Selfridges has been accused of alienating larger sized customers after it dropped the plus-size Marina Rinaldi brand, which runs from a size 14-26, which means it now only carries collections up to a size 18.
A report in The Daily Mail newspaper alleged that the department store was neglecting larger women seeking fashion clothing.
Anita Barr, director of womenswear at Selfridges, said that the decision to drop the collection was a direct reflection of the “constant updating” that the retailer undertakes to ensure that it has the right mix for its customers.
“At present customers can find sizes up to a UK 18 in store,” she said.
The move to cap dress sizes at 18 puts Selfridges in the same camp as a number of young fashion high street retailers including Kookai, Jane Norman, French Connection and Topshop.