For the second year in a row, New York will host Full Figured Fashion Week from June 16th to June 19th. According to a press release for the event, in addition to runway shows, there will be a panel series for plus-size models and fashion insiders — one focusing on “The State of the Curvy Community” and one specifically geared toward aspiring models — as well as a day-long shopping tour of Manhattan’s most fashionable plus-size stores.
Organizer Gwen Devoe explained the purpose and importance of Full Figured Fashion week, citing that the plus-size consumer is spending over $25 billion dollars a year on clothes. It’s a market that must be acknowledged and must be catered to, even in an industry so focused on maintaining a smaller size.
“Crystal Renn became a household name. Vogue Curvy debuted to great fanfare. Stores like Forever 21 and Target launched new, hip plus size lines. But we’re still not there–plus-size fashion is still not being taken seriously enough by the industry. It’s not a novelty–it’s a reality for millions of women across the country.”
For more information on Full Figure Fashion Week, and a full schedule of events, click here.