HONORING THE PLUS PIONEERS

 

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Full Figured Fashion Week to Pay Tribute to Plus Runway Icons With Legends Showcase

NEW YORK, NY–Gwen DeVoe, Creator and Executive Producer of Full Figured Fashion Week (FFFWeek®), announced today that the annual week-long curve centric fashion and lifestyle event will be hosting a special showcase that pays homage to the plus icons that blazed trails on the catwalk.  The runway show, entitled the Legends Showcase, will take place on June 16th at 404 NYC in Manhattan.

“It’s important that we honor and showcase the women who were the trailblazers for the  curvy faces that have become household names today,” says DeVoe, who herself was a former plus model. “It is important to the history of the industry to know the names and faces of the icons who took the first steps down the catwalk and broadened the definition of beauty in fashion all those years ago.”

The “Legends” runway show will feature some of the women who paved the way for the equal modeling opportunity for the plus models of today including:

    • Emme, the first plus size supermodel
    • Sharon Quinn, former Wilhelmina model, contestant on Mo’nique’s FAT Chance
    • Lisa Scott,  former IPM model
    • Alexandra Boos, former plus model turned writer and actress
    • Chyna McGarity, former MSA model
    • Kim Baker, former Wilhelmina model now celebrity makeup artist
    • Terri Murray, plus size intimates fit model signed with Ford
    • Wyinnetka Aaron, Dorothy Coombs model

The Legends Showcase also marks the return of Lane Bryant to Full Figured Fashion Week as a sponsor after a brief hiatus.

For more information about the Legends Showcase or to purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite here.

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The Legends

 

EMPOWERING WOMEN: Broadening the Definition of Beauty in Fashion and the Media

On the heels of adding author to her list of titles with the release of her debut book, The Art of Dressing Curves, celebrity stylist Susan Moses is now adding the distinguished position of advocate to her resume with the launch of Empowering Women NYC, a platform to advocate for the equal representation of ALL women in fashion, beauty and the media. The groundbreaking organization officially launched on Monday, May 9th with the “Body Inclusivity & Diversity Summit,” held in the most fitting of locations, the United Nations.

Susan gathered over 300 of fashion, beauty and the media’s top thought leaders and influencers to openly discuss how to be “agents of change,” and how to continue to democratize the industry that has slowly began changing its antiquated standards of what is deemed beautiful at the UN’s Prestigious Delegates Dining Room.

Guests of the inaugural Empowering Women NYC luncheon were first treated to the showing of the spring capsule collection of the Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant collection which was held out on the terrace. The models for the show included the who’s who of the Curvy Girl lexicon including models Ashley Graham and Candice Huffine, bloggers GabiFresh and Nicolette Mason and Orange is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks, who served as the designer’s muse and closed the show.

Following the show, the afternoon’s epic agenda continued with the attendees listening to an eclectic mix of stellar speakers and panelists hailing from the fashion, beauty, creative and media worlds. Some of the diverse class of speakers included:

  • Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief, Glamour Magazine
  • Linda Heasley, Chief Executive Officer, Lane Bryant
  • Jill Scott, three-time Grammy Award Winning Singer, Songwriter and Actress
  • Sherri Shepherd, Comedian, Actress and Host of The View
  • Emme, the first plus supermodel, Body Positive Activist
  • Ashley Graham, Model, Designer, Body Activist
  • Mikki Taylor, Author &  Editor at Large, Essence Magazine
  • Brian Beitler, Chief Marketing Officer, Lane Bryant
  • Christian Siriano, CFDA Designer
  • Danielle Brooks, Actress and Star of Orange is the New Black and Broadway’s Color Purple

Lane Bryant served as the afternoon’s title sponsor with other notable brands including Bond NO 9, MSA Models, True Model Management, Beauty Blender, Mattel, Decade Citizen, Yandy.com (whose Chief Marketing Officer Charley Clemens was on hand to fete the launch of Empowering Women NYC), EMME, Glamour Magazine, Ashay Media and Kusmi Tea.

When asked about her vision for Empowering Women NYC, Founder Susan Moses responded, “It’s imperative that we continue to nurture the value of all women equally regardless of size, age and ethnicity in fashion, beauty and the media at large.”

For more about Empowering Women NYC, visit http://susanmoses.com/empowering-women-nyc/.

For more about the Art of Dressing Curves, visit: http://susanmoses.com/the-art-of-dressing-curves/.

ABOUT SUSAN MOSES

Susan Moses is a celebrity stylist who has styled for numerous magazines, television shows, films, and red carpet events. Her clients include Britney Spears, Queen Latifah, Brandy, Kathy Bates, Wynonna Judd, Jill Scott, and many others. She is a former stylist for Mode magazine, was named one of the “Six Plus Fashion Power Players on the Rise” in Ebony, and has appeared on HSN to help the network’s plus-size audience dress. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more information about Susan Moses, visit her website, www.susanmoses.com.

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CLIENT PRESS: FFFWeek Creator, Gwen DeVoe, Shares her thoughts on Diversity in Fashion and Beauty with theFeed.com.

WHEN BEAUTY IS NOT IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER BUT IN THE WAISTLINE

Full Figured Fashion Week ™, Founder and Executive Producer, Gwendolyn L. DeVoe recently shared her thoughts on the changing standards of beauty with theFeed.com.

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PRESS RELEASE: Luxury Curvy Brand, PLY APPAREL, to Showcase Fall/Winter 2016 Collection During New York Fashion Week

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NEW YORK, NY–  Luxury curvy brand, PLY APPAREL announced today that it will be showcasing its Fall/Winter 2016 Collection during New York Fashion Week. The runway show, entitled 2.12 The PLY Experience, featuring classic yet modern designs, will take place Friday, February 12th in the famed Johannes Vogt Gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Launched in 2013, PLY Apparel has quickly become synonymous with creating high end ready-to-wear collections. Headed by creative couple Pamela and Lamarr Nanton, the boutique brand caters to the curvaceous woman, who seeks quality construction and impeccable fit in sizes 8-22 with extended sizes available.

In addition to empowering and inspiring curvy and full figured women, PLY has a secondary mission—it is in the fight against breast cancer. Recently, Pamela celebrated 10 years of being cancer free.  She has often stated that fashion helped her live through cancer and Nanton pays it forward by having the fashion line help others survive. Each season, the creative couple donates a portion of the proceeds from the collection to continue the fight.

The invite only event will begin with a VIP cocktail reception followed by the show. Guests will be treated to the musical stylings of Johnny King (hailing for the same talented family as renowned singer Evelyn “Champagne” King) followed by the designer’s trunk show at 7pm.

For more press inquiries contact qmediapr@gmail.com. For sales inquiries, contact lnanton@plyapparel.com. To RSVP, visit http://www.plyapparel.com/rsvp.

 

ABOUT PLY APPAREL

 

PLY APPAREL was founded on the principle that all women should have access to modern, stylish clothing.  Launched in 2013 by husband and wife design team, Pamela and Lamarr Nanton, PLY provides the curvy and full-figured woman with fashion-forward, high quality fit and fabrics. The boutique brand is proud to say that both lines are MADE IN THE USA (both in New York’s famed Garment District and around the country)—ensuring great quality and the continued tradition of manufacturing in the United States. For more information about PLY or to shop the collections, visitwww.plyapparel.com

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HAPPY NEW YEAR & MORE

Happy 2016!

We here are Quintessential Media hope you had a healthy and happy holiday season.

We’ve hit the ground running with a great placement for out clients AMBER POITIER (jewelry) and Terilyn K Bridal (Plus Size Bridal) in the January issue of CURVYSTA Magazine!

Check out the new issue at http://www.curvysta.com.

Curvysta Magazine Jan 2016

PRESS RELEASE: ANN NAHARI Launches Intimates Division; Plus Supermodel Christina Mendez Annouced as the Face of the New Collection

LOS ANGELES, CAAnn Nahari (www.ann-nahari.com), the California-based luxury plus size fashion house, announced today the launch of its lingerie division under the brand name Ann Nahari Intimates. The full figured brand has teamed with famed plus model Christina Mendez as the face of the new division.

As with its ready-to-wear collection, Ann Nahari Intimates is designed by Sumiyyah Rasheed. Originally launched in 2000 under the brand name Full Figure Design, the new lingerie division is a complete revamp and rebrand of the collection for the Ann Nahari woman.  “We have upgraded the whole collection with better fit and fabrication,” says Ms. Rasheed. “The new collection reflects both sexiness and comfort with styles that are on trend.”

After testing the collection with a small market in the southern California area to rave reviews, Sumiyyah decided to roll out the lingerie collection, which was designed to complement the ready-to-wear collection for Ann Nahari, which debuted during the September edition of New York Fashion Week.

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Plus Model Christina Mendez for Ann Nahari Intimates

 

 

THE PLUS SIZE FASHION REVOLUTION CONTINUES DURING NEW YORK FASHION WEEK WITH ANN NAHARI

Ann Nahari Teams with the UnderWraps Agency for New York Fashion Week Presentation

 

NEW YORK CITY—JANUARY 3, 2013 – Los Angeles-based plus size fashion brand, Ann Nahari (www.ann-nahari.com) announced that it has enlisted the services of New York’s Underwraps Agency to cast and produce its upcoming showcase during New York Fashion Week. Slated to show on February 9th in Manhattan, this will be Ann Nahari’s first presentation in the United States.

With an established name in the global fashion community after successful showings in Dubai and Istanbul, the luxury full figured atelier is ready to launch in the American market. Teaming with the Underwraps Agency, which launched in early 2012, Ann Nahari will be only the second plus size brand to present during the famed industry semi-annual event. This collaboration continues the revolutionary mission to showcase the beauty and style of the full figured woman.

“I am excited about working with the Underwraps Agency to show during New York Fashion Week because the agency’s vision and energy blends perfectly with my company’s vision of chic, sophisticated high-end attire,” says Ann Nahari founder and head designer, Sumiyyah Rasheed.

Known for creating luxury plus size ready-to-wear and lingerie, Ann Nahari targets the curvaceous woman sizes 14-22 who seeks high quality fabrications and impeccable fit. This noteworthy event will feature top trend-driven styles that empower and inspires.

“Plus size women are beautiful and deserve to be seen as such. Why shouldn’t they have the option to buy clothing which reflects that they are beautiful, stylish and chic? There should not be a limit to their choices of clothing on the racks. On the contrary―there should be a plethora of options in every clothing shop for plus sizes, just like there are for sizes 0-12.” says Rasheed.

The Ann Nahari fashion show will take place at 6pm on Saturday, February 9th in the heart of New York’s Garment District at Studio Arte (located at 265 West 37th Street, 17th Floor).

For additional information, please visit www.ann-nahari.com and follow Sumiyyah Rasheed on Twitter at @sumiyyahr.

For press inquiries, please contact Tamara Walker at tamara@sienamediagrp.com or 347.827.1284.

ABOUT ANN NAHARI

Ann Nahari is an upscale ready-to-wear fashion and lingerie brand catering to the fuller figured woman. Created by designer, Sumiyyah Rasheed, Ann Nahari has successfully presented plus size collections overseas in markets including Dubai and Istanbul, solidifying its presence in the global fashion market. Based in Los Angeles, Ms. Rasheed takes pride in the fact Ann Nahari is “made in the USA.”

For more information, visit www.ann-nahari.com.