They say some things get better with age. We’d say Full Figured Fashion Week is no exception.
Plus Size Fashion Shows
Full Figured Fashion Week 2013
A now annual event, Full Figured Fashion Week (FFFWeek) spans six days in the fashion capital of New York City and attendees can enjoy plus size fashion shows, retail shopping events or panel sessions on topics from health to social media to makeup artistry. A production of DeVoe Signature Events, FFFWeek has gone from being a neat idea just a few years ago to the bona fide plus size fashion event of the year, drawing top bloggers, well-known retailers and emerging designers from all over the globe.
Of course, FFFWeek is known for its fashion shows and for many plus size fashion connoisseurs, this is the only opportunity all year to see curvy models walk the runway in plus size fashion shows. Last year’s Indie Designer showcase really stole the show with amazing presentations from hot new talents that left the big retailers looking a bit stodgy and out of touch.
This time those big retailers seemed to be catching on. Lane Bryant, Ashley Stewart, Sonsi and newcomer Evans pushed their respective envelopes a bit with more contemporary styling, edgier pieces and looks with attitude. And the newbie designers didn’t disappoint. From names we’ve seen before to names we’ve never heard of, there is so much to look forward to in plus size fashion.
Here are our favorite picks from the FFFWeek plus size fashion shows.
A fierce combination, white and black tuxedo pants topped with a sheered crop blouse, was lovely and luxe on the beautiful Liris Crosse. But our favorite? A richly quilted black moto jacket with studded belt and clutch was phenomenally mod. While there may have been an over-use of animal prints in the overall presentation, this jacket pairing with cheetah print ankle crops and nude pumps was brilliantly sophisticated. These looks felt more Balenciaga than boring, thus the audience cheers.
One of our favorite discoveries this year is Tru Diva Designs, showing a series of finely constructed separates with a squarely uptown feel. We love the cream and khaki vest, structured coat and jacquard impression pantsuits that remind us of Valentino. And we love that you could throw on Manolo mary-janes or Frye biker boots and achieve totally different super cool looks.
Dean of Fashion
The Memphis boutique showed an array of interesting looks, including a cheery yellow and white chevron striped hi/lo dress and a dreamy white jersey pantsuit very Stella McCartney reminiscent. Top honors go to a white, gold and silver embellished Balmain inspired body con dress and a vintage lover’s dream Victorian style red coat with dramatic back ruffles. Swoon.
After a debut at the 2012 FFFWeek, Khmer’s line has matured in style, fabrication and presentation. The designer’s love of long, sheer maxi skirting remains but is re-invigorated as peek-a-boo overlay to structured geometric dresses in red, black and white, to a Mondrian effect. A black sequined crop top over flowing print skirt is complimented with punchy red driving gloves. There’s a definite edge to this sweetly sophisticated designer that reminds us of Alice + Olivia, Vivienne Westwood or Betsey Johnson.
Again, not sure why the big retailers use so much animal print. But we did like the combination of a cheetah blazer with a Versace-inspired scarf print mini dress and the same print peg pants with a smart burgundy cropped jacket. A gold and black sequined illusion stripe dress with sheer over coat was a swanky nod to the current re-obsession with all things flapper and Gatsby. We could see mixing this dress with that Ashley Stewart moto for a more casual take.
A newcomer out of Fiji, this design team has a really unique take on plus size fashion. Slightly vintage, slightly bohemian and slightly globe-trekking, we like the easy-going feel of these decidedly not casual separates. A navy sequin top and skirt could be separated to shine up other pieces. Maroon brocaded bermudas with clever vintage button effect could work at the office, the club or a cocktail party. And a striking floor-length red gypsy skirt with a gilded hemline is the kind of countryside peasant luxe you could image on a Dolce and Gabbana runway. Looking forward to more from this clever brand.
Modern. African. Chic. Exactly. Designer Serwah Asante’s tag line is perfectly suited to the kinds of looks she produced. The luxuriously dense prints combined with sexy, structured silhouettes for a thoroughly unique look. An architecturally peplumed top and pencil skirt somehow worked together though crafted from various vibrant patterns. A girlish party dress with a stiff tulle underskirt managed to feel grown up despite the hot pink color. And the finale gown’s layers of tangerine ruffles was a divine ending to a surgically tapestried bandeau top. We love how this 2013 Designer of the Year weaves culture with couture.
Sources / Photo Credits:
All photos taken live during Full Figured Fashion Week 2013. Designs are copyrights of the designers at www.rue114.com, www.huudaverti.com, TruDiva Designs, www.ashleystewart.com and www.youthearykhmer.com