We can’t remember a time when we weren’t cracking up at Melissa McCarthy’s antics. She’s had us in stitches on the small screen as Suki the Chef in Gilmore Girls and at theaters playing a tough talkin’ townie detective alongside Sandra Bullock in The Heat. (And who didn’t lose it when she packed those golden retriever puppies in her getaway van in Bridesmaids?) So when we found out she’s the latest celeb to announce a casual sportswear line (the perfect juxtaposition to our Scandal business blazers and pencil skirts) for women of all sizes, we started to make room in our closets.
Known to sport bold prints and empire waists, Melissa’s red carpet style is as loud and no-holds-barred as her comedic presence. Naturally, we expect her ready-to-wear line to reflect her killer style. We’ve got our fingers crossed that her signature waist-cinching silhouettes and edgy feminine style will make it to her yet-to-be-named clothing line, which is slated to launch next fall.
As an Illinois farm girl, McCarthy would spend her grade-school weekends sprawled out with issues of Vogue and a pair of scissors and clipped patterns and fabrics to her heart’s content. “I lived vicariously through magazines. I was obsessed with Jean Paul Gaultier,” she told WWD. “I still have the scrapbooks and I’ve kept all my designs and sketches. I loved the playfulness of fashion.” (We would love to see these inspo boards.)
Melissa moved to NYC not to purse a career in comedy but to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology because of her life-long dream to become a designer. Her FIT classmate, high-end shoe designer Brian Atwood (surprise celeb BFF alert!!) was the person who ultimately encouraged McCarthy to leave FIT and hop on the stand-up stage.
McCarthy’s offerings won’t stop at clothes. Her collaboration with Gerard Guez’s Sunrise Brands includes accessories and beauty products. While the company hasn’t been named yet, Melissa and her team have plans to sell online, in a flagship store and various pop-ups in the US, Canada and England. WWD reports that McCarthy’s line will revamp Sunrise’s existing Seven7 line and offer affordable pieces. Expect to see “classic, high-end detailing, better fits and technology-driven denim fit solutions” including knit tops ranging from $39 to $79, sweaters for $79 to $99 and bottoms for $59 to $118.
We’d be down if Melissa followed up her clothing line with some fab footwear. Seriously, her shoe game is on point. (Maybe she and fellow FIT buddy Brian Atwood can launch a collab in the future?)
Which of Melissa’s signature pieces are you hoping to see in her fashion line? Tell us in the comments.