FASHION WEEK RECAP: Celebrating Curves with One Stop Plus

A NEW ERA IS UPON US…CURVES ARE “IN” (AGAIN). Well…at least for a little while. It seems that the fashion community is making a move to be more accepting of the curvaceous figure. Or at least that is what appears to be happening.

During New York Fashion Week, One Stop Plus, the “online fashion mall” catering to the fuller-figure, held the first ever plus size show (to actually be a part of the fashion week festivities) to rave reviews. Big deal, you may be saying to yourself. But indeed it was. A much coveted ticket, the One Stop Plus event was a much needed step in the right direction of acceptance. With the average woman in the United States wearing a size 14, it’s amazing how what is a “common size” is so stigmatized.

The standard of beauty for a very long time was something that was not a reflection of reality. What was considered beautiful was a woman who was 5’10” and a size 0/2. And one point it even seemed like a 00 was even more appealing. How many women do you know how actually fit that standard? Fashion and fashion retailers seemed to think that everyone looked like that and that was the norm. When you walked into shopping centers, all you found were clothing sizes 0 to 10 (with a 12 and a 14 (one piece each) thrown in for good measure. But one of the largest (no pun intended) untapped markets out there is the plus-size community.  Curvy girls spend millions each year on clothes—ironic when there are so few outlets that cater to their bodies. But there is hope.

I was one of an eclectic group of people to have been invited to witness this moment in fashion history. Showcasing at the Time Warner, the guest list for the event was a who’s who of the plus, fashion and entertainment communities.  Seated front row at One Stop Plus were plus size celebs Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray and Huge), Emme, the full figured supermodel, and Academy Award nominated actress, Gabourey Sidibe (Precious). Walking in the show were model faves Tocarra (America’s Next Top Model alum) and Lizzie Miller. Spotted in the crowd were stylist Steffany Bready Edwards, celeb plus model Asia Mone’t, curve-loving designer, Monif C.,  Maddie Figueroa Jones from Plus Model Magazine, Tiffany Tucker of Manik Magazine, model Fluvia Lacerda, Shante Gordon and Jamie Litt of VH1’s Money Hungry, Kim “Philli” McCarter of Skorch Magazine, the diva behind The Big Girl Blog, and more. I even ended up getting interviewed by the New York Post for a video about the show.

http://publish.vx.roo.com/nypost/viral/2010/flashembed/

Check out some of the photos and video from the event below. More pictures can be found on my Facebook page.

Shante, Emme & Jamie
Kim McCarter& Steffany Bready-Edwards
Fluvia Lacerda
Asia Mone't
Gabourey Sidibe

http://www.youtube.com/v/QPIPnsQ1W2g?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0

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One thought on “FASHION WEEK RECAP: Celebrating Curves with One Stop Plus

  1. Hi,

    I love your post! I think it’s really great that curves are now being recognised in the media/fashion industry. It’s really great to see so many women opening up and celebrating their curves, which is why i need your help!

    My name is Sophia Jenner, and I am one of the lucky 30 finalists for Star in a Bra 2011.

    Curvy Kate runs the Star in a Bra competition every year to find a new curvy, non-model girl to promote their brand for D plus size bras.

    I would really love it if you could vote for me, as I believe women should be appreciated whatever their age, shape or size. If you think I can help promote curves all over the world, then please help get me through to the final 10 girls.

    You can vote on: http://www.starinabra.com
    And if you’re interested, you can hear more about the competition on my blog: http://www.sophiajenner.wordpress.com

    Thanks so much for reading

    Lots of Love

    Sophia xxx

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