'Project Runway' Debuts Plus-Size Collection

Because beautiful comes in all sizes. With New York Fashion Week in full force, all of our favorite designers are hitting the runway with designs we can only dream of for the upcoming spring/summer season, but one particular show really stood out to us for many reasons and that’s Heidi Klum’s Project Runway show. One of New York Fashion Week’s biggest moments came from the Season 14 Finale filmed Friday, Sept. 11 where plus-size models worked the runway in fun and flirty outfits, including lace get-ups, cutout rompers, two-piece ensembles and short frocks. Judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen and Carrie Underwood cheered on the models stage-side. “I’m very proud of it. It’s a big moment for not only the runway, but New York Fashion Week,” Posen said in a statement to the Daily News. No spoilers were given regarding the designer of the new collection, but we do know 24-year-old Ashley Tipton is the first designer on the show to specialize in plus-size designs. “I feel like there’s not enough clothing out there to show our personality, and just to be comfortable and to be fashion-forward and to be a trendsetter,” Tipton told PEOPLE last month. “There are a lot of clothes out there for the straight-size woman to be able to show that, but in the plus-size industry, I don’t feel like it’s there just yet.” In just a few days the gorgeous Ashley Graham’s plus-size collection is set to hit the runway as well. On Tuesday, Sept. 15, the curvy model is set to debut her lingerie line she designed with Addition Elle, according to TIME. “Every woman in the show has a completely different shape and we wanted to show diversity of shape and ethnicity and that’s what curvy women are,” says Graham. “We are all shaped so differently, we are all different ethnicities.” We can’t wait to see how other designers will break the mold during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, which runs until Thursday, Sept. 17. [Image via Plus Model Mag]