>ONE STOP PLUS MAKES HISTORY WITH PLUS SIZE FASHION SHOW AT MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK

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On a breezy sunny afternoon up the the block from the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week tents, fashion history was being made. Online plus size mall One Stop Plus set out to conquer an industry that shuns anyone with a little meat on their bones. They have dared to do the unthinkable, put together the first plus size fashion show at NYC Fashion Week.

As I raced up the steps from the 59th street train station, my heart was pounding with excitement and all kinds of thoughts were racing through my head. Who’s going to be here, are the clothes going to be nice, will this show change the industry? Once I arrived at the Jazz center the place was packed with celebrities from oscar nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe to ABC Family “Huge” star Nikki Blonsky. As everyone sipped champagne and chatted about their expectations and hopes for the show, all the guest were alerted that the show was about to start in 5 minutes. Once we took our seats and the lights dimmed, all you could see was the light shining on beautiful bodacious bodies like they were angels from above.

The S/S 2011 collection was named “Belle Epoque” which is acknowledged as “The Golden Age.” One Stop Plus believes that Belle Epoque perfectly captures this new golden age of plus size. “It was the era when fashion began to move in a yearly cycle, perfect for One Stop Plus.com’s first fashion show”

The collection was made up of five themes, Artisan Drape, Acquatica Lace, Ethereal Denim, Cargo Femme, and Guilded shine. There was a conglomeration of asymmetrical draped and ruffled dresses, cruise shorts, maxi skirts, and cargo style jackets. Any fashion loving curvy girl could appreciate the collection for its play on classic yet simplistic designs as well as the color combinations. Lace, sheer, and silk seemed to be the prevalent fabrics within the collection. They even sent a few models down the runway in cuffed cargo style shorts and mini dresses. The models were on fire as they sashayed down the runway twisting and turning and giving their best face. Toccara Jones a crowd pleaser looked fierce as she twirled on the runway. Model Marquita Pring was giving legs for days in a draped aquatic lace dress and Ashley Graham looked pretty and sweet in a baby doll lace dress.

What the collection did lack was that raw and unique edginess that plus size women envy from designers like Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen, and Rodarte. However, what the One Stop Plus fashion show did articulate was that a plus size woman can look sexy, sophisticated, and possess confidence in not only her body but in who she is as a woman.

Now, what does this show mean for the future of plus size fashion? That, I cannot answer yet. What I hope is that this show opens up the minds and wallets of the fashion industry nay sayer’s  to become financial backers for other great plus size designers so next year there can be more than just one plus size fashion show at fashion week. I also hope that it brings more professional work for known and unknown plus size models.

Thanks to One Stop Plus.com for taking the time, effort, and hard work to represent for the girls with a little  meat on their bones.

Checkout the collection for yourself.

 Artisan Drape
 Acquatic Lace
Ethereal Denim
Cargo Femme
  
Guilded Shine
 
 

>ONE STOP PLUS FASHION SHOW OOTD

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Hey curvy girls all over the world,
Yesterday was history in the making and I was so excited to be part of it. As you all know from my tweets, the One Stop Plus fashion show was yesterday. It was the first ever plus size fashion show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. I have tons of stuff to share with you guys, but, I thought I would start off with what I wore to the show.

I decided to go for a geometric print Calvin Klein (plus line) sweater mini dress that I am just smitten with. The quality of the dress is like no other sweater dress I’ve seen before. I scored this belt at NY&CO the morning of the show because I couldn’t decide whether to wear it belted or un-belted.

 Since it was a little breezy outside, I wore my favorite anorak (and only one) from H&M’s organic collection to add an unexpected touch to the dress.

I chose to rock my new suede ankle boots that I picked up at the Piperlime pop-up shop in Soho and my new Michael Kors watch, and earrings that I bought at Century 21.

Stay tuned to SC today because I have more photos and video to share with you about the historic fashion show.

What I’m wearing:
Dress: Calvin Klein
Boots: Michael Antonio
Earrings: Century21
Watch: Michael Kors
Belt: NY&CO
Bracelet-Loft

>STYLISH CURVES HITS UP THE ONE STOP PLUS PHOTO SHOOT

>Hey curvy girls all over the world,
This month Stylish Curves stopped by the One Stop Plus photo shoot to see what they had in store for the 2010 Fall season. This Fall season OSP is creating looks that are more fashionable with a few trendy pieces. To translate this look for their customer, OSP enlisted the help of two gorgeous plus size models, Marquita Pring from V Magazine’s first plus size issue and Camilla Hansen who starred in OSP’s commercials (Neither of them looked plus at all, but, that’s how the modeling industry is.). I had a chance to talk to OSP’s E-shop Manager Sora Golob. Checkout what she had to say about the Fall Collection and the photo shoot.

 Once I arrived at the shoot, I decided to chat it up with the models to get their thoughts on the clothes. I don’t shop at OSP, so, I wanted to get the models opinions of their clothes. Both Marquita and Camilla   said the clothes were very cute and that they would incorporate it in their daily wardrobes. Camilla also said she has a few things from past shoots with OSP that she loves. Go figure! I always thought OSP was for the more mature women who wanted to cover up her curvy body. Hearing the good review from the models themselves definitely made me want to give OSP a second look.
Here is how the day went:
    Models Marquita and Camilla getting ready for their close up
I’m such a groupie, I had to get a pic with the stunning Marquita Pring.
After chatting with the models I decided to be nosy and checkout the stylists corner to see what looks they pulled together for the shoot. This is some of the accessories the stylist brought to the shoot.
Here are the looks for the photo shoot.

I had to get a picture with Mimi the stylist. This is me in groupie mode again. I love when a stylist has an edgy rockin roll look 
Now, it’s back to business. The stylist is prepping Camilla for the first look of the day  
Model Camilla is stretching to get ready for her poses
I tried to sneak a picture of  Camilla and just like a model she caught me and struck a pose for my camera.
Final look

The photo shoot ran into overtime so I was not able to get pictures of the rest of the looks, but, I thought the military jacket was super cute. Overall, SC had a great time at the photo shoot.