Fashion Week Celebrates Curves
by Nicole Brewer
This year’s New Jersey Full Figure Fashion Week was held in Atlantic City, NJ from March 29-April 1, 2012 (njfffw.com). My friend and colleague of 15 years, Susan Moses, served as the official stylist, while Sheneen Zee and I worked with her to produce the runway shows for the event.
The weekend celebrated curvy women, featuring dozens of plus size designers as well as high power panel discussions with Hollywood’s plus size celebrities, including Hairspray’s Nikki Blonsky, MTV’s Chelsea Settles and America’s Next Top Model, Toccara Jones. The runway shows proved to be the highlight of the weekend showcasing over 38 plus size models and 125 looks, from size 12-22 in this spring’s hottest trends including swimwear, red carpet cocktail/evening and of course, bridal.
The bridal runway show opened and closed with gowns from David’s Bridal. As the first model went out in a gorgeous gown by Galina Signature, the crowd gasped, mesmerized by the dramatic design details, alluring fit & flare silhouette and unforgettable floral appliques. Later, Chasity closed the show in an Oleg Cassini gown, providing the fabulous finale that this breathtaking show truly deserved.
All the brides were accessorized simply with a single, oversized fantasy cocktail ring and wore effortlessly sexy hair & makeup, to focus the attention on the elegant details of every gown. Intricate beading, three-dimensional flowers, sweetheart necklines and cinched waistlines were outdone only by the wispy tulle and dramatic trains that floated down the catwalk with an ethereal beauty that inspired everyone in attendance.
The audience response was absolutely overwhelming. Most were impressed with the high-end quality of the gowns and excited to discover that their favorite designer wedding dresses from the show were from Galina Signature and Oleg Cassini and available in their size at David’s Bridal.
As a Style Council Member for David’s Bridal, I often feel like a messenger of hope and inspiration to brides everywhere. And at this very special fashion week, my mission was complete–to share with as many women as possible a message from David’s Bridal: You don’t have to sacrifice style on your big day because of your dress size. David’s celebrates women of all sizes!
On behalf of NJFFFW and celebrity stylist, Susan Moses, we thank David’s Bridal for their participation and generous support.