Since 2009, plus size women, fashionistas and supporters have gathered in New York City for Full Figured Fashion Week. What started out as three small events and one large runway show has grown to heights that no one could’ve predicted. 2015 marks the 7th year of the monumental event and in my opinion, the largest one I’ve seen so far. This year there were over 20 events including 4 fashion shows and a ton of educational workshops. Although I didn’t arrive in NYC until Thursday evening, I made it just in time to see witness the fabulousness that is the Retailer/Boutique Showcase.
Keep scrolling to see some of the highlights from the June 20th event held at the Broadstreet Ballroom and get to know the designers that commanded our attention.
The Hal Rubenstein Collection
Hal Rubenstein has built his career around being a respected voice in the fashion industry. First, as one of the founding editors of InStyle Magazine, followed by the launch of his HSN collection in September 2013. Given his background in fashion it was only natural for him to bring his distinctive style to the runway of Full Figured Fashion Week.
Although brief, Rubenstein’s showing at FFFWeek’s Retailer/Boutique Showcase on Saturday, June 20, 2015 was filled with classic silhouette’s, timeless colors with ladylike appeal. To view everything that Hal Rubenstein has to offer, visit HSN.com.
The Marla Wynne Collection
Clean, crisp and ready to wear….right now!
Created by former Television Producer Marla Wynne Ginsburg, the MarlaWynne collection, was inspired by her 20 years of living and working in Paris with some of the best stylists and costume designers in the world and by the way French women of any and every age seem to magically achieve a very personal and enduring sense of style.
The Marla Wynne Collection was a welcomed addition to the Full Figured Fashion Week line up. Models stepped onto the runway wearing visions of corals, shades of browns and plus size fashion that I could easily see myself wearing to work on a daily basis. To view everything that Marla Wynne has to offer, visit MarlaWynne.com.
If you’re a fan of rich, bold colors in beautiful fabrics, then you will love the “Manisha” collection presented by Qurvii. Qurvii was started to address the needs of the large but underserved Women’s Plus Size clothing market. Using quality fabrics, vibrant colors and silhouettes that help curvy women hide the curves they want to while flaunting the ones they want to show off, Qurvii is encouraging women to “Celebrate their Curves”. To view everything that Qurvii has to offer, visit Qurvii.com.
FullBeauty.com is no stranger to making plus size women look and feel beautiful. Earlier this year, they transitioned from OneStopPlus and they haven’t looked back. During FFFWeek 2015, the online retailer showcased figure flattering fashion that’s easy to wear and affordable. To view everything that Full Beauty has to offer, visit Fullbeauty.com.
Curve Culture is one boutique that we will not forget. From curve hugging dresses, to jumpsuits with flair, this Chicago, Illinois based boutique put the “TUDE” in attitude. Their mottos is “Where curves are appreciated and accentuated.” Curve Culture offers trendy clothing for curvy Fashionistas sizes 12-20 while promoting confidence and self love through the clothing that we sell. To view everything that Curve Culture has to offer, visit Curvecultureboutique.com.
Christopher & Banks | CJ Banks
Although I’ve heard of Christopher & Banks | CJ Banks, I can admit that I wasn’t familiar with their plus size offerings. Apparently, this Minneapolis based company specializes in women’s apparel and under their CJ Banks label they cater to plus-size women by offering sizes 14W to 32W. Their collection was filled with staples that every women should have in her wardrobe. To view everything that CJ Banks has to offer, Christopherandbanks.com.
Sydney’s Closet is synonymous with all things plus size formal. When plus size women and teens are in search of the perfect evening dress, wedding gown or a festive dress to wear to prom, they turn to Sydney’s Closet. For their 2015 showing during FFFWeek’s Retailer/Boutique Showcase, the plus size retailer of the year gave us more reason to fall in love with them. Beautiful dresses in stunning colors met spectators on the runway followed by oohs and aahs. The result was magical. To view everything that Sydney’s Closet has to offer, visit Sydneyscloset.com.
To read more about Full Figured Fashion Week and the featured designers, visit FFFWeek.com/designer.