For the past year or so, there's been a buzz about actress and comedian Melissa McCarthy's new clothing line. The details are sketchy, but the casual sportswear line will launch in August, so I dug around to see what I could find out about it.
Named Melissa McCarthy Seven7, the fun, comfortable designs are reported to be available in sizes 4 to 28. I'm not sure why everyone is calling it a "plus-size" line. I think that calling it an "every-woman line" is way more accurate, modern and cool, but that's just my opinion.
At this time, it's being reported by People Magazine (people.com) that the affordable line will be available at Macy's, Lane Bryant, HSN and on her site,melissamccarthy.com. Prices are reported to range from $59 to $159.
McCarthy teamed up with Gerard Guez's Sunrise Brands, who also creates other brands like Seven7 Jeans and actress Eva Longoria's fashion brand, to create her line, which is supposed to include accessories and beauty products.
The brand is launching on the heels of the release of her hit summer action film, "Spy." According to a recent interview with People Magazine, the 44-year-old McCarthy says that she's having the time of her life and that she created the line in order to empower women, to build a better closet for herself, to address those clothing issues that have bugged her, to provide sleeves and pockets to those of us who embrace them and "because women do not stop at size 12," McCarthy said. "I'm trying to give women a closet that gives them some variety."
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She also says that she is inspired by what she enjoys wearing. "You look much better when you're comfy."
McCarthy said that she's always had an interest in fashion. She quit New York's Fashion Institute of Technology to become a stand-up comic. While that was a great move, the mother of two girls now has the chance to make waves in her other passion, fashion.
She has said in several interviews since the 2012 Oscars, that the idea to design her own line stemmed from the disappointing treatment she received after being nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Bridesmaids." She said that five or six high-end designers refused to dress her because of her size or because they didn't want their name associated with her body type. The "Mike and Molly" star even had to wear a dress from her own closet for the Emmy Awards a few of years ago.
McCarthy also has been quoted in several recent stories discussing her distaste for the way stores segregate the plus-size department. "It's an odd thing that you can't go shopping with your friends because your store is upstairs hidden by the tire section. 'We'll put you gals over there because we don't want to see you and you probably don't want to be seen.'"
McCarthy isn't the first celebrity to dive into the extended-sizes pool. Actress Rebel Wilson is reported to be launching a limited-edition line for Torrid, an edgy, modern plus-size retailer, in November. Australian plus-size super model Robyn Lawley has a swimwear line and singer, actress Jessica Simpson has been successfully designing affordable clothing for women sizes 0 to 28, as well as popular shoes and accessories, for a few years now.
On recent red carpets, it's easy to see a new confidence in McCarthy. Reportedly, she has lost 50 pounds through a healthy diet and lifestyle and is wearing her own fabulous creations.
For a sneak peak at some of her sportswear, The Daily Mail published some of McCarthy's Instagram photos. So far, I like what I see.
There is beauty in all of us and it's fresh to see that designers and retailers are opening up to women of all sizes. Acceptance is half the battle, making beautiful clothes for everyone is the other half.
With creative designers such as Melissa McCarthy, we should be seeing better fashion options for all women in the months to come.
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