INSIDE SOUTH FLORIDA’S CHAMBERS OF STYLE

Fashion &  Marketing Duo Launch New Tastemaker Event Series; Kick Off Promotions With Radio Show Partnership on 880 The Biz

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MIAMI, FL– June 6th, 2016– What do you get when you marry the cutting edge style and influence of New York with the sexiness and thriving nightlife of Miami? Enter South Florida’s newest event series, Style Chambers. Co-created by Florida-based marketing expert, Tresa Chambers and New York-based fashion stylist, Styles Lewis, Style Chambers produces events that bring together fashion, art and culture tastemakers and influencers from the region.

“It’s exciting to create opportunities to bring emerging entrepreneurs in the creative economy together with their markets in South Florida,” said Chambers. “From here, they have the chance to gain visibility nationally and internationally.”

“South Florida, particularly the Miami area, is full of talented creatives.” said Styles Lewis.”Teaming with Tresa to create Style Chambers allows me to help showcase these individuals in a way that is done in places like New York and gives these professionals a global platform to shine on.”

Launched earlier this spring, Style Chambers will host their Miami event in August. In advance of the  debut, Style Chambers has partnered with AM 880, The Biz (Bloomberg Radio) to launch a new radio program, Fashion Friday: The Business of Style. The show features creative professionals in fashion, the arts and culture who will discuss their experiences starting and growing their business, finding their markets and ways they contribute to the style and culture of Miami, the country and the world.   

Under the the guidance of well known producer, Wanda Myles (NPR/WLRN), Style Chambers has already put together a great line of guests for the show. The premier episode aired Friday, May 27 at 7:00 pm. Rebroadcasts will be available on the station’s website at www.880thebiz, via iHeart Radio or the Style Chambers’ Facebook page.

Creative  entrepreneurs interested in being featured on Fashion Friday should contact Style Chambers at Stylechambers.biz@gmail.com.

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ABOUT STYLE CHAMBERS

Style Chambers produces live events, broadcast and digital content that reaches affluent taste makers passionate about fashion, art and culture. For more information about Style Chambers, visit www.stylechambers.biz.

 

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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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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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CELEBRATING CARIBBEAN WOMEN IN DESIGN

 

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Caribbean POSH Magazine Adds Fashion Showcase to Inaugural Empowerment Event

Caribbean POSH Magazine just announced a surprise addition to this weekend’s agenda for the first annual Caribbean POSHGirl Power Brunch: BVI which is set to take place on Scrub Island in the British Virgin Islands.

In conjunction with Sabelle Boutique, one of the sponsors for the inaugural event, Caribbean POSH Magazine will host a fashion show highlighting some of the talented women designers that the region has to offer. Attendees to the POSHGirl Power Brunch will get an exclusive look at the newest collections from:

  • Trefle Designs, a Tortola (BVI) based swimwear brand by Kristen Fraser that has been seen on many a celebrity including Chrisette Michelle and Beyoncé
  • Fiona Compton, award winning Lucian designer, photographer and artist, Fiona Compton to reveal her new signature line.
  • Menen I Designs, an emerging ready-to-wear women’s line based in the British Virgin Islands by Markita Turnbull-Smith
  • Meiling, the world famous fashion brand by Trinidadian, Meiling Esau known for dressing high profile personalities including former Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliams and Wolfgang Puck as well as her participation (alongside award winning costume designer Peter Minchall) in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Atlantic Olympics

 

Fiona Compton, who is also be a panelist at this year’s Power Brunch, has teamed with Caribbean POSH to auction of one of the pieces from the Paradise Prints collection of which the proceeds will benefit the Family Support Network, a non-profit whose mission is to help those affected by domestic violence in the British Virgin Islands—continuing the overall mission of the event of supporting women in the community.

The Caribbean POSHGirl Power Brunch: BVI looks to grow and host events in various destinations. For more information about this event or to purchase tickets, visit www.caribbeanposh.com/powerbrunch.

 

 

 

FIT FOR ME by FRUIT OF THE LOOM RETURNS AS PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR FULL FIGURED FASHION WEEK (FFFWEEK®) 2016

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NEW YORK, NY—MARCH 28, 2016Gwendolyn DeVoe, the Creator and Executive Producer of Full Figured Fashion Week (FFFWeek®), announced that Fit for Me by Fruit of the Loom is returning as the presenting sponsor for the 2016 edition of the plus centric fashion event taking place this June in New York City. This marks the brand’s second year in this marques role.

“We are happy that Fit for Me has agreed to partner with us again this year,” says Ms. DeVoe. “As our presenting sponsor, we believe their brand matches perfectly with our event because of their overall mission of providing quality, great fitting products that empower women from the inside out.”

As the returning sponsor, Fit for Me will showcase the latest prints, patterns and colors from the line during the retailers’ fashion showcase. Also, along with celebrity stylist and spokesperson Denise Caldwell, the brand will delight media and event attendees with focused events throughout the week focused on sharing expert advice on how “a great look starts with a great foundation” and embracing your curves while doing so.

Fruit of the Loom is thrilled to be a part of Full Figured Fashion Week for the second year in a row,” said Karen Kendrick, VP Brand Communications & Creative Services. “Together with the Full Figured Fashion Week team, Fit for Me hopes to empower women to celebrate their curves by providing them a variety of silhouettes designed exclusively with them in mind.”

Launched in 2009, FFFWeek® has grown from what was then a bold step to support the plus size fashion movement to what is now a revolutionary weeklong event with over 100 partners including sponsors designers, retailers, bloggers, small businesses and other industry professionals from across the country and around the world. Full Figured Fashion Week features a full schedule of events including of fashion shows, networking events, business development workshops, concerts and more – all catering to the plus community.  FFFWeek® 2016 runs from June 12th through the 18th.

For more information on Full Figured Fashion Week and the full schedule of events for this season, please visit the website atwww.fffweek.com.
ABOUT FULL FIGURED FASHION WEEK®
Full Figured Fashion Week (FFFWeek®) is produced by DeVoe Signature Events (DSE), a boutique events management company with an extensive background in the production of fashion-related events and a strong and effective mix of proven plus industry experience and success. With over 20 years of fashion event production in the plus size industry, Full Figured Fashion Week and DSE continue to receive accolades throughout the plus community and national and international media coverage of the event. For more information on Full Figured Fashion Week, visit http://www.fffweek.com.

ABOUT FRUIT OF THE LOOM

Fruit of the Loom knows the power of positive underwear. That’s why we’ve been helping families pull on a daily pick-me-up for over 160 years. We make colorful, smile-inducing, clothes with fits that won’t quit. And we’re wallet-friendly too. From hipsters to hoodies, boxers to bras, and sleepwear to socks, our clothes are made so you can grab the world by the waistband and start your day happy. For more information on Fruit of the Loom, visit http://www.fruit.com.

 

 

EVENT: FASHION WORKSHOP- LEARN ABOUT CULTURE & DIVERSITY THROUGH FASHION

 

 

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Style Maven, Nailah Lymus, To Lead Workshop at Children’s Museum of Manhattan As Part of New Exhibit on Muslim Culture

Visitors to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s newest exhibit, “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far”, are in for a special treat this weekend. As part of the exhibition that opened last month designed to introduce children and their families to the diverse Muslim communities around the world and right here in New York, kids ages 5 and older will get to participate in two hands-on workshops where they will get to create a unique design and style a new look using paper models, fabric and gems with Brooklyn based fashion maven, Nailah Lymus. Children will explore different designs of head coverings called hijabs (head wraps and scarves worn by women) and kufis (brimless round caps worn by men) and learn about folding and draping fabrics. Nailah will walk the children through the basic design process and share her experiences as a Muslim fashion designer and entrepreneur.

Nailah Lymus, a well know fashion designer and stylist whose work has been seen on the runways ofNew York Fashion Week and Jakarta International Fashion Week as well as in the pages of such top tier publications as Elle Brazil and Time Magazine, launched Underwraps, the first Muslim and Modest modeling agency in 2011. Lymus’ fashion talents and Islamic cultural background were tapped by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for the American Home area of the exhibition where several hijabs she styled are on display. The America to Zanzibar exhibit will run through February 2017.

The workshops will take place on Sunday, March 20th. The workshops are included with museum admission. Visitors can sign up to participate upon arrival. For more information, visitwww.cmom.org/visit/calendar.

DATE:                        Sunday, March 20th, 2016

TIME:                         2:00pm and 3:00pm

VENUE:                     Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W 83rd Street, New York, NY

ADMISSION:          12 for adults and children over 12 months of age.

CELEBRATING THE FULL SPECTRUM OF BEAUTY

Famed Photographer, Jose Pagan, to  Be a Part of Women’s History Month Showcase at Brooklyn’s Kalahari Gallery

 

New York fine art and fashion photographer, Jose Pagan, recently announced his inclusion in the upcoming BeautiFULL Spectrum exhibition at the Kalahari Gallery in Brooklyn. The exhibit, a selection of blacklight work showcasing the female form, goes on display in honor of Women’s History Month. The open reception takes place on March 18th.

A product of the cultural richness and vast talent that New York is known for, Jose Pagan has been garnering a great deal of attention in today’s market for his work as an artist and as a fashion photographer.  This month has been rather busy for Jose with a successful run of his Charkralicious exhibit in Harlem and sponsoring the photography for the runway debut of luxury plus designer, PLY Apparel during this past season of New York Fashion Week.

BeautiFULL Spectrum represents Pagan’s exploration into the “unseen.”  Combining the beauty of the feminine form and his experimentation with the blacklight photo technique, he was able to “shed a visible light into an invisible world.” Featuring bodies of all shapes and sizes as well as colors and creeds, the exhibit shares with the audience, a human experience—frozen in time.

“It pleases me to honor the female form in all its diversity and who it represents– a blessing from the Creator,” Jose Pagan recently said when asked about his choice to participate in the Women’s History Month exhibition at the Kalahari Gallery.

The opening reception for BeautiFULL Spectrum will take place from 6 to 8pm on Friday, March 18th at the Kalahari Gallery, located at 1101 Fulton Street in Brooklyn. To RSVP, contact Angela Hope Weusi at 917.757.0170 or Jose Pagan at 917.361.5305. For media inquiries, contact Tamara Walker at tamara@qmedia-pr.com.

 

ABOUT JOSE PAGAN

Jose Pagan is a New York-based fine art and fashion photographer known for his eclectic and creative vision. A product of the culturally rich landscape of Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood, Pagan has been using his dynamic talent to take the market by storm. His work has graced the pages of both high fashion and niche editorial publications around the world including ELLE Brazil, PLUS Model Magazine, Designer Original and Music Insider Magazines. Jose has worked with some of the industry’s most innovative brands including Adrian Alicea and the Underwraps Agency (the world’s first Muslim and modest modeling agency) but all the while still making the time to give back through his work with such charitable groups as Hunks4Hope (anti-domestic violence) and with the X Collective, the non-profit arts organization where he is also a board member. His artist endeavors are routinely on display at galleries around the city. For more information about Jose Pagan, visit. www.paganphotography.org.

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