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Stylish Monday

This classy and sophisticated look is great to start out any work week. Professional enough for the boardroom, a business meeting or power lunch, yet feminine enough to express your own personal style, you will definitely make some important Monday moves in this fashionable outfit!

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Vivienne Westwood Red Label silk blouse
$195 – harveynichols.com

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Zara shoes
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ALDO imitation purse
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John Lewis black belt
$34 – johnlewis.com
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Africa Fashion Week

Written by Samara Swafford

Photography by Saundra Heath & Samara Swafford

The ambiance at Africa Fashion Week can only be described as electric. Freedom to express one’s creativity appeared to be the main theme of the night. By mixing traditional patterns with contemporary silhouettes, designers: Sana Redwani, Khadija Moroccan, Admas Mahdere, Farai Simoyi, Sydney-Davies, Cinnamon & Pearl, Catherine Addai, and Maze Couture showcased their interpretation of who the modern woman is.

Sana Redwani’s collection De Velasco evoked a feeling of regality and traditionalism. Featuring rich neutrals mixed with different textures; velvet, lace, and sequin were staples throughout the collection. A beautiful floor length rose gold sequin gown glided down the runway, with a black sash accentuating the waist; would make the perfect dress for any formal occasion. De Velasco also, featured a rich black velvet caftan with gold accents cascading down the bust cinched at the waist with a gold tassel, paired with black pants underneath an ethereal, loose fitting, black fabric.

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Khadija Moroccan’s collection Moroccan Caftan NY presented the traditional caftans in a new and exciting way. Showcasing a white caftan with black embroidery and sheer black sleeves and a gorgeous green floral, floor length, caftan with gold embroidery and accents.

AFW-2013-1-(2)-with-stampAdmas Mahdere, a fan favorite, mixed contemporary silhouettes with traditional patterns. One of Admas’ most popular, and versatile looks featured an all white mini dress with a woven top that stopped at the midriff and gave way to a controlled flowing white fabric. The dress was also shown with 2 different options- a maxi and wedding dress with a mermaid bottom. Gorgeous. Playing with texture and proportion, an extreme V sleeveless, navy and platinum, tribal print top sashayed down the runway paired with lust-worthy platinum cigarette pants.

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Farai Simoyi opened her mesmerizing collection with a black and white tribal print skater dress with a small cutout neck; perfect for hanging out with friends or date night. Interpreting the recurring theme of color blocking, Farai presented, a fuchsia and magenta, color blocked, high waisted pencil skirt with black accents, and a matching color blocked crop top. Creating a colorful illusion, Farai created a multi colored green kaleidoscope pattern that was seen on skinny pants and a matching cutout top with hot pink accents; the perfect attention grabbing outfit for any fun occasion.

AFW-2013-4-with-stampSydney-Davies, another fan favorite, showcased her ability to mix patterns, trends and silhouettes in her brightly colored collection. A color blocked (bright orange and fuchsia) kimono coat, worn with a rust colored tribal print top, paired with camel wide leg high-waisted pants graced the runway. This look would be perfect for either cocktail hour or, if worn with a different top, for the workplace. Another fun look was a color blocked mini dress with orange, pink, blue, and an exciting twist… plastic! Sydney-Davies showcased her talent in not only mixing ideas, but also patterns and fabrics.

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Cinnamon & Pearl presented their traditional yet flirty collection. A red knee length double peplum strapless dress, a fan favorite, floated down the runway. Evoking the feeling of true elegance and glamor. A fun contemporary look shown was a mustard short sleeve double peplum top with a navy and fuchsia patterned pencil skirt; perfect for the workplace or any occasion.

AFW-2013-6-with-stampCatherine Addai’s collection Kaela Kay, commanded the audience’s attention. Also exploring the idea of mixing patterns and textures, Kaela Kay showcased looks that were innovative and expressive. Reinterpreting tradition with contemporary ideas; a 50’s inspired short-sleeved colored pinstriped dress, with African accents (circular designs) around the waist and bottom, put this idea into fruition. Exploring elements of geometry, Kaela Kay featured a geometric African printed top (beige, green, and orange) paired with a peplum patterned skirt. By mixing textures, a yellow pinstriped sleeveless top, was taken to the next level fabulosity, paired with a green tribal African print under a sheer green patterned (circles and yellow flowers) sparkly skirt. This look is perfect any occasion.

AFW-2013-8Reinterpreting traditional fabrics and textures into modern fashion was taken to the next level during Africa Fashion Week. Creative freedom was seen throughout the show. The clothes evoked a feeling of excitement and exploration, that involved taking the past, and it’s fashion, and turning it into something that the 21st century woman would want to wear. The designers created collections that were not only beautifully executed, but accessible for the everyday woman.

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Fashion on the Hudson

Article by Iman Gulston

Photography by Brianna Ek

On Saturday July 13, the fashionably inclined came out to the Free Fashion on the Hudson show at the Riverbank State Park. The show, presented by Fashion Avenue News Magazine featured local and faraway talent. The audience in attendance was also dressed to impress. The models who sauntered down the catwalk varied in age and even included some school aged kids with serious attitude. Not only did the show feature fashion, but entertainment as well. Viewers enjoyed a violin performance, a little opera, and even some belly dancing.

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Fashion Avenue News, who organized the event presented awards to notables in the fashion community and even presented a Fashion Icon Award to Spinderella of Salt-N-Pepa fame.

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There were a variety of pieces included in the show from couture to more casualwear but a clear fan favorite was a dramatic floor-length purple evening gown. The audience responded with extra loud applause and audible gasps at its appearance.

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Of the designers featured, one who truly stood out was Clarence Black an F.I.T. graduate. His collection utilized a palette of beige, champagne, and muted brown but the silhouette and details of his pieces were eye-catching. An especially unique piece was a floral-printed silk skirt suit with a rope belt. The shape of the sleeves and the collar really set the piece apart.

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Fashion Designer Clarence Black

Fashion Designer Clarence Black

The cloudy skies definitely did not put a damper on the energy of the event and all who attended enjoyed the spectacle.

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Curves for a Cure Rocks the Runway during FFFWeek

by Trisha Sanyal

A fabulous night of curves, fashion, celebrities, and searching for a cure! That was the headlining mission for this year’s Curves for a Cure Runway Show at Full Figured Fashion Week.  Held at the beautiful Affinia Hotel, the Fitzgerald Ballroom was filled with movers and shakers in the plus size fashion industry and was lined with unbelievable pieces that were featured in the show.  The pink carpet was alive, the models breathtaking, and the ballroom was glittering with flashing lights and live music.

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The ballroom was decorated in fluorescent purple and pink lights highlighting the Breast Cancer Awareness theme with a sense of femininity from the soft colors and flashing lights.  Each seat housed its own goodie bag with little products from various sponsors and event vendors. The back of the ballroom welcomed each guest with cheese, crackers, and fruit as well as a FULL bar and signature cocktail to wash down the delightful appetizers with.  The signature cocktail, dubbed the name “Sonsitinis” was a delicious blend of a green apple and vodka martini, made especially for Curves for a Cure provided by event sponsor Sonsi.

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Toy Monique, the official Face of FFF 2013, did an impeccable job of hosting the runway show as she graced the audience at her post at the top of the runway.  Monique is no stranger to when it comes to keeping the audience hyped up and alive with her bubbly personality.

Models included Lucille O’Neal (Shaq’s mom), Yolanda Moore (Two-time WNBA Champion) ,  Marie Denee (The Curvy Fashitonista), Gwen DeVoe (founder and CEO of FFFWeek), Rosie Mercado, and Kaela Humphries.  Each model worked the runway like a pro and had the crowd roaring with cheers and whistles.  It was a truly a glorious night of HOT full figured fashion in honor of a very noble cause to raise awareness and find a cure for breast cancer.

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Indie Runway Show Makes A Splash on Full Figured Fashion Week

Article by Ada Mbogu

Photography by Saundra Heath

What do you get when you mix cutting edge designs, beautiful, curvy women and a dosage of elegance?-an extravagant runway show celebrating full figured women and culture.
Women of all shades, shapes and colors gathered in the Financial District’s illustrious Broad Street Ballroom to view the latest styles hitting the scene at the Indie Designer Showcase this past Friday.
As part of Full Figured Fashion Week, the runway show showcased individual designers creating fabulous looks for plus size women; something that has not been done often within the fashion industry.
This year’s Indie Designer showcase pushed the envelope on what plus size fashion is really all about. Instead of using over-sized garments, unflattering silhouettes and daunting patterns that your own grandmother wouldn’t wear, the designs painted a beautiful portrait of a woman decked out in trendy and bold styles that accentuate  her curves while still looking fierce.
The show began with a performance by trio singing group, The Glamazons, who brought their sex appeal and raw energy to the runway.
The beautiful models graced the runway next wearing designs by On Oz, which featured figure hugging Midi dresses and my personal favorite, an ivory knee length dress complete with flowered accented shoulders.
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Next up was Amiiee, whose designs brought more of an elegant meets chic vibe to the runway with her collection. The dresses and garments were paired bold and flavorful prints, and rich colors, while each model looked sassy strutting their stuff.
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ZMJ Denim showcased a unique collection of curvy models breaking down the stereotype that full figured women can’t look sexy rocking denim jeans. Between a standard white denim ensemble and beautiful black and white floral denim suit with an embellished neckline, nothing says I’m comfortable in my skin more by wearing and looking fabulous in a pair of jeans.
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But perhaps some of the crowds (and my personal) favorite designs were from The Skinny Billionairess and Rue 114, who happened to win The 2013 Designer of the Year award.
The Skinny Billionairess’s rendition of a Greek Goddess came in full swing while models walked down the runway wearing breathtaking gowns of stoic colors, patterns and thigh high splits.
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Rue 114 made a tidal wave on the runway, infusing African print designs with a modern twist. The crowd was excited to see how the African aesthetic can intertwine and be worn so uniquely by full figured  women.
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Other designers featured in the Indie showcase were Elocin, Nakimoli, Tru Diva Designs, Youtheary Khmer, huudaverti, T~TymeLady Couture, Live Unlimited London and Sean Anthony Designs Inc., each dropping heavy heat with their collections, while the vivacious crowd savored every moment.
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But behind every great show, is a great mind and innovator who was able to follow her goals and turn them into success.
Since 2009, Gwendolyn Devoe, who was host of the runway show and is the creative and executive producer of Full Figured Fashion Week, has seen her vision come alive with the events getting larger and more innovative and more importanly, being able to empower curvy women to remain confident and stay beautiful.
“Today Full Figured Fashion Week offers 20 events and 4 runway shows featuring 50 curvy models selected from a 13-city national tour,” said Devoe.
“As we celebrate 5 years of confident, beautiful women of all sizes, but also we hope to celebrate and empower not only plus size women but the plus size fashion industry as a whole.”
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Bloomingdales Full Figured Fashion Week

by Samara Swafford

Photography by Brianna Ek

Full Figured Fashion Week has come to an end this year. At this year’s Bloomingdales exclusive runway presentation, contemporary designers took center stage. Ralph Lauren, Vince Camuto, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, etc. debuted their idea prediction for the next popular trend. Hosted by Sharon Quinn, “The Original Runway Diva”, and Gwen DeVoe, founder of Full Figured Fashion Week. A panel of judges, from the curvy community included: Stephy Allen, Corinne LaShay, and Meagan O’Connor, made commentary on the collections. The chant of the night was: “Love your body, embrace your shape, and SHOP!”.

International fashion bloggers from: Paris, Italy, and Puerto Rico were in attendance. The most popular looks among the audience were: A-line dresses, umpire waist dresses , patterns, and floral print. A word of advice from the panel of judges, “you don’t have to wear a trend, just because it’s a trend.” Here are some of the shows highlights:

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Full Figured Fashion Week Press & Buyers Reception

      by Elisa Deterville-Martin

Fashion tastemakers and media elite were all in attendance at the Full Figured Fashion Week Press & Buyers Reception on Tuesday afternoon June 18th, an opportunity for individuals to purchase select pieces from designers. When I first arrived I had no idea what to expect. Originally I pictured designers and potential clients sitting around a huge round table with images of fashion pieces discussing quantities and values; an idea I got from watching the fashion documentary The September Issue way too many times. It actually turned out to be something totally different. I quickly realized that it was time to put my networking skills to the test, and personally get to know the designers and what inspired them to go after their dreams.

Walking into the Fitzgerald Ballroom at the Affinia Hotel NYC, I noticed all the designers were stationed around tall bar tables with information about their fashion lines displayed. Most designers had an assistant or a business partner, and stunning models to bring their pieces to life. It was definitely lighthearted and fun as we posed for photos with the models and the designers while laughing over drinks; yet they (models and designers) were still able to remain business minded while attracting buyers and press. When talking to designers such as Serwah Asante (Rue 114) and Lori Ruffin (Sean Anthony Designs), there was definitely a common theme amongst them all- for curvaceous women to love their curves and love the way they looked and felt in their outfit of the day ranging from swimwear to evening wear. Whether one was a newcomer or a seasoned veteran, all the designers loved what they do- make clothing that made women look good and feel beautiful.

Here are some of the featured designers and looks I came across:

EloCin: The brand’s designer mixes sexy and sophistication! Feminine shapes mixed with edgy designs and cuts. Elocin woman are desirable, intelligent, powerful and fashion forward.

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ZMJ JEANS: ZMJ Denim caters to the plus sized market. ZMJ is founded by the Jones sisters. Both are graduates of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. This company strives to stay on top of the latest trends, keeping it young and relevant.

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TRU DIVA DESIGNS: A plus sized women’s wear collection for the beauty of real curves.  Tru Diva Designs is inspired by its creator Veronica L after not finding clothing that she felt sexy and sophisticated in which appreciated her curves. Tru Diva Designs is the epitome of sophistication, style and confidence.

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Sean Anthony Designs: Founder and CEO of Sean Anthony Designs Lori Ruffin began her quest in 2009 with a clothing line coats for the “average sized woman.” Which she thought was roughly a size 10, until her mother enlightened her. With that, she began to design a line that focused on accentuating a fuller figured woman.

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Huudaverti: A collaboration by Australian designers, the brand is now based in NYC. Huudaverti first made its appearance at the 2012 Fiji Fashion Week. With design inspiration blossoming from the 1970’s, these designers are ready to bring their overseas fashion to the United States.

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Swim Sexy: For over a decade, Swimsuits For All has been one of the nation’s leading retailers of swimsuits on the east coast. For the last eight years Swim Sexy has reached an audience of over half a million, catering to curvaceous women with the sexy design and perfect fit.

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Curvy Couture: The owner of this lingerie line has been a seamstress/lingerie designer for 20 years. She wanted to acknowledge full figured women, and how they to want to feel sexy behind closed doors.

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Rue 114: After attending Dartmouth and majoring in Pre-Med, these ladies knew their true calling was designing. These two are definitely an eclectic bunch pulling inspiration from everything and everywhere.

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Amiiee: Luxurious fashion for the average woman, Amiiee, an exclusive luxury designer brand, provides pieces for plus sized woman both nationally and internationally. Descending from a family of traditionally European designers, Amiiee is now primarily based in NYC.

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Skinny Billionairess: Originally spawning as an accessories line, Pamela Wood’s designs give her clients everything from erotic to vintage. She shifts the paradigm from high end fabrics, to evocative cuts all done by hand. Her designs are now featured in fashion magazines.

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OnOz: A new comer on the scene. This Paris, France based designer has definitely accomplished a lot within the one year she has launched. Almost all of her designs are inspired by a landmark in France.

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Khloe Kardashain VS Nicki Minaj VS Rocsi Diaz in Giuseppe Zanotti

Khole wore them, Nicki wore them, Rocsi wore them but who wore them the best?

Khloe Kardashian was spotted at Ulta Beauty Store in Los Angeles where she promoted the family’s new tanning lotion, Sun Kissed. Khloe was wearing a pair of blue Giuseppe Zanotti the same shoes Nicki Minaj and Rocsi Diaz, former host of BET, are pictured wearing above .

All there ladies styled the shoe differently but who takes the look?

Here at Bronze Magazine we think Rocsi Diaz wins this battle. The blue of the Giuseppes bring out the blue flowers on her dress, completing her look.

Who do you think won this battle?

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