Our #ModelFocus is Andre Belue, who participated at The Focus Forum during the International Fuller Woman Festival this past weekend. Mr. Belue is an actor and Plus male model based in Detroit. Being my first male model ever, was a little tricky, as my instinct is to allow models to look softer and more feminine, not strong and manly.
A true gentleman and a pleasure to photograph!
Visit the International Fuller Woman Festival atwww.fullerwoman.org for more information on any future events. Don’t miss next year’s Focus Forum!
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Our Parisian influenced background was the Hotel St. Regis(@hotelstregis), with its french inspired facade and wrought iron details.
The runway was culturally diverse and body positive. Byron Lars featured a variety of Curvy models on the runway and each dress just as fierce as the straight size models. Sommer Green(@Sommerboogie), a Plus/Curvy model, opened the show in a “Gele”, pronounced gaye lay, an African head wrap, wearing a body conscious, multi-patterned dress. Her silhouette at the start of the runway, set the tone for the entire show.
Mr. Lars embraced ethnicities, shapes, races and sizes. His presentation was an easy example of what may be done and must be done in all runway shows. He didn’t tease us with possibilities, he made it happen.
The show included Kristi Castlin(@kristihollywood), Bronze medal winner in Track and Field in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She wore a patterned dress of stripes and florals accessorized with her solid bronze medal and track shoes.
Model extraordinaire and Hello Beautiful, style and beauty editor, Danielle James(@TheIslanDiva), walked in the show in her signature converse sneakers. Mr. Lars was inspired by their last meeting when she wore her converse with a dress and appreciated her laid back, ultra-feminine style.
Celebrities, models and fashion’s finest were all in attendance. Fern Mallis, Ana Maria Sandegren of Precious7.com, Ashley Dobson, Supermodel Denise Bidot, Bonang, Geneva S. Thomas of Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat & Heels” and many more.
Models seen on the runway were from MSA Models, Major and True Model Management. TMM was the official model management sponsor of Byron Lars Beauty Mark. Jenna Rusnak(@thecurvyrebel), Frankie Tavares(@frankietavares), were just a few of the True Model Management models gracing the runway. As hard as it was to take your eyes off of Byron Lars’ beautifully patterned dresses, Tiannia Barnes, a luxury shoe designer, sponsored the Italian made stilettos featured in the show. My favorite, the mustard fringe heels. The handmade, couture accessories were created by The Sheila Gray Collection. The best of accessories to compliment the best of NYFW.
Written by Jovanna Reyes
Tykesha Reed and Chanell Jones, the sister duo producers of Curves Rock Fashion Weekend, continue to give life to the plus fashion industry. The event, held in Baltimore, Md at the Marriott Hotel in Camden Yards, was packed with Curvy fashionistas from Cleveland, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and the DMV area. The audience made up of hopeful models, Plus bloggers and other industry professionals.
Lonnie Bee, comedian of Youtube fame, hosted the event.
Designers Tru Diva Designs, Alek Risimnic Couture, Wes Taylor Designs, Ashley Stewart, House of Diggnity, JBri Designs and Total Chicness Boutique inspired the audience with one of a kind garments, innovative designs and the feeling of inclusion that cannot be imitated elsewhere.
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The casual and effortless grace of the “Jill Alexander” woman is easily attainable with her new collection seen at PNO 2015. The soft color palette and luxe stretch fabrics were eye candy. Her use of purple to accent her lighter pieces were perfect to fight the upcoming winter doldrums. Her fringe technique on her skirts and dresses were on trend and are perfect for the curvy woman, who can carry off a little more than a smaller body type. The lovely, Jeannie Ferguson started the showcase off with the ivory fringed sheath, perfect for the holidays or an evening out. Nicole Zepeda and Ariella Vazquez were graceful ballerinas in their ballet inspired wrap dresses and soft, neutral color palettes. The ‘piece de resistance’, was Vicky Poole in the beautifully designed gold print finale dress. Perfect for the holidays! This collection just might get me through winter while I’m “California dreaming”.
Ashley Stewart delivered the top trends of the fall season at Plus Night Out 2014, the only exclusively plus fashion event during New York Fashion Week. Tough girl cutouts, bold fur, patterns, color and just enough sparkle!
Ashley Stewart entregó las principales tendencias de la temporada de otoño en el Plus Night Out 2014, el evento sólo exclusivamente para la moda plus, durante la Semana de la Moda de Nueva York. Recortes de chica dura, piel acentuado, patrones audaces, color y suficiente chispa!
All photos by Doug Swaim of NFPhotography.com
I’m still in need of some furniture pieces in my new place but am trying to avoid overshopping. I no longer have my own personal garage to hoard things in anymore, now that I’m a city girl. My go to place is HOMEGOODS, the sister furniture store to Marshall’s/T.J. Maxx. They have the best selection of decorative items, at an affordable price. Here are some of my fave pieces that I would’ve purchased without thinking about it, just because I liked them. Clutter is no longer an option and therefore I have these lovely pictures to hold on to instead. Check out the Curvysta sculpture! LOVE IT! I’m going to try to find a spot for it somewhere in my house.
Hello Curvystas. It’s been more than a minute since I’ve sat down and posted on anything on the blog. I’ve moved from Georgia to Virginia this summer and it seems as if I’ve been preparing for it since the beginning of the year. The best thing about the move is that I am closer to the Tristate and still able to hop on the plane and head south when I need to. I will be posting pics from NY/D.C./N.J./Virginia/Atl and Cali of course.
Now back to fashion. If you don’t know, I am Blessed with four girls, ranging from 5-15. I never planned to have children, but He knows why He does things. In any case, my love of fashion has definitely passed on to my girls. They also love to shop for bargains. My oldest is a huge fan of Loehmann’s, T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s. Filene’s Basement in NY is a treasure chest for a teen. She once found an in season, yellow, Marc Jacob’s skirt with matching leggings for less than $75.00. My three younger ones love anything with sparkles, grommets and zippers. Just like their Mama (remember my Franco Sarto handbag in an older post!). They are still very different when they put it all together. My second child loves to mix and match colors and textures. The third one is preppier and the baby (she’s five) loves anything that reminds her of Fancy Nancy.