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YELLOW - Spring 2013:  Plus-Size Fashion Trend Report, March 10, 2013 @ Elegant Plus, Sizes 12-34w

YELLOW - Spring 2013:  Plus-Size Fashion Trend Report, March 10, 2013 @ Elegant Plus, Sizes 12-34w | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

With spring sunshine comes a fresh color palette full of warmth and style. Lovely yellows are turning up in every kind of fashion imaginable from basic tees and jeans to prom gowns and career clothing.

Look for floral prints, stripes and solids to mix with other spring colors. Fabrics range from light, flowing chiffons to crisp cottons and knits. Want just a pop? Add a yellow shoe to your outfit to create visual punch.

This color will take you from Spring Break right through summer with wardrobe updates that span the seasons.

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Dos and don'ts for full-sized fashion

Dos and don'ts for full-sized fashion | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

Full-figured women too often are told what they should and shouldn’t wear. Denise Alden, owner of Bombshell Boutique in St. Paul, dispels myths and misconceptions about plus-size style:

Plus-sized women should wear only loose, billowing garments.

“Oh, no. I don’t care what size you are, you will always, always, always look better in clothing that fits you rather than hides you.”

Plus-sized women shouldn’t wear horizontal stripes.

“That depends on the width and color of the stripes, doesn’t it?” said Alden. “Really, it’s all about proportion. One of my favorite tops is ivory with navy stripes.”

Read more at: http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/195018751.html ;

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Mint Chiffon Blouse with Spring Color Pop : Elegant Plus Fashion Flash

Mint Chiffon Blouse with Spring Color Pop : Elegant Plus Fashion Flash | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

Mix it up for spring with a feminine mint chiffon blouse layered over an emerald green cami and deep raspberry slim cropped ankle pants.

To shop the look visit: http://www.elegantplus.com/Plus-Size-Fashion-Flash/Mint-Chiffon-Blouse-3-2-2013.htm ;

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The Making of an Oscar Gown | Tadashi Shoji

The Making of an Oscar Gown | Tadashi Shoji | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

We are always honored to dress the beautiful and talented Octavia Spencer. She first wore Tadashi Shoji for an appearance in 2011, and soon after a red carpet relationship and personal friendship blossomed between starlet and designer. ”I greatly enjoy working with Octavia. There is a mutual admiration and a mutual appreciation between us. It is a rare opportunity to find this type of rapport in our industry,” says Tadashi.

In 2012, Octavia was wearing a custom Tadashi gown when she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in “The Help.” For this year’s ceremony, Tadashi specially designed another gown for Octavia to create yet another magical Oscar moment. Here, we follow it from inception to red carpet.

Read more at: http://blog.tadashishoji.com/2013/02/28/the-making-of-an-oscar-gown/ ;

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PEPLUM Plus-Size Fashion Trend Report, Feb 27, 2013 @ Elegant Plus, Sizes 12-34w

PEPLUM Plus-Size Fashion Trend Report, Feb 27, 2013 @ Elegant Plus, Sizes 12-34w | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

Peplum styles are turning up this year in everything from trendy fast fashion to chic career jackets and red carpet worthy evening dresses.

To read more visit: http://www.elegantplus.com/Plus-Size-Fashion-Trend-Reports/peplums.htm ;

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Octavia Spencer's Oscar Dress 2013 Is Another Gorgeous Tadashi Shoji Design

Octavia Spencer's Oscar Dress 2013 Is Another Gorgeous Tadashi Shoji Design | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

If it ain't broke, don't fix it! That pretty much sums up Octavia Spencer's style motto. It's a rare occasion when we don't see the Academy Award-winning actress dressed in a Tadashi Shoji creation. And her fierce (and fabulous) loyalty serves her well--Octavia always looks amazing.

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Brazil plus-size models on catwalk

Brazil plus-size models on catwalk | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

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Brazil has produced some of the world's most famous super models, but models of quite a different shape have been causing a storm in Sao Paulo.

This is fashion week plus size. It started seven years ago and since then it has kept growing.

National and international labels including Katie Ferrarra, Cosma, and Marri Gatto all showcased their latest creations here.

Emily Thomas reports.

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Fatshionistas: How Plus Size is Revolutionizing the Retail World

Fatshionistas: How Plus Size is Revolutionizing the Retail World | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

So what’s to be learned from this plus size social media revolution?  Certainly, and perhaps most importantly, there’s more than one way to work  within and revolutionize an industry. Instead of trying to traditionally “convince” retailers the plus-size market and consumer should be front and  center, these bloggers and their followers have created an ecosystem that  operates outside the traditional media and advertising  platform – and in doing so, have “spread the word” about where and how and when  to frequent retailers that work successfully with the plus size customer. It’s  social advertising at its best.

A final note: the fashion industry – in particular the plus-size segment - is  in for a revolution.  With the plus size market currently bifurcated  between a few (albeit in most cases, lazy) mass-production  retailers and 1,000’s of city or region-specific independent boutiques  catering to individuals within a few  dozen mile radius, the plus size industry is positioned for a massive market  shift.  What’s this mean?  Like many industries before it, the plus  size clothing world is poised for consolidation – for smaller regional (or city  specific) boutiques to roll up with each other (ala, on a different scale, like  those brands housed under the GAP name), which  in turn will streamline backroom operations, normalize distribution processes,  and synthesize the online presence and experience, thereby creating stronger,  more efficient systems, operations, and delivery processes through which to  better supply and serve this underserved and underappreciated (but quickly  growing) marketplace.

 

Read more:  http://www.businessinsider.com/fatshionistas-how-plus-size-is-revolutionizing-the-retail-world-2013-2#ixzz2LUqujzp8

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Plus-Size Boutique Curvaceous K Opens in New York City

Plus-Size Boutique Curvaceous K Opens in New York City | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it
Over the weekend, the plus-size boutique Curvaceous K debuted at 179 Stanton Street. Store owner Kathy SancheztoldThe Local that opening her own shop was a natural move: "I've been so many different sizes and I always had to learn how to dress my body. Eventually I became the go-to girl for styling my full-figured friends."

The store carries brands like Igigi, Mynt, Queen Grace and SWAK, and Sanchez explains that the window's "real-sized" mannequins have already garned a fair amount of attention over the past few days. Sizes at Curvaceous K run from 14 through 26, though Sanchez is quick to add that size isn't her focal point: "I don't think it's about being curvaceous or being skinny. It's about being a woman and wanting to look good."

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A Fashionable, Fabulous And Fat Top Ten - Forbes

A Fashionable, Fabulous And Fat Top Ten - Forbes | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

1. Allow yourself to be inspired. Don’t feel like you’re not allowed to look to images of thin celebrities or models for inspiration. Barring very few exceptions, those women wearing those clothes are the only people whose fashion you’re allowed to see.

2. Figure out a way to bring your inspirations to life. Read fat fatshion blogs and find out where makes clothes that roughly equate to what you want.

3. Feel the fear and do it anyway: you’ll get so many more compliments than you’ll get snarky looks for wearing something daring.

4. Try things on! You’ll be surprised how many shops quietly cater to fat women. My current favourite shop is Monki, which looks like it only makes clothes for willowy Swedish hipsters, but their size L is generous enough to fit up to about a size 20.

5. No item of clothing is off-limits to you. If you’ve got the urge to try bodycon or a jumpsuit, find the item that gives you the look you want but also makes you feel comfortable.

6. Lanacane anti-chafing gel will save your thighs from the fat girl’s worst nightmare : chub rub. Invest in a tube and go legging-free in warm weather.

7. Talk! If you’re the only fat girl in your group of friends and are feeling like you need encouragement from people who understand, then take to Twitter or Tumblr and join the conversation. It’s amazing what a difference it makes to hear positivity, or even just to lament the lack of tights for fats.

8. Find your colour. Maybe it’s because I have green eyes and red hair but whenever I wear green, particularly kelly green, people tell me how great it is on me. When so much ‘advice’ revolves around prohibitive and restrictive ‘fashion rules’, it’s easy to lose your sense of individuality. Black is not the answer to all your problems if you’d really shine in fuchsia.

9. Compliment other fat women. If you see a fellow fat chick out and about and you think her dress is really rad, tell her. Until the world becomes less hostile to the fat female form, we’ve got to build up each other’s self esteem.

10. There is no single cut of jean, no single print, no single fabric that will make every fat girl look and feel the way they want. Wear the clothes that reflect your life, your comfort zones, your every day practicalities, your personal interests and preferences. It’s a lot more useful than trying to avoid skinny jeans because a mag told you to.

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Perella backs plus-sized women's retailer

Perella backs plus-sized women's retailer | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it
Plus-sized women's apparel retailer Fashion To Figure has quietly raised $18.2 million in private equity funding, as first disclosed in an SEC filing.

Perella Weinberg Partners led the deal, out of its new growth equity investing practice. Chip Baird and David Ferguson, both of whom joined PWP last year from private equity firm Weston Presidio, have joined the Fashion To Figure board of directors.

Fashion To Figure was formed in 2002 by Michael and Nicholas Kaplan, great-grandsons of Lena Bryant (their father Steven used to run Lane Bryant). It mostly operates online, but also has a a dozen physical locations.

"We would not have done an institutional round if we didn't have an existing relationship with some of the people at Perella," explains CEO Michael Kaplan. "But they have experience building other growth companies in retail, and also understand us personally and our vision."

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Plus-size lingerie sales continue to climb: research firm

Plus-size lingerie sales continue to climb: research firm | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

Research from NPD Group suggests that while lingerie sales are declining, there’s one category that’s going strong: plus sizes.

Large-sized lingerie sales in the first quarter of 2012 were up 20 per cent, in dollars, from the previous year, drawing about $10 million in additional sales revenue, according to data from the research firm.

Plus sizes now account for 29 per cent of sales in the intimate apparel category.

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Plus-size fashion creating buzz [Video Clip]

Plus-size fashion creating buzz [Video Clip] | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

As designers and magazine editors gather for London Fashion Week, an event running in parallel is aiming to show that bigger women are just as important to fashion.

Women who are size 16 and over account for a quarter of the UK's womenswear market according to Kantar Worldpanel.

The creators of British Plus Size Fashion Weekend hope to show the rest of the industry what they are missing.

Bryony Mackenzie reports.

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Rihanna's super-sized make-up artist Priscilla Ono shows off her curves in bonkers photoshoot for plus size magazine

Rihanna's super-sized make-up artist Priscilla Ono shows off her curves in bonkers photoshoot for plus size magazine | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it
Outrageous make-up artist Priscilla Ono is no shrinking violet. The rainbow-haired American has become a favourite on set with stars such as Rihanna, Amber Rose, Carmen Electra and Daphne Guinness thanks to her huge talent and extreme energy.
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Plus-Size Bloggers Celebrate Their Curves With ADDITION ELLE

Plus-Size Bloggers Celebrate Their Curves With ADDITION ELLE | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

Confident, beautiful, sexy: three of North America's most recognized plus size bloggers will be showcased in a bold new lingerie campaign for ADDITION ELLE's Spring 2013 collections.

Read more at: http://fashion.broadwayworld.com/article/Plus-Size-Bloggers-Celebrate-Their-Curves-With-ADDITION-ELLE-20130304 ;

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'Curvy Girl Crochet' author Mary Beth Temple (Interview)

'Curvy Girl Crochet' author Mary Beth Temple (Interview) | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

Mary Beth Temple's new book "Curvy Girl Crochet"by The Taunton Press promises "25 patterns that fit and flatter" for plus-sized women. In the introduction to her book, she says the main problem in coming up with patterns like these is that if "you put 50 plus-sized women in a room, no two of them will be plus-sized in quite the same way." So her book is a road map to custom fitting designs that include pullovers, tank tops, cardigans, coats and jackets. (The book also includes patterns for wraps, bags and accessories.)

Mary Beth talked to us recently via an email interview, sharing her background, the book and crochet design:

Read more: http://blog.oregonlive.com/knitting/2013/02/curvy_girl_crochet_author_mary.html

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Shrek and Fiona marry for real

Shrek and Fiona marry for real | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

The couple who lives in the small European country of Jersey, got the idea for their nuptials from watching the movie with their son Leo. "The essence is that Shrek represents true love. It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, if the love is there then that is what it is about," says Paul.

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Elena Miro fall winter 2012-2013 | Gorod Mod Magazine

Elena Miro fall winter 2012-2013 | Gorod Mod Magazine | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it
Elena Miro collection fall-winter 2012-2013 - Fashion for fall figured women. Photo.
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Queen Latifah Wins In White At the Oscars

Queen Latifah Wins In White At the Oscars | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it
OSCARS 2013: Queen Latifah walks the red carpet in Badgley Mischka.
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Mint Green for Spring 2013: Plus-Size Fashion Trend Report, Feb 22 @ Elegant Plus, Sizes 12-34w

Mint Green for Spring 2013: Plus-Size Fashion Trend Report, Feb 22 @ Elegant Plus, Sizes 12-34w | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

 

Fragile, yet not as surgary sweet as pink, a pale mint green is emerging as a popular color choice for Spring 2013 fashion.  From prom and bridesmaid dresses to trendy colored jeans and career blouses, this fresh hue is beautiful mix with spring floral patterns and other solid pastels, alike.  Particularly well suited to chiffons, tulles, lace and silks the combination can be whimsical and romantic, but still appropriate for professional looks.

 

 For more visit: http://www.elegantplus.com/Plus-Size-Fashion-Trend-Reports/mint-green-spring-2013.htm ;

 

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Mixed Print Career Dressing : Elegant Plus Fashion Flash

Mixed Print Career Dressing : Elegant Plus Fashion Flash | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

Go chic to the office this Spring, combining the latest trends into a clean career look all available in plus sizes. Classic navy and white is a crisp alternative to black.

Mix a polka dot pencil skirt with a boldly striped satchel for style panache. Add a tailored vintage inspired peplum jacket with a modern asymmetric twist. Finish with a pair of sleek designer, Kate Spade, patent pumps.

To shop this look visit: http://www.elegantplus.com/Plus-Size-Fashion-Flash/Career-Dressing-2-20-2013.htm ;

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Girls need plus-size power for prom

Girls need plus-size power for prom | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

Finding the right prom dress is about as easy as finding out where Waldo might be. It always has been.

In ’97 when I was on the hunt for a gown, I was a stick figure. The stores were filled with racks of fashions. Still, I couldn’t find one that was under $150 and gave me the illusion of curves. Even with all my options, I had to get my dress made. Imagine what it must have been like for a size 16.

Imagine how hard it still is. Though the average American woman is considered to be plus size, Lolita McShann says plus size fashion is hard to find — for prom or any grand night out.

“I have left stores in near tears from frustration,” says Lolita, 37, a size 16. “I have a small waist and bigger hips and it’s a challenge. Sometimes something fits one way but doesn’t work another way.”

Because she knows the struggle, she recently donated a new gown to the Julee Jonez Prom Closet, a dress drive for girls who don’t have the means to get decked out. Lolita never got to wear it because she’s inching closer to a size 14.

This year, the drive put out a special call for plus sizes due to lack of donations for the curvier teens. Why?

For one thing, women may not know about the drive, in its third year. Lolita says another reason is that beautiful plus-size special-occasion dresses are hard to come by. You don’t want to give up a gown that works on your body when you may not find another one.

“They tailor a lot of those dresses to slender girls. The plus size options are like potato sacks meant to cover the body up,”she says. “It’s all about the tuck and duck. Tuck away the things you want to hide and accentuate the positives. Just because you are plus size doesn’t mean you don’t want to feel beautiful.”

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/02/19/4073442/girls-need-plus-size-power-for.html#storylink=cpy
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Plus-size style on catwalk

Plus-size style on catwalk | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

REED-thin models have dominated London during Fashion Week, but this  weekend an alternative celebrated women with curves.

 

"Thank you all for being who you are", declared one of the organisers at 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.

Here, elegantly-dressed women browse racks of clothes designed for European  size 40 (Australian size 14) and upwards, snacking intermittently from plates of  crisps and cupcakes spread around the venue - food here is not taboo.

The two-day event featured discussions, tutorials by bloggers and a final  catwalk show featuring established and first-time models.

Wearing skirts, shorts or bikinis, the women were greeted with enthusiastic  applause as they walked out on the runway, with the audience encouraging every  display of confidence.

While many of the models could only be described as voluptuous, some of the  clothes on offer were not what many people think of as plus-sized.

Hayley, a 24-year-old model who wears European size 42 (Australian size 16),  berated the industry for the way it categorised women. "I think even some  agencies these days call girls that are UK size 10 plus size. That's just  crazy.

"I think that plus size is the wrong word. I think a curvy model would be a  better word to describe me and plus size is not necessarily the nicest  expression."

Thirteen designers attended the fashion weekend, but the number was dwarfed  by the almost 80 labels showing across town at the official London Fashion Week,  where skinny girls still reign supreme.

"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 organisers of the  event and the creator of online magazine Evolve.

She plans to run the plus-sized event again next year, hoping to emulate the  success of New York's Full-Figured Fashion Week which is in its fifth year.

Read more:  http://www.news.com.au/top-stories/plus-sized-models-carve-out-corner-of-london-fashion-week-afp/story-e6frfkp9-1226579905874#ixzz2LB5qwKJC

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Polka Dots Plus-Size Fashion Trend Report, Feb 13, 2013 @ Elegant Plus, Sizes 12-34w

Polka Dots Plus-Size Fashion Trend Report, Feb 13, 2013 @ Elegant Plus, Sizes 12-34w | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

Polka dots are fun, flirty and one of the hottest trends for spring. From casual Keds for the classic woman to bold colors in mixed graphic prints for the artier style fashionista it's a print that works for everybody!

Take polka dots to work with sophisticated tone-on-tone blouses or pretty black and white dresses. Go retro with a polka dot swimsuit or fitted shirt dress. Rev up your intimate wardrobe with playful polka dot bras.

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The Plus-Size Blogging Craze

The Plus-Size Blogging Craze | Plus-Size Fashion and Style | Scoop.it

Unlike “thinspiration” blogs that feature aspirational photos of the scary-skinny, fatshion blogs use their authors as models. With titles like Fatty Unbound, Fat Shopaholic, FuckYeahChubbyFashion, In the Thick of It— along with Pronto's own Fatshion Daily—these women are reclaiming the word “fat” and hoping to remove at least some of its stigma. After all, we know the irony: despite more than 50 percent of American women being a size 14 and above, models, magazines and clothing stores remain the domain of the 00. Most stores rarely stock above a size 12.

But can't unabashed fat and fashion go together, too?

"Too often, we’re told that if you’re above a certain size you should dress to look slimmer and hide the bits you don't like," says Diane Dennis, of Fat Girls Like Nice Clothes Too. "I just [want] to say, ‘To hell with all that—I’m FAT! I like nice clothes and I’m not hiding from anyone.'”

They may not be changing the runways of Fashion Week just yet— Vogue’s yearly reluctant nod to “real” bodies in their “Shape” issue has never actually featured a plus-sized cover model—but the bloggers are working to create their own looks. Some host clothing swaps, whether in real life or online, while others have online stores. Some collaborate on resale blogs devoted to curvy customers (there’s Fatsale, FatshionXchange and even a Facebook page called FatToo where you can buy, sell, and trade clothing over a size 20).

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