about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to come forward with more information.