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One Stop Plus Brings Plus Size Fashion To New York Fashion Week

During the middle of New York Fashion Week, I went to Rose Hall at Lincoln Center where the wonderful people at Onestopplus.com got together to create a plus size fashion show at New York Fashion Week. That is something that many thought would never happen, but it did. Gabby Sidibe, Nikki Blonsky, Caroline Manzo, celebrity stylist and author Phillip Bloch, Marie Claire columnist Ashley Falcon, and designer Monif C were in attendance. Fashion bloggers Gabi from Young, Fat and Fabulous, Tiffany from The Fat Shopaholic, and Christina from The Musings of a Fatshionista were also there. Models Lizzie Miller, Toccara Jones and Ashley Graham walked in the show, while Emme, Whitney Thompson, and Fluvia Lacerda watched from their seats in the audience.

The clothes were stunning. Everyone there was pleasantly surprised by how trendy, beautiful, and flattering the clothes were. The collection was divided into four parts called Artisan Drape, Acquatica Lace, Ethereal Denim, Cargo Femme, and Guilded Shine. The Belle Epoque collection featured soft pastel and sherbet colors for spring. Light, airy fabrics were shaped into not so short shorts, practical tanks, flowing maxi dresses, breezy tops, beautiful embellished blouses, and carrot pants.

The designers really thought about this collection. They didn’t design with the muu-muu in mind. They designed for the plus size woman who is ready for a life of style. Everyone was left wondering when and if these too good to be true clothes would go on the One Stop Plus website. I, for one, hope that not only do these clothes go online, but I hope that they stage another fashion show next season and make this a permanent thing.

Sooo Not Impressed

I love Elle. I love Gabby Sidibe. What I don’t like is how they played her on the 25th anniversary cover of Elle. They way they chopped her off and gave her that jinky weave/wig/whatever that is on her head just pisses me off. It is an honor to have someone like her, i.e. plus sized and black on any fashion magazine, but they did her all kinds of wrong.
Gabourey Sidibe Elle Cover
Clutch Magazine says this is why we need more black fashion directors, and I agree. If we had more black people in the fashion industry in general, we would have someone who would know how to do her hair. Black people have a different texture had that with the proper knowledge isn’t that hard to take care of.

The fashion industry is seemingly damned if they do, or damned if they don’t. We don’t want to come off ungrateful; we’d be the very ones complaining or dishing critical commentary on why no Black actresses are making glossy covers. We just ask one simple thing: always have an expert, weave/wig/Black hair specializing stylist on the set. Black women’s hair is sort of a serious matter.

All in all, I am happy for Gabby’s cover. I just wish it was executed better. Photos from Clutch.