Sep 4

Great News!


This year at New York Fashion Week plus size models will grace the catwalk.  An uphill battle to date, this marks the first time a show will feature plus size models within mainstream fashion.

The show’s organizers put out a call for plus size models to strut their stuff on the catwalk in haute couture, avant-garde and up-to-the-minute fashions by more than a dozen designers from New York City, Peru, Columbia and Venezuela.

“Fashion should be accessible for everybody no matter what size they are,” Uptown Fashion Week event founder, Albania Rosario, told New York Daily News.

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Fab Over Forty.

Feb 17

The plus size models were the talk of the town at London Fashion Week.  And, it’s about time!

We are excited to read that the first Official British Plus-Size Fashion Weekend in Shoreditch, an edgy district in the east of the capital beloved of young hipsters and music fans, went off without a hitch.  The event, is sponsored by Trapped in a Skinny World and Evolve Magazine. The two-day event featured discussions, tutorials by bloggers and a final catwalk show featuring established and first-time plus models, who would rather be called “curvy”.

Running simultaneously with British Fashion Week, the plus-size fashion event is certainly sign of good things to come.  Rianne Ward, the creative force behind this event said she hopes to emulate Full Figured Fashion Week.  “At the end, I hope there won’t be two segregated shows. But for now, we want to give curvy women an option,” said Rianne Ward, one of the organizers of the event and the creator of the online  magazine Evolve, a magazine is for curvy women.

Check out our Fashion Flash From Jackie Silver of Aging Backwards.

Feb 11

Ok, we cannot resist!

We know cat s have always been in fashion! This past weekend, Designer Tracy Reese sent Lily, a real, live cat down the runway.

As it turns out, the cats were there on behalf of Purina ONE as part of their  True Nature of Cats movement.

According to a press release, the movement is all about letting cats “be who they were born to be”… by feeding them Purina ONE.  This is the first time a cat has been on the cat walk! How great is that?

Photo by: Jason DeCrow/Invision for Purina ONE/AP Images

More news from Fashion Week as it happens!


Nov 1

I had to read the reviews twice because I could not believe what I was reading…

At a fashion show for Allistyle, which was named in honor of Alli Shapiro who died in 2006, was suffering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which made her weight fluctuate. They had a hard time finding clothes Alli could wear, and Alli and her mom began the plus size clothing line.

According to Kevin Naulls, who covered World Mastercard Toronto Fashion Week,

“Except, for some of the front row at this packed show, it was a joke. One gentleman spent the entire show laughing and hiding his face from the photo pit with his line sheet, while others exchanged barbs privately and cackled audibly. Even four different people were overheard talking about how poorly the women walked because they were bigger women on high heels. Why is (fashion show decorum) so militantly followed at all other shows, but when a woman who is a size 12 is sent down the runway, all bets are off?”

Here’s the deal…their line STARTS at a size 8. What’s so funny?

Seriously?  Every time I think we are making some kind of progress, I read about an incident like this and it makes me wonder.  Is  it that the prejudiced will always be prejudiced and small minds will always stay small?

What I know is that those  models had their heads held high!

More as it happens!

Some ways to go…

Jun 14

From June 13th to June 16th 2012, Full Figure Fashion Week 2012 is the place to be for all things plus size.

An event that is truly focused on the plus size community, it is a celebration of plus size women.  I truly applaud everyone involved in this event! We need more like it!

With panel discussions, workshops, fashion show and exhibitors, this is truly a ground-breaking event that gets better every year.

FFF Week is produced by DeVoe Signature Events (DSE), FFFW is the world’s first event to promote independent fashion designers, retailers, event producers, models and plus industry businesses. The event was created to increase economic development in the area of plus size fashion design, clothing merchandising and plus modeling.

By the way, this week’s Fashion Flash is being hosted by Shawna! Female Fat Loss Over Forty! Check it out!

Mar 30

Full Figured Fashion Week™ (FFFWeek) is going to be in New York City for its fourth year!

Events include a fashion showcase, panel discussions, fitness classes and sample and boutique sales.


The event 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 15 years experience in fashion show production, Gwen DeVoe, CEO of DSE, Creator and Executive Producer of FFFWeek says, “It is time for designers, retailers, boutique owners and businesses with an interest in the plus size market to combine their resources and talents and partner with a plus fashion event that will rival other Fashion Weeks and Full Figured Fashion Week™ IS that event.”

Stay tuned for more information on FFFW!

Feb 17

Well, we have lots to talk about this week with MAGIC and the Fall Buying well underway.

But, the talk of this week is that this year’s models for Fashion Week in New York were too young and too thin.  They were reported as being boyish and very slender.

Back in 2006 after the death of one fashion model, Anna Carolina Reston, from anorexia, the Council of Fashion Designers of America issued a statement and guidelines for models which included resources for models who have an eating disorder.

While the models for Calvin Klein and other designers look healthy, there are many models who are clearly not taking good care of themselves.  In her documentary, Model Sara Ziff shows a grim portrayal of the dark side of modeling, where teens were encouraged to eat a rice cake a day and cotton balls. The CFDA and many designers have imposed a No Alcohol and No Smoking Policies, but without any enforcement power, it is a sad commentary for young women and the state of the fashion industry. What does it say for aspiring models? How about those plus size models wishing to break into the fashion industry? Could it be an indication that there is no room for plus size models?

When are we going to learn?

Sep 18

Kudos to One Stop Plus for breaking barriers with first ever plus size fashion show!  I am proud to be one of the 75 million women in the U.S. who are size 14 or larger!  How about you?  I am active.  I am energized.  I want fashionable clothing to wear!

Time to be heard!

What I find interesting from the CBS News Video is that plus size

fashion makes up only 17% of the fashion industry.   Watch!

Sep 12

I am pleased to hear that on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, U.S. company, One Stop Plus.com will showcase outfits for women sizes 16 and above on plus size models including Tocara Jones (of America’s Next Top Model Fame) and Lizzie Miller.  Plus Size Model, Emme’ will host the red carpet festivities.

I have found that change comes slowly and that sometimes one has to play within the rules in order to change them and I applaud One Stop Plus for finding its own “ballpark” to play in and for serving as a reminder to the fashion world as to how many women really are size 14 and up!

Next week’s show is not linked to any of the major fashion houses, the reason could be because One Stop Plus does not carry any of the major fashion houses and a fashion show must directly or indirectly affect the bottom line as they are not cheap to produce.  However, One Stop Plus says that Spring 2011 fashions from Europe and the U.S. will be showcased in the fashion show.  “It’s about inclusion and fashion democracy: fashion risk-taking and empowerment,” adds the site’s vice-president of design, Zahir Babvani.

I also applaud plus size models like 21 year old, Lizzie Miller! We are on TEAM LIZZIE.  Once teased about her weight, she now makes a living from her size 12 figure.   You remember Lizzie? I wrote about her in a previous post. She was in a Glamour Magazine ad that ignited a great discussion about plus size in America!

“This is a huge step for the fashion industry. It is going to be a beautiful event. It is going to prove to everyone in the fashion world that it is beautiful to have plus-size women wearing these clothes,” Miller told the Observer in New York last week, fresh from having a fitting for the clothes she will wear on the runway.

Take a look at One Stop Plus You Tube Channel to see their Paris Fashion Show!

I hope this is a continuing a sign of the changes that are taking place in the fashion world.  Can’t wait to see pictures from Wednesday’s fashion show.  Wish I could be there to witness history! When Black Cat Plus Grows Up we wanna be like One Stop Plus! Congrats to everyone involved, we’ll be watching!
More as it happens! Jodell