Lena Dunham has designed a plus size clothing collection for 11 Honoré, and says she hopes women who buy some of it will feel ’empowered’ when they wear it.
The 34-year-old Girls maker announced her 11 Honoré x Lena Dunham capsule collection this week, which includes five pieces ranging from a $ 98 tank top to a $ 298 blazer, all in sizes 12 to 26.
While several items appear to be sold out in a few sizes already, news of the actress and writer turning to clothing design has received mixed reactions on Twitter, with some – like Meghan McCain of The View – sharing excitement and others wondering what to consider coming. her to design a clothing collection.
New duds: Lena Dunham has designed a plus size clothing collection for 11 Honoré, saying she hopes women who buy some of them feel ’empowered’ when they wear it
Reach: The 34-year-old Girls maker announced her 11 Honoré x Lena Dunham capsule collection this week, which includes five pieces ranging from a $ 98 tank top to a $ 298 blazer.
Speak against Fashion, Lena said she’s always been curvy, but as she’s gotten older, she’s become even more aware of a gap in the market when it comes to larger sizes.
“I’ve always been a round-bodied person,” she said. “Sometimes it seems like the people who make plus size clothes think that women want to disappear – that because our bodies are curved, we no longer want to be seen, and that’s just not true.”
Lena noted that there have actually been plenty of designers who love to dress her, including Christian Siriano and Christopher Kane, but that the fashion industry as a whole is not particularly welcoming to different sizes.
“Fashion isn’t an industry that embraces round bodies, but there are plenty of people in the industry who have seen me as someone they might want to dress, which was an enlightening experience,” she said.
“I’ve been the butt of quite a few jokes because of the shape and size of my body,” she added, but “those comments come more from the media outside of fashion than within fashion itself.”
However, the fashion industry is slowly changing, with brands like 11 Honoré – one of Lena’s favorites – embracing bespoke inclusivity.
“ Sometimes it seems like the people who make plus size clothes think that women want to disappear – that because our bodies are curved, we no longer want to be seen, and that’s just not true, ” she said
“ We don’t stop loving clothes or having a unique style just because the world de-sexualizes and dehumanizes plus bodies, ” she said of plus-size women.
‘What I find is that companies think we want to dress like we’re going to the club or like we’re grandmas, and [founder Patrick Herning] understand that there are as many fashion-loving plus women as women with a straight size, ”she told the Daily front row
“We don’t stop loving clothes or having a unique style just because the world plus de-sexualizes and dehumanizes bodies.”
For this capsule collection, Lena was inspired by the idea of a busy New York City woman in the late 80’s to early 90’s.
She turned to that aesthetic for a $ 138 skirt and a $ 129 collared shirt, as well as the $ 268 Madderlake dress, for which her father, artist Carroll Dunham, designed the print.
Lena said she loves a vintage look, but vintage shopping can be very difficult as fashion often didn’t come in plus sizes over the decades.
With 11 Honoré x Lena Dunham, she wanted to make vintage looks accessible while also making sure they fit: the brand made sure everything was cut just right so women would feel ‘not pulling or pulling’ when wearing it .
Style: With 11 Honoré x Lena Dunham, she wanted to make vintage looks accessible while also making sure they fit
Vintage: For this capsule collection, Lena was inspired by the idea of a busy woman in New York City in the late 80s to early 90s. All pieces range from size 12 to 26
In the family: her father, artist Carroll Dunham, designed the print for this Madderlake dress
“ I know what it’s like to go to a photo shoot or red carpet in size 4 or 6 and be able to wear any designer and be a size 16 and have my options much more limited, ” she said
‘I know what it’s like to go to a photo shoot or red carpet as a size 4 or 6 and be able to wear any designer and be a size 16 and have my options much more limited. Even with the magic of a Hollywood stylist at your fingertips! she told the Daily Front Row.
“Patrick and I don’t want a woman to feel that way. We want every woman to have access to clothing that reflects her inherent self-esteem. These clothes do that for me. ‘
Speak to the The New York Times, Lena added: ‘There is so much judgment about bigger bodies and I think one of those judgments is that bigger women are dumber.
‘They eat too much and don’t know how to stop. Skinny women must have discernment and be able to use their willpower. Larger women must be limited in their understanding of the world, and they continue to do things that are bad for them.
‘The number of people who wrote to me on my page,’ You promote obesity. Do you not understand that you are committing suicide? Are you stupid? Why do you do that? ‘
The yays: The View’s Meghan McCain said she was enthusiastic about the collection, while others praised it as well
Power: Instagram comments from Rita Wilson, Margaret Qualley, Debra Messing, Harley Quinn Smith, Selma Blair, Kathy Najimy and Zooey Deschanel
Since news of Lena’s collection hit social media, it has elicited a string of responses, with congratulations on Instagram from Rita Wilson, model Margaret Qualley, Debra Messing, Harley Quinn Smith, Selma Blair and Kathy Najimy.
Zooey Deschanel wrote that images of Lena modeling the collection were ‘so beautiful’ while Jewel wrote that she loves the clothes
Meghan McCain of The View wrote: ‘@ 11Honore is one of my favorites and my go-to for so many of my pieces. I am very excited about this new clothing line @lenadunham! ‘
“ Lena Dunham making a plus size clothing line that’s really cool is exactly the energy I’m looking for in 2021, ” tweeted another.
Some items also seem to be sold out in different sizes on the brand’s website.
But others are not impressed, they call the collection ‘basic’ and say it is too expensive.
‘That clothing line is a joke. They are super basic things that already come in plus sizes – really, an oversized blazer and oversized tunic? – and for much, much cheaper. Most plus size women are poor, but let’s sell a basic white tank top for $ 98, ‘one wrote.
“Damn it not to be rude, but these don’t look good,” said another.
The no: Many are unimpressed, calling the collection ‘basic’ and saying it’s overpriced, wondering why she has a line at all
“The average person can’t afford those clothes, so it seems she makes them for the privileged few. Shocking, ‘wrote another.
And some are outraged that she designed the collection in the first place.
“Lena Dunham is living proof of how many opportunities you have to jump back when you are white, rich and connected,” wrote one.
‘Literally an insult to Lena Dunham, you are one of the least fashionable people I’ve ever seen, why would I want your clothing line,’ tweeted another.
“White mediocrity persistent is that Lena Dunham gets a clothing line if no one wants to dress like that,” said a third.
Another added: ‘For good reason, but Lena Dunham is consistently one of the worst dressed people on the red carpet, and I trust her exactly zero to design cute clothes. call me when octavia spencer or chrissy metz gets a line. ‘