#ModelFocus: Andre Belue at the International Fuller Woman Festival

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!

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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.

 

“Exclusively Inclusive” with BYRON LARS BEAUTY MARK at KiaStyle360NYFW

Byron Lars of Byron Lars Beauty Mark presented his collection during New York Fashion Week at Kia Style 360.  Mr. Lars goal for the season is to be “exclusively inclusive”.

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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.

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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.

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Celebrities, models and fashion’s finest were all in attendance.  Fern Mallis, Ana Maria Sandegren of Precious7.com, Ashley Dobson, Supermodel Denise BidotBonang, 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.

 

All photos by Alec Turner and Jonathan Rodriguez

Written by Jovanna Reyes

Curves Rock Slays Again…

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.

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Celebrity stylist, Denise Caldwell(top left), Plus Model(top right), Stylist and Blogger, Nanthale Collins with Ready to Stare, Alysse Dalessandro and her mother. 

Lonnie Bee, comedian of Youtube fame, hosted the event. 

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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.

Next post…CRFW 2016 Designers collections!  Follow Curvysta to receive notifications.   Instagram@Curvysta/Twitter@Curvysta/ Facebook@Curvystamagazine

 

“FRINGED” with Jill Alexander Designs at PNO 2015

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”.

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rue21 Delivers Boho Chic at Plus Night Out 2015

rue21, the fashion forward retailer of rue+, offered the best in boho chic for fall 2015 on the Plus Night Out runway.  Fringe, floral print and jeans that fit your every curve, where showcased, including a few outfits for after hours.  Hosted by Shirley Velasquez, the Director of Content for Latina magazine and Chenese Lewis, of the top podcast for Curvy women, The Chenese Lewis show, Plus Night Out designers delivered collections from day to evening and swimwear.  Stay tuned for more coverage of the PNO 2015 runway.

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rue+ for rue21 model: jeannie ferguson Lucivory Photography
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rue+ for rue21 model: sommer green Lucivory Photography
rue+ for rue21 model: shanda ferguson Lucivory Photography
rue+ for rue21 model: Ke’nisha Dunlap Lucivory Photography
rue+ for rue21 model: samantha lebbie Lucivory Photography
rue+ for rue21 model: nicole zepeda Lucivory Photography
rue+ for rue21 model: Jessica guzman Lucivory Photography

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PLUS NIGHT OUT 2014 RUNWAY-ASHLEY STEWART

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

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ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  JESSICA LIKAS
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MODEL: JESSICA LIKAS(TRUE MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  MONIQUE ROBINSON
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MODEL: MONIQUE ROBINSON(IPM MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  FERIN CATLETT(IPM MODELS)
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MODEL: FERIN CATLETT(IPM MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  SAMANTHA LEBBIE(IPM MODELS)
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MODEL: SAMANTHA LEBBIE(IPM MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  JESSICA GUZMAN(IPM MODELS)
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MODEL: JESSICA GUZMAN(IPM MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  LAURA LEE JOHNSON
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MODEL: LAURA LEE JOHNSON(BICOASTAL MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL: ALIYAH CHERRISSE
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MODEL: ALIYAH CHERRISSE(TRUE MODELS)
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MODEL: SOMMER GREEN(IPM MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL: LIZ SHAR(IPM MODELS)
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MODEL: LIZ SHAR(IPM MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  LAURA JOHNSON(IPM MODELS)
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MODEL: LAURA JOHNSON(IPM MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  VANESSA MAY HINDS(BICOASTAL MODELS)
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MODEL: VANESSA MAY HINDS(BICOASTAL MODELS)

Curvysta at Full Figure Fashion Week

It’s nice to catch my breath and be able to finally write about my experience.  It’s two months after FFF Week, but feels like it just happened yesterday.  It was a great learning experience, even though I’ve produced shows for years, it’s still not the same when you are the designer.  All you pray for is that people understand and capture what’s been in your mind for years.  It doesn’t always translate easily from brain to fabric.  I was asked regularly what was the theme of my collection.  I didn’t have one.  What was I inspired by?  Beautiful, sexy, elegant women that wanted statement pieces.  I designed pieces I wanted in my closet and that I would actually wear.  I don’t plan to make a spring collection.  I’m not one for pastels.  Obviously…but will continue to add dresses regularly.  I’m a New York baby, who favors the Fall/Winter/Holiday.

Thank you to everyone that supported Curvysta and had their pom poms ready for us.  If you look at the pics, I was on the verge of crying and had to tighten my lips to keep from balling, that’s how much I appreciated the love.