Torrid debuted their Spring 2018 collection for the first time at New York Fashion Week.
Although brands and designers have started including more and more models of all shapes and sizes in recent seasons, this was a big win in the fight for inclusivity. The Torrid show was the first time the plus-size brand has officially presented their collection on a runway at New York Fashion Week.
“As a brand that is committed to helping all customers find her personal style, we at Torrid feel it is important to showcase the diversity of plus offerings on the most influential stage in fashion,” says Torrid CEO, Kay Hong. “Ultimately our objective was to show great fashion combined with body positivity and inclusivity.”
The collection included a mixture of soft florals and hard leathers, a nice juxtaposition for the modern woman who wants to include all sorts of styles in her everyday life.
Fans of the brand will recognize some of the models that walked the runway, since Torrid used many of their current models for the show. Those they do not recognize might become familiar faces soon—the runway show was also the semi-final round for the top 10 finalists in the Model Search competition. The winner will become the “Face of Torrid 2018” and will gain a modeling contract with the brand, a whole new wardrobe, and throughout the year she will host store openings and events as a brand ambassador. She’ll also star in fashion campaigns, and appear on Torrid’s social media accounts.
Sara Smith, a Torrid Model Search finalist from Bay Spring, Missouri, has greatly enjoyed her time modeling. “The idea of beauty has been so singular. You must be tall, you must be thin, you must [be] perfectly perfect,” says Smith. “What’s so important to me, is for women across the world to see that while all those things are beautiful, so am I; so are all of the other girls sitting at home on their couches wearing yoga pants in a size 3X; so are all the ladies that go shopping with their friends and feel ‘different’. I am so in love with the idea of a breakthrough within the industry, where a woman that wears a 26 can tune into a livestream of Torrid’s NYFW show and see me walk that runway and think, ‘Finally a model that looks like me.’”