Fashion Here's Exactly How Many NYFW Designers Make Clothing for the Average American Woman By Ruthie Friedlander Ruthie Friedlander Twitter Ruthie Friedlander is a New York-based writer, editor, and founder of the At Large Agency. She is also the co-founder of The Chain, a non-profit eating disorder support system for women in fashion and entertainment. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on September 5, 2018 @ 08:00AM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Getty Images When it comes to size inclusivity in fashion, slow and steady is the name of the game. We've seen some progress, particularly in the last few seasons, but designers still seem to have trouble producing clothing to fit the majority of American women. As Racked reported in June, Plunkett Research, a company that analyzes industry trends, found that 68 percent of American women wear a size 14 or larger — but exactly how many designers are actually serving that demographic with clothing that fits them? To shed some light on where the industry stands right now with regards to size inclusivity, we surveyed every designer on the official CFDA calendar, asking designers, publicists, and retail stores what size ranges they actually produce and sell. We sent close to a hundred emails, made dozens of calls, and spent at least one day tromping around Manhattan to poke around in retail stores, all to get a sense of which brands are putting their money where their mouths are and actually creating clothing for the average Americanwoman — and which brands are falling short. Here's what we found: VIDEO: Christian Siriano's 10th Anniversary Show InStyle A few things about our survey. We only surveyed designers that could be found on the official CFDA calendar here. We only included women’s ready-to-wear brands (denim and men’s, for example, were excluded). We did not include designers that only create custom clothing or do not sell in retail (like The Blonds). Brands that answered us in European sizes were converted to US sizing using this chart. For brands that size XS-XXL, we used the following conversion: XS= 0, S=2/4, M=6/8, L=10/12, XL=14/16, XXL=18/20. This was based on the average of the designers’ conversion estimations. In the instance that a designer offers extended sizing per request but does not produce it across the majority of their products, we went with the size run they create all pieces in. Here's how the size offerings break down by brand: Up to Size 28 Christian Siriano Up to Size 26 Derek Lam Up to Size 24 Tadashi Shoji Vaquera Up to Size 22 Kith John Elliott Prabal Gurung Up to Size 20 Brandon Maxwell Marchesa Libertine LUAR Up to Size 18 Chromat Escada Up to Size 16 Brock Collection Carolina Herrera Chiara Boni la Petite Robe J. Mendel Kate Spade New York Naeem Khan Oscar de la Renta Pyer Moss Ralph Lauren Veronica Beard Up to Size 14 BOSS Jason Wu Kim Shui Mansur Gavriel Michael Kors Monse Novis Nicole Miller Pamella Roland Sally Lapointe The Row Tory Burch Yeolee Zero + Meria Cornejo Up to Size 12 3.1 Philip Lim alice + olivia Anna Sui Calvin Klein Calvin Luo Christian Cowan Christopher John Rogers Cinq a Sept Collina Strada Diane von Furstenberg Dennis Basso Eckhaus Latta Haus Alkire Hellessy Ji Won Choi Jonathan Simkhai LaQuan Smith Mara Hoffman Marina Moscone Milly PH5 Proenza Schouler rag & bone Rodarte Yuna Yang Zang Toi Up to Size 10 ADEAM Area Claudia Li Coach Dion Lee Gabriela Hearst Lela Rose Longchamp Linder Marc Jacobs Noon by Noor Opening Ceremony Self-Portrait Snow Xue Gao Tome Ulla Johnson Vivienne Tam Zimmermann Up to Size 8 A Detacher Moon Choi Romeo Hunte The numbers tell a story: the NYFW designers, who arguably set the tone for the entire industry, aren't even making products that most of us can buy. While we take pleasure in reviewing their collections, seeing the new trends, and watching designers express themselves on the runway, one has to ask: who are we doing this all for, anyway? And how do we get to a place where clothing is created for women — all women — to actually wear?