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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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.

 

 

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.

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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.