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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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.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Contemporary Jewelry Brand, Amber Poitier, To Debut During New York Fashion Week

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New York, NY— Amber Poitier, high end contemporary jewelry brand, announced today that it will debut its premier collection during New York Fashion Week. The gallery style presentation entitled Breathe.Pray.Love, will take place on Tuesday, February 16th in Manhattan’s trendy NoMAD neighborhood.

Launched just last Fall by New York based designer Alicia Appleton, Amber Poitier draws its inspiration from nature and the city. The line features handcrafted pieces constructed of wood, metal, leather, and acrylic shaped in chic, modern yet edgy designs.

Breathe.Pray.Love, the line’s first collection—inspired by the memoir and film, Eat.Pray,Love—is a metaphor of the designer’s journey in the fashion world. Breathe being a representation of letting go of her twelve-year stint in corporate fashion (exhale) and embarking on a new path (inhale). Pray depicts Appleton’s search for direction, peace and happiness. Ultimately, Love is exemplified in the collection that showcases her renewed passion to create.

“Corporate fashion simultaneously educated and jaded me,” Alicia said recently. “The creation of the Amber Poitier brand and the new collection has rejuvenated my love for designing again. It has allowed me to step into my purpose.”

The invite only event which begins at 5:30 PM, will feature an art gallery style presentation where guests are invited to stroll through the displays of texture and color to experience and shop the collection.

For press inquiries or to RSVP, contact qmediapr@gmail.com. For sales inquiries, contact amberpoitier@gmail.com.

 

ABOUT AMBER POITIER

Launched in September 2015 by Alicia Appleton, Amber Poitier is a high end contemporary jewelry line featuring innovative handcrafted pieces constructed of leather, wood, metal and acrylic. The burgeoning accessories brand draws inspiration from nature and the city resulting in chic, modern yet edgy collections. For more about the brand, visit www.amberpoitier.com.

 

 

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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CELEBRATING SURF & CURVES

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 Famed Luxury Swimwear & Resort Brand to Debut 2015 Collection during Fashion Week LA

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES–  After a recent hiatus, luxury resort and swimwear designer Stacey Williams announced today that she will be debuting her 2015 collection during Fashion Week LA next month. The capsule collection, entitled Surf & Curves: A Burlesque Experience, will mark the much anticipated return of Williams’ Stay by Stacey Angela brand. The showcase will take place on March 14th at the Runway Boutique in Los Angeles’ famed Miracle Mile.

Stay by Stacey Angela has always represented the jet-setting women in my life who live to look fabulous,” Ms. Williams said.  “My brand makes women feel confident and sexy—like our favorite fashion icons throughout the years.  We are all iconic in our own way. The re-launch of Stay by Stacey Angela showcases the icon in all of us.”

Credited by some for creating the “crochet” wear trend, Stay by Stacey Angela established itself from its onset as a sexy, edgy brand for the jet-setting woman with her own unique style sense. Found in the most chic boutiques in fashion capitals around the world including Los Angeles, Miami and Tokyo, this distinctive line graced the pages of some well-known publications including the Miami Herald, Lincoln Road Magazine, Complex, and NYLON as well as featured on Vh1 and America’s Next Top Model. Ms. Williams’ creations are quickly becoming coveted pieces by the celebrity world and has been spotted on the famed curves of Natalie Stewart (the “Floacist” of R&B duo, Floetry) and Angie Stone.

A huge fan of vintage fashion, pinup culture and the sex appeal of burlesque, the Surf & Curves collection was inspired by the beauty of women in all their various shapes and the desire to create the confidence to go with it. Teaming with Lauren Tyler, the principal make-up artist of IV Valentine Makeup Artistry, Inc. and the Founder/Curator of Afro-Pinup— which celebrates brown women in burlesque and performance art, Stacey Williams will be presenting the capsule collection during an evening of fashion, shopping and cocktails at Runway Boutique, located at 807 South La Brea Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Hosted by the personality behind the celebrated blog, The Curvy Socialite, Tamara Walker, the event will bring together some of LA’s most influential tastemakers, fashion insiders and press while raising awareness about Epilepsy, one fashionista at a time. The presentation will take place from 5 to 9pm on March 14th for an intimate gathering of invited guests.

For more information about Stay by Stacey Angela, contact Stay Media at staymedia46@gmail.com or Quintessential Media at tamara@qmedia-pr.com.

ABOUT STAY BY STACEY ANGELA

Designed by and named after Stacey Williams, STAY BY STACEY ANGELA is a high end swimwear and resort label based in the New York area. Catering to the fashion forward jetsetter with a unique sense of style, the brand features luxe, one-of-a-kind pieces crocheted by hand. Found in boutiques the world over, Stay by Stacey Angela has becoming synonymous with edgy, sexy apparel that celebrates a woman’s curves in all her beautiful shapes and sizes. Credited by many as the creator of the “crochet” wear trend, Stacey Williams has quickly established herself as the go to designer for today’s travel-centric woman.

ABOUT RUNWAY BOUTIQUE

Inspired by the symbiotic relationship between art, music and fashion, RUNWAY BOUTIQUE encapsulates the truest definition of culture by providing a medium for designers and artists to showcase their talent throughout the store, via fashion shows and during boutique events. Empowering women through fashion, Runway Boutique embraces every style of woman to make her fabulous.

ABOUT AFRO PINUP & IV VALENTINE MAKEUP ARTISTY, INC.

Lauren “IV Valentine” Tyler is the Principal Makeup Artist/Activist for IV Valentine Makeup Artistry INC. in the New York Metro area. She has been an industry professional for 11 years with experience in stage, video, film, runway, and fashion/editorial. For more information, contact Lauren at 973.433.6668.

Afro-Pinup, founded and curated by Ms. Tyler is the celebration of brown women in burlesque and performance art. Brown women in performance art have opened doors for many of the notable and acclaimed women of color in film, television, music and fashion. For more information, visit the Afro-Pinup website.

ABOUT THE CURVY SOCIALITE

THE CURVY SOCIALITE is a lifestyle blog that covers a wide range of topics including fashion, beauty, health & fitness, food, travel, entertainment and current events. Tamara Walker is the personality behind the famed lifestyle blog. A regular contributor to various publications including Raine Magazine, Lucky Magazine and Examiner.com, Ms. Walker has been featured in a variety of media outlets including the New York Post and Ladies’ Home Journal. For more information visit The Curvy Socialite Blog.

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Plus Night Out (PNO) RETURNS TO MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK IN NEW YORK ON 9/6

PNO returns with Ashley Stewart, IDEEL, Sydney’s Closet And Bicoastal Models as exclusive sponsors

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NEW YORK, NY—September 2nd, 2014Plus Night Out (www.plusnightout.com), the Virginia based plus size focused fashion event announced its return to the famed Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Founded by Jovanna Reyes, Plus Night Out (PNO) will take place on Saturday September 6th, 2014 at W83 Loft, located at 150 W 83rd Street on the city’s tony Upper West Side.

In its fourth year as Plus Night Out has been producing events nationwide which have provided a platform for independent designers and plus-centric retailers to showcase new collections in a chic, upscale environment.  This season, plus fashion retailer, Ashley Stewart (www.ashleystewart.com) returns as the title sponsor of PNO as well as the exclusive host of the official Plus Night Out model search. New sponsors this year include IDEEL (www.ideel.com), the online flash sale retailer who recently launched a plus size fashion shop on their site; and Sydney’s Closet (www.sydneyscloset.com), the evening wear and bridal fashion destination devoted to the full figured woman.

Bicoastal Model Management (www.bicoastalfittingmodels.com), debuts this year as a sponsor for the Plus Night Out model search sponsor.  The PNO Model Search winner will receive a modeling contract with the modeling agency, campaigns with Ashley Stewart and IDEEL as well as covers/editorial placement in leading plus focused publications.

Designers and brands showcasing this season include: Ashley Stewart, Authentic by John Ashford, Qristyl Frazier Designs, Jill Alexander Designs, Pink Sorbie, Jon Marc, F3 (Full Figured Fashionista) and more. IDEEL will be sponsoring the footwear and accessories featured on the Plus Night Out runway.

There will be a private, pre-show cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for media, bloggers and VIP ticket holders, sponsored by IDEEL.

For more on the event and for ticket information for Plus Night Out 2014 please visit the website www.plusnightout.com.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@plusnightout.com.

For media inquiries, please contact tamara@sienamediagrp.com.

 

ABOUT PLUS NIGHT OUT (PNO)

Founded by Jovanna Reyes, Plus Night Out (PNO) is one of the premier plus-centric fashion events in the United States. Originally created to cater to the full figured fashion-forward woman during the Fashion Night Out series of events that took place worldwide to kick off the September fashion season, PNO provides a platform for independent designers and plus-centric retailers to showcase new collections in a chic, upscale environment. The event has come to serve as a medium to connect brands, bloggers and traditional media with the much-varied plus size woman/consumer. For more information about Plus Night Out, visit www.plusnightout.com.

 

ABOUT ASHLEY STEWART

When the brand launched in the early 1990’s, Ashley Stewart captured the hearts and minds of curvy women throughout the New York area offering inspiring, fashion-forward, affordable clothing in an easily accessible and welcoming environment.  Today, the brand has 90 stores in the U.S. and a growing international presence through www.AshleyStewart.com .  As a leading retailer of plus-sized fashion, Ashley Stewart continues its heritage of uncompromising style and flattering fit for the curvy, sexy, fashion forward woman.

ABOUT IDEEL

ideel offers its members online access to designer brands at up to 70 percent off retail every day. ideel’s limited-time sales feature the most sought-after brands in women’s apparel, shoes, beauty and accessories, plus must-haves for men and home. ideel has brought the world its inspired take on fashion, style and the best trends since 2006 and officially joined the Groupon family in January 2014. ideel is headquartered in New York City. For more information visit ideel at www.ideel.com. To download ideel’s mobile apps, visit www.ideel.com/mobile

ABOUT W83 LOFT 

W83 is a five-story, multi-function community and cultural center, located on the Upper West Side, NYC, owned and operated by Redeemer Presbyterian Church. This 45,000 square foot venue has a LEED Certified status, granted in 2013 for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for New Construction. For more info, please visit www.150w83.com.