On the heels of last year’s success, the third annual Full Figured Fashion Week is returning to New York. Beginning on June 16, international designers specializing in sizes 12+ will debut their designs in a whirlwind of presentations spanning three days.
Organizer of Full Figured Fashion week Gwen Devoe told the New York Daily News that more than 1,000 people are predicted to turn out for the grand finale. “It’s been crazy,” she added. “It’s just exploding. Women are finally getting a chance to see fashion come alive on models with bodies they can relate to.”
Perhaps curvy(er) acceptance began last spring, when we witnessed Marc Jacobs send Bar Refaeli and Laetitia Casta down the runway for Louis Vuitton, while Miuccia Prada selected a bevy of Victoria’s Secret beauties to rock her ruffle-front frocks. Or it could be traced to the emergence of supermodel Lara Stone, whose relative voluptuousness didn’t hold her back from scoring the number one spot on Models.com. More recently, however, we’ve seen the pro-curvy mantle taken up by proponents of the full-figured movement. Take, for example, the latest issue of Vogue Italia, which showcased plus-size models on the cover as well as in a risqué lingerie-inspired spread (lensed by Steven Meisel, no less).
As for the upcoming Full Figured Fashion Week, it has all the traditional trappings of its straight size counterpart. While the sartorial crowd flocks to events, participants have a chance to attend sample sales and trunk shows. Clothing runs the gamut from eveningwear to swimwear, all designed with high fashion in mind. Americans are happy to spend on designers that celebrate and complement fuller figures, Devoe says. And considering that the event is nearly sold out, it seems that many Americans would agree.