Friday, June 20 - Indie Designer Showcase Participants
ASK FASHION by Amanda KokerAmanda Koker is an emerging Boston-based Fashion Designer. She designs for all sizes, standard to plus, and wants every woman to feel beautiful and empowered. Her brand is ASK FASHION - she gives consumers what they are secretly, or not so secretly asking for: Good design, better fit and functionally, and above all else—style and flair. She is currently a featured designer with Boston-based fashion startup 19th Amendment. This is her debut Collection " Playful Elegance".
DEA LONDONA stylish And chic DESIGNER of plus-size office wear for fashion-forward women, Dea London is making a name for itself by ensuring that women in boardrooms and offices have style that matches their ability. Dea London’s collection aims to free real women from the belief that black, uninspired clothing is the only wardrobe solution for the 9-5. The stunning line aims to make every women feel confident in their office wear, ready to take on any challenges. The new collection is made from fabric that gives each garment a light and airy look and wonderfully comfortable feel. Soft wool and drapery crêpe together with silk -organza and silk-chiffon allow freedom of movement while maintaining a chic, office-appropriate look at all times. The capsule collection is packed full of flowing, elegant silhouettes and flattering cuts in utterly luxurious fabrics that can be worn all day long, and all designed to withstand the challenges of a demanding career and busy office or boardroom environment. Designed for successful, professional women all garments have been created to enhance all body shapes and pack a punch in the style stakes. Dea London is an investment in successful office wear, full of chic and professional garments that are formal enough to wear in the boardroom, and stylish enough to wear in the cocktail bar when the working day is done. The Dea London collection is available in sizes 16 – 26.
ELOCIN PLUSElocin Plus, the premier designer for the curvy fashionista, is a new age fashion forward design house that caters to plus size women (sizes 14 -28) that are not afraid of expressing themselves through an elite selection of high fashion apparel. Our selections of ready-to-wear-couture are a bit edgy but very much sophisticated -a bit trendy but extremely classic.
EYANI COUTURE by Sakinah B.Eyani Couture: high fashion couture clothing for the confident classy and curvy!!This line accommodates and compliments all types of ladies, from the everyday woman to those of celebrity status, offering glamour and sexy sophistication with trendsetting looks varying from party wear to red carpet gowns. This brand will evolve into the new “haute couture” line for curvy women worldwide.
KIANNA TRACY COLLECTION by Kianna Tracy18 years young, upcoming designer Kianna Tracy will bring her collection "Miss She" to the runway with designs to satisfy any woman's needs for her closet. Kianna designs for the confident woman with many tastes of sexy, conservative, flashy and flirty. This multi media collection is one to bring the urban flare yet elegance to the runway to show versatility in which is how Kianna describes her aesthetic as a designer. "Its understandable to create a single target audience but what fun is that? Every time I show my collections, I treat it like its a one time deal. So, I'm bringing it all so that it appeals to any woman's style yet still shows my skills and creativity." - Kianna Tracy
KIYOKO LINDEN By Shemeka BucknerThis collection is all about color. It's trendy, vibrant, comfortably and has a lot of lace. The audience will see the touches of 2014 spring/summer color palette- eye catching orange, vibrant purple, refreshing blues, grabbing green and runway red. Kiyoko Linden's 2014 spring/summer collection includes: varies ranges of length sized skirts; a colored blocked dress; dresses, pants, shorts and blouses. A collection that celebrates the lives of full-figured women by producing fashionable clothing and accessories that make them feel comfortable and look confident.
POPPY & BLOOMPoppy & Bloom brings you a collection of whimsical prints, timeless shapes, and flattering silhouettes in sizes 14+. Each dress in our collection has been designed to express the individual personality and confidence of the woman wearing it. High quality, thoughtful details, such as extra durable zippers, colorful lace hem-detailing and contrast lining give the dress a high-end, unique finish. All of our dresses have been tested on fit models of varying body shapes and sizes to ensure the best fit possible. We design, manufacture, and distribute our products in the US & Canada
RUE 114"Great style should be available in all sizes because fabulous, fierce, kick-ass women come in all sizes!"
Rue 114 is inspired by and created for women who believe that every shape and size should be celebrated as beautiful. This season, Rue 114 is proud to present its capsule 2014 collection, Adinkra 2.0. We chose to explore a more subtle color palette - combining unconventional fabrics such as PVC plastic with more traditional pairings such as lace and African “tie & dye”. Our goal for the season is to present a versatile ready-to-wear collection that is sophisticated, daring and fresh while referencing the aesthetics of traditional design. The 2014 capsule collection utilizes Ghanaian symbols, called Adinkra to present our vision for the season. Adinkra symbols are utilized heavily in traditional wax prints and woven kente fabrics. Each Adinkra symbol has a specific meaning/ representation.* We have chosen to incorporate modern laser-cutting, foil-printing, and appliqué techniques to treat non-traditional fabrics, thereby melding tradition with innovation in our presentation of fashion inspired by the African design aesthetic.
About the Brand
In January of 2012, Serwah Asante launched Rue 114 as a platform upon which to celebrate beauty and style at all sizes. Inspiration for the Rue 114 brand is deeply informed by the designer’s Ghanaian roots, New York City upbringing, and eternal love of travel. Each collection is born of the global perspective and responds to the call of what today's woman; whether in Laos, Lagos, or Los Angeles; needs to be edgy, unique, powerful, and always feminine.
SERITA BELL by Cassandra SmithSerita Bell is a Contemporary ready-to-wear clothing line for today's Modern Woman. The line is Bold, Edgy, Sexy, with feminine silhouettes. The Designer's technical knowledge of garment's proper fit, combined with her creative abilities, results in a new confident line for curvy women.
TIA LYN (a division of Golyta International)Vintage Collection
Be as glamourous as old Hollywood was with this vintage-inspired collection. You will melt when you feel the soft, sheer fabric of the garments and see the beautiful, classic eyelash lace. It will be the most comfortable lingerie you will ever wear that you will barely notice it’s there.
Blurring the lines between inner and outerwear, the Core Collection is a necessity for today’s modern woman. With beautiful stretch lace and luxurious satin, these pieces combine classic designs with convenience in the most delicious ways.
The underpinnings of a woman should be just as lovely as she is. The soft fabric with the metallic lace makes for a smooth appearance underneath your wardrobe yet is beautiful enough to be eye-catching lingerie as well.
TWENTYFOUR20 by Allison McGevnaTwentyFour20 features designs made to make a woman's curves look their absolute best and ensure that each one of our customers stops traffic and breaks a few hearts when she enters a room.
Saturday, June 21 - Boutiques/Retailers/All Star Showcase Participants
BETTY JEAN COUTURE by Kenneth DoswellKenneth Doswell is the Owner and founder of Betty Jean Couture and Doswell Manufacturing and Design House (DMDH) located at 3537 N. Williams Ave in Portland, Oregon. He grew up in the apparel industry in Pasadena, California, starting at the age of 8 years old sweeping floors and cleaning the cutting rooms for several women and men’s clothing stores. After several years of being self taught he along with his father and brother opened Betty Jean Apparel Co., named after Kenneth’s mother.
In 1999 Kenneth bought property in a historically American area of Portland, Oregon and opened Betty Jean Couture. There he not only design for his collection but also offer contract sewing and pattern making services for local designers.
Kenneth believes the market for high fashion in sizes 14 and above is under served and unappreciated. Nevertheless, he spends countless hours creating collections that are classic, tailored and simply awe inspiring.
Kenneth is married to his wife of 22 years Michelle Doswell and has 10 year old daughter who reads, write and speak fluent Mandarin Chinese.
DUKE N DUTCHESS by Tyrell HolmesBaltimore native Tyrell Holmes, who now resides in Atlanta, is redefining sophistication through Fashion, Cosmetology, and Lifestyle. With a background in Costume Design that spans 3 decades. Mr. Holmes has been able to infuse Haute Couture techniques with Prêt-à-Porter "Ready to Wear" and created a fashion style unique to him and received by millions. Raised in the church, appreciator of the Arts, a lover of music and PASSIONATE about his craft, that he has turned into a CAREER. My collection is dedicated to the memory of Mia Amber. "Heaven couldn't wait. "
EGO BOUTIQUE - Yolanda Ann, FounderE.G.O.----------------Edgy,Glamorous and On point
E.G.O. is not your ordinary boutique in Houston, Texas.. E.G.O. is an environment to gain the perfect fit for every item through custom designs and fittings. We offer customization for every need.
E.G.O. Boutique offers new styles and trends every two weeks to keep the collection current and new at all times. A variety of original designs ranging from updated bodycons, marvelous maxis and chic jumpsuits which can be simply difficult to resist. Additionally E.G.O. offers tasty everyday wear from cotton jersey dresses to pellazo bottoms. The styles within E.G.O. are available in different sizes ranging from 4 to 22.
E.G.O. Boutique believes in giving back to the community and society while enjoying all fashions that takes place amongst the world whether styling, assisting or just running a small business takes place.
ICE CREAM LADY HOSIERYIn December 2009, Latrice and her husband Ervin Smith launched a unique adult ice cream novelty created specifically for married couples. The new business was thriving and grabbing the attention of Southtown Star Newspaper, Ndigo Magazine, Rolling Out Magazine, and Chicago Defender Newspaper. She and her husband appeared on WCIU You and Me this Morning with Jeanne Sparrow. Doug Banks of V103 also promoted their product on the show on three separate occasions in 2011 and 2012.
In August 2012, The Ice Cream Lady Haute Fishnet Hosiery line was launched and Latrice officially became The Ice Cream Lady. The fishnets are making a fashion statement and a huge comeback. Latrice has made black her signature color and fishnet hosiery her fashion trademark. This line not only caters to the regular size woman but also to the full figure, which is referred to as Curvy. Currently, the hosiery is sold in select Walgreens in Chicago, online and in 10 upscale boutiques. Latrice and her Team ICL members were recently featured on Fox 32 News and the segment was named Fishnet Friday in her honor. In April 2014, Latrice was honored as one of Chicago Defender's 2014 Women of Excellence. In May 2014, Latrice was featured as one of the first Mom Entrepreneur on You and Me this Moring WCIU. In an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence, Latrice continues to host an annual Classy Lady Champagne Brunch with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the South Suburban Family Shelter (her mom was a survivor). Latrice is the mother of one daughter, Ashlyn and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and a host of other organizations. Her favorite quote is "Nevermind my name just remember my Brand"
KIYONNA CLOTHING™A leader in the plus size clothing industry, Kiyonna™ has styled curvy women with its collection of contemporary plus-size dresses and separates since 1996. The modern yet feminine styles are offered exclusively in sizes 0x-5x and can be found online and in specialty boutiques across the country and beyond. The Company is passionate and proud to boast that 100% of its collection is made ethically in the U.S.A. (in Orange County, California). The Kiyonna Team is also known for being champions of appreciating the beauty of their customers in every shape and size. With the debut of the Company’s “Real Curves” program in 2012, women between sizes 10-32 are celebrated for their style and beauty on the company’s website, www.kiyonna.com. The heart and passion the Kiyonna Team has for its customers also extends to its community at large. Kiyonna’s generous reputation for performing random acts of kindness knows no boundaries and can be witness through the Company’s commitment and support of local and national charities and grass roots movements.
MODAMIX by Brandon ThomasTHE WAIT IS OVER! It’s finally arrived! No more day-dreaming of contemporary plus size high fashion. Your dream has become a reality and her name is ‘MODAMIX’. Brandon Thomas Co., LTD. is excited to announce the launching of their fashion forward plus size clothing line. Modamix fills a void in the marketplace by offering a collection of clothing that is both stylish and comfortable for the contemporary plus woman.
ROBERT E. KNIGHTThis collection celebrates my love for the plus size Women !...She's always runway ready. I've focused on fit..its all about fit,..and color..I love color..but the greatest love ...always.. is her sporting her favorite accessory..her smile!
SHANDA STYLE by Shanda FreemanShanda Style created by clothing Designer Shanda Freeman premiered at Maryland Fashion Week in 2012 and during New York Fashion Week that same year! Upon the heels of her successful first collection,"Gemini" Shanda premiered her Spring 2013 "Oceana Collection" at BET'S RIP THE RUNWAY at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC! This year at FFF WEEK Shanda Style offers a first look at her new venture in taking Shanda Style in a new direction. Her brand will be launching it's new online boutique that offers Shanda's unique and classy style at prices that every woman can afford! Shanda Style truly encompasses today's modern woman with Class, Beauty and Inspiration!
TRU DIVA DESIGNS by Veronica L.Accentuating a woman’s contours, and creating flattering lines is only part of the designer’s recipe, her decidedly contemporary designs are characterized by an exquisite attention to detail, impeccable construction and use of rich luxurious fabrics. Empowered with an innate talent for fashion design, Veronica Lipscomb is making her fashionable dreams a reality. From structured outerwear to glamorous evening gowns, Tru Diva has a myriad of fashion for the plus sized woman. Sophistication, style, and confidence, make a TRU DIVA.
TRU DIVA is curvy, conscious clothing for the fashion-forward woman. . Do you want to know the Truth? Knowing the truth is only the beginning – TRU DIVA designs by Veronica L.