Tuesday 21 November 2017

Pippa O'Connor 'not worried' about plus-size backlash over new denim range

Pippa O’Connor, pictured at the launch of the Sona ‘Future Proof Your Health’ campaign
Pippa O’Connor, pictured at the launch of the Sona ‘Future Proof Your Health’ campaign
Pippa O'Connor at the Kenzo x H&M launch
Pippa O’Connor Announces Winners of Centra #LiveToday Photo Competition
Pippa O’Connor Announces Winners of Centra #LiveToday Photo Competition
Pippa O'Connor as a model in 2009
Pippa O'Connor. Photo: Leon Farrell
Brian Ormond and Pippa O'Connor. Picture: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography
Pippa O’Connor, pictured at the launch of the Sona ‘Future Proof Your Health’ campaign

Sean O'Grady

She's gearing up to launch her debut jeans range - and model Pippa O'Connor has insisted she's not worried about getting flack for not catering to plus-size women.

The Kildare woman's line of jeans, Poco, will be available in sizes 6-16. With the average woman in Ireland being a size 12-14, there will be some out there whose size is not served by the new range.

However, Pippa insisted she's not concerned about criticism she may get when the line is available.

"No, I'm not worried. You have to start somewhere and that's where I am starting," she told the Herald.

Pippa O'Connor's POCO jeans. Picture: Lili Forberg/Weekend Magazine
Pippa O'Connor's POCO jeans. Picture: Lili Forberg/Weekend Magazine

When asked if she may consider bringing out larger sizes in the future, Pippa admitted she's unsure if she will create other sizes.

"I haven't even thought that far ahead yet, I need to get it off the ground first," she said.

The mum-of-two promising a range of looks to suit every woman's sense of style.

"We are launching it on November 14 exclusively online. I can't wait.

Pippa O'Connor at the Kenzo x H&M launch
Pippa O'Connor at the Kenzo x H&M launch

"I'm nervous about it because it's Brian and mine's own venture, we're not in collaboration with anyone else. There's a variation. We have five styles, different colours, different washes. We'll start with five and see how we go," she said.

"That's what the emphasis is on, the fit. They are not at all out there, there's no big embellishment. They're very pared back, that's what I wanted.

"Jeans are my everyday uniform - it's what I wear all the time. It's something I'm very passionate about. I have gotten lots of messages from girls who are really excited to get them," she said.

Pippa led the judging panel for Centra's Ireland's Favourite Moments Showcased National Photo Competition. People shared images of their favourite moments of the day with the competition marking Centra's new brand position, Live Every Day, which encourages people to make the most of every day.

Pippa O’Connor Announces Winners of Centra #LiveToday Photo Competition
Pippa O’Connor Announces Winners of Centra #LiveToday Photo Competition

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