The show was a Burlesque curvy stream of beautiful women wearing designs that “skinny” women would want to wear. The Brown Sugar collection which includes silk halter tops and curve hugging dresses were a crowd favorite. The guests were also given a peak into next years Spring/Summer collection. Beautifully cut dresses in vibrant colors ended the showcase with a SEXY bang! Monif C thanked a room full of supporters and most importantly expressed her passion behind her designs.
Event sponsored by Spanx
Fashion Week ended with a Fashion Show Extravaganza presented by President and Ceo of Devoe Signature Events; Gwen Devoe, Plitzs Fashion Marketing and Neil Pearl. The event showcased 14 hot designers which cater to the voluptuous woman.
The winner of Monique’s Fat Chance, Joanne Burgella and runner up Sharon Quinn were among the participating models as well as the newest face for Ashley Stewart’s Great Woman of Style campaign Mia Amber Davis.
There were no apologies for having curves at this event! Models ranging from size 12 to 22 wore classic designs made to flatter their curves. Leather ponchos, sequined evening dresses and even “punk” styles in a full array of colors were presented. In house from California were Jessica Svoboda and new San Francisco store owner and private label designs, Dulce. The event also included Houston’s darling, who has been selling thru neimanmarcus.com for the past few seasons, Gayla Bentley. And of course the London designer Anna Scholz, who’s clothes range from size 2 thru 24, offered major style and design appeal. The newest talent hits from NYC were Darren Trentacosta and original leather and suede couture specialty pieces from Robert E. Knight.
As the guests shouted words of encouragement, the models strutted and roller skated (Yes! Big girls can roller skate) down the runway and gave the guests an exciting show. “This show inspires me about the future of the plus-size industry” said Catherine Schuller. “I have never experienced a vibe like this,” said a group of five plus-size women that were brought by a co-worker. The appeal of the show was more than showing these magnificent designs, it was watching them come down the runway on confident “real” curvy women. A well deserved standing ovation ended the event as this fashion show and exhibitors evening was brought to a close.
There was great fashion, thumping music and after parties we will be speaking of for years to come, but most importantly the Plus-Size Community made a mark and changed Fashion Week in NYC 2005.
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