Plus-Size Collaboration Between Miaou and Paloma Took Careful Planning to Succeed

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Alexia Elkaim and Paloma Elsesser are living evidence that working together with your dearest friend can have a fantastic result. Self-pronounced best pals since tenth grade, the two have upheld each other as Elkaim started the lively, girly label Miaou and Paloma became a supermodel.

They began an endeavor together on Miaou’s first 54-piece expanded size assortment, introducing the fan-favorite bodices and skirts in sizes going from XS to a 4X.

“This isn’t even where it stops; this is just the bandwidth currently that the brand has,” says Elsesser. “It’s also a way to make a remark to brands that have way more resources to show that you can do this.” 

Starting as a denim maker label, Miaou has since become renowned for curve-hugging going out tops and outstanding non-constricting corsets. Elsesser has worn Miaou’s clothing; in any case, she felt like she was being given special treatment.

“My size was provided, but the community I represent was not,” she states. 

The timing was ideal for the pair to wander into this collection and the endeavor of, for the most part growing Miaou’s sizing, starting with the core items.

“Any brand I attach my name to needs to also provide for more women that I represent,” according to Elsesser. 

The Los Angeles-based and New York-reproduced duo worked with two fit models – one who wore a size 16 and the other wearing a size 18 – to make the measuring precise. Elsesser’s own experience likewise supported a couple of plan components, as seen in a partly backless top to enable the person wearing it to have underpinnings yet still show some skin. 

“I was like, ‘I need to wear a bra every day.’ These things need to be considered,” Elsesser states. “I really value Alexia listening to these needs.” 

The pieces needed to be easy for the two, a word not typically attached to shapewear.

“Ease can be a corset, ease can be sweatpants, but it’s the way you can participate in the world and feel at ease in this moment,” she adds. “The community that I care about so deeply is not only deserving of ease but desperate of it. It’s not fair, and it feels like a denial of a certain level of humanity that everyone deserves.” 

It took 25 fittings and ongoing assessments from the models, Elsesser, and the Miaou team – which, as indicated by Elkaim, have bigger bodies – to finish and settle the fit.

“The collection itself is such a smoothie of Alexia and I’s personalities,” Elsesser continues. “Alexia is very light, playful, and I operate from a more critical lens when it comes to clothes and images.” 

Alexia somewhat talks as opposed to Elsesser’s assertion; she is more “mature and sophisticated.” 

Elsesser responds, “I’m more serious, and she’s more light. I’m a burgundy and a forest green; she’s a beige and a pink.” 

The assortment highlights intense prints inspired by interior design, including a tangerine-toned toile and a theoretical blue and white print featuring faintly seen Baroque architectural components.

In an explicitly amazing photograph, Elsesser wears the orange corset with a blue skirt and whirls. That blend alone is not quite the same as the standard Miaou name, as Elkaim favors matching outfits as opposed to a strong example.

“I feel really grateful that she trusted me,” she says, adding it was as smooth as the clothes they created. 

“It was not difficult to relinquish control because there’s so much trust in her vision,” she adds.


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