Candice Huffine Gives Her Best Advice for Holiday Dressing

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This holiday season, size-inclusive luxury e-commerce platform 11 Honoré finds a home at The Curated concept store in midtown Manhattan. To kick off the month-long pop-in, models and advocates for size inclusivity including CR girl Candice Huffine, Marquita Pring, Georgina Burke, and Emme, as well as 11 Honoré’s fashion director Jessica Raiter stopped by the shop to celebrate.

With numerous holiday parties on the agenda, it’s easy to get fatigued over what to wear. CR caught up with Huffine, who was wearing a navy blue, wide-leg jumpsuit by Christian Siriano, to learn about her best approach to holiday dressing.

“I think that we also fall into a holiday dress, or party dress situation,” she tells CR. “Like ‘party’ and ‘dress’ have always been sort of synonymously put together, when, hello, I’m having the best party right now and I’m in pants. So I would just say expand your horizons and try new things.”

Designer labels featured on 11 Honoré, including Siriano, Prabal Gurung, Sally LaPointe, and Zac Posen, among others will be available to shop in sizes 12 to 24, offering a personalized shopping experience for customers who often feel alienated by luxury retailers stores that only offer up to a size 12. In-store guests are also able to custom order pieces from designer collections on 11 Honoré, like those of Siriano, who is the founder of The Curated.

Founded in August 2017 by Patrick Herning, 11 Honoré began with 15 designer partnerships and has since expanded to nearly 80 labels across luxury, ready-to-wear, lingerie, and accessories categories available to shop this fall. The site, as well as the designer collaborators, are committed to offering an underserved market of women the same quality of luxury styles available to the standard consumer. This means that many of the clothes included are the same ones seen on the runway of the ready-to-wear collections of the participating designers, created in extended sizes with the help of 11 Honoré’s resources of fit technology, pattern-makers, graders and fit models.

For Huffine, the holidays are the time to have fun and experiment with more daring, ostentatious looks. “Don’t ever worry about being the most overdressed,” she says. “It’s OK, it’s the season for that. If you want to wear sparkles if you want to wear fringe, go for it, obviously this season calls for that.”

Choosing Siriano’s treasure box of fashionable finds as its temporary home was a natural fit for the retailer, since the fashion designer has consistently carried extended sizes throughout his career and has hosted other size inclusive brands in the store such as Universal Standard. Huffine also considers Siriano a dear friend and testified to his steadfast advocacy for size inclusivity in the industry.

“He really is committed to being a pioneer of diversifying what fashion looks like, and you can feel it’s in his bones,” Huffine says. “He does it for no other reason other than he really believes in it and he wants to, and this is how he sees us. He sees beauty in all women.”

Like Siriano, more and more designers are beginning to see this beauty in all sizes, and 11 Honoré is here to make them accessible to curvy women who love fashion. Raiter told CR that the most common feedback they’ve received about extended sizing from customers and people in the industry is, “finally!” Huffine echoed that sentiment, underscoring the importance of clothes for women of all sizes.

“It’s not really an everyday occurrence that you can shop designers in your size in a store,” she says. “You don’t just have to be online, so it’s really special.”

11 Honoré’s pop in at The Curated, 5 W. 54th St., is open now through December 30.

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