Melissa McCarthy’s action-comedy “Spy” topped the box office last weekend with $29.1 million in sales, but the 44-year-old star is just as excited about the impending launch of her own fashion line. The line will reach the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and its very own online site this August.
You look much better when you're comfy,” McCarthy told People in this week’s cover story. "From grade school until age 20, I had one thought in my head, which was doing women's clothing. To get to come back to it, is kind of crazy. It's pretty dreamy."
The actress has appeared in comedy films such as “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” “Tammy” and “Identity Theft.” Her latest film, “Spy,” an action flick written by Paul Feig, puts her in a new kind of role – as the heroine. McCarthy, who is often seen on the red carpet wearing her own designs, wants to apply that same sense of adventure to her fashion line.
“I think women want to be able to dress for their mood,” McCarthy told Women’s Wear Daily in March. “My pieces mix and match, because some days we want to be rock 'n' roll and some days we want to be more polished. I love that I’ll be able to chat with other women about fashion and see how they’re wearing my clothes.”
The Illinois-born farm girl thinks women who wear plus sizes should have access to stylish clothing like everyone else does.
"People don’t stop at size 12. I feel like there’s a big thing missing where you can’t dress to your mood above a certain number. Malls segregate plus-size," McCarthy told More magazine in May. "It’s an odd thing that you can’t go shopping with your friends because your store is upstairs hidden by the tire section. 'We’ll put you gals over there because we don’t want to see you and you probably don’t want to be seen.'"
McCarthy’s lin, called Melissa McCarthy Seven7,will be manufactured by Sunrise Brands and designed by the actress. McCarthy will manage the line herself with Gerard Guez, CEO of Sunrise Brands. The clothing line's site will also have articles of clothing from McCarthy’s high-end collection, but those styles won’t reach stores until fall 2016.