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HSG
25th June 2011, 00:49
<i>[NOTE: The images in this post have been licensed from Mr. Richard Lew, the official FFFWeek photographer. Their appearance here does not sanction any further distribution beyond this site. Any Web logs or publications seeking Mr. Lew's FFFWeek images must obtain them from his Web gallery, which can be found <a href="http://www.richardlew.com" target="_blank">here</a>.]</i>


While various labels featured two or even all three Judgment of Paris favourites at Full-Figured Fashion Week, a number of marques selected individual goddesses from the set to display their fashions on the runway.

One of the most familiar names in plus-size fashion on the West Coast, Vikki Vi recently changed proprietorship and opened a brick-and-mortar boutique in Los Angeles. Nothing that the label could have done could have better launched its new presence than sending one of its full-length dresses down the FFFWeek runway on gorgeous plus-size model Katherine Roll.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/13-vv-kr02.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/13-vv-kr-02a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>The dress framed her size-18 figure perfectly, its sleeveless design baring her gorgeous arms. Katherine possesses the most attractive arms of any model in the industry (so much so that it would veritably be a crime to cover them up), and the Vikki Vi dress displayed them in all of their full, rounded glory. The model's pose indicated her awareness of the allure of her shapely limbs, as she confidently exhibited her arms for all the world to see. Observe the seductive hint of fullness in her facial features. Her gaze transmits the intoxicating vanity and seductive self-satisfaction of a woman who recognizes the irresistible power of her own beauty.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/13-vv-kr02.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/13-vv-kr-02c.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>The dress also revealed a generous expanse of the model's neck-and-shoulder area, the sight of so much bare skin being a sensual yet relatively modest feature. Her flowing, golden tresses harmonized with her demeanour and with the relaxed, easygoing character of the garment, imparting a quality of unbridled luxuriance, of freedom from all inhibitions, an unrestrained enjoyment of the pleasures of life. Soaking up the admiration of every pair of eyes in the room, all transfixed by her dazzling, well-fed beauty, Katherine glowed with health and vitality.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/13-vv-kr01.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/13-vv-kr01a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>A closer view affords the opportunity to marvel at the golden cascade of her hair and at the hale, robust character of Miss Roll's look. She could easily have rested on beauty alone, but infused her runway presence with her vivacious personality, a vixenish sparkle in her eyes, thus relaying how wonderful any woman might feel in such an outfit. Katherine's arms, generously rounded but with a sensual hint of texture in the flesh, appeared even more seductive than the limbs of a Classical sculpture of Aphrodite.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/13-vv-kr01.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/13-vv-kr01f.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Learn more about this line by visiting the official Vikki Vi <a href="http://www.plusbydesign.com/FFFWeek/" target="_blank">web site</a> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vikki-Vi-Boutique/197251080315443" target="_blank">page</a><p><center>* * *</center><p>And now a word from our sponsors--or rather, the sponsors of Full-Figured Fashion Week.

Whatever contributions any other companies may have made to the success of the enterprise, FFFWeek is ultimately identified with one label: Sonsi, the multi-brand retailer from Charming Shoppes. We are delighted to give this marque a plug, not just for its ongoing FFFWeek sponsorship, but for fielding an eye-catching collection that included a showing from gorgeous plus-size model Lindsey Garbelman, seen here in a larger version of the image that accompanied the recent CNN article about the event.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/1-sonsi-l01.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/1-sonsi-l01a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>The term "sonsi" is defined as "a women having pleasing curves, curvaceous," and no adjectives could better describe Lindsey's opulent, size-18 loveliness. Miss Garbelman was attractive even in the images from last year's Full-Figured Fashion Week, but in this year's show, she fulfilled her potential to become one of the most stunning models in the industry. The rich beauty of her facial features was dazzling, thanks to the soft curve under her chin--an overwhelmingly sensual feature--and her figure gave the Sonsi outfit a generous, womanly shape.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/1-sonsi-l01.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/1-sonsi-l01b.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>The print in the skirt, the handbag, and the decorative design on the top together added considerable visual interest to the ensemble. The overcoat injected a welcome touch of organic colour (in the official yellow-green Sonsi shade), which made one think of the South African veldt or the rolling grass of the pampas.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/1-sonsi-l02.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/1-sonsi-l02a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Together with the safari theme in the other pieces in the outfit, this ensemble betokened a free spirit. Even if the wearer were strolling the city streets, its wild prints and zesty hue would provoke thoughts of a vacation in a warm clime. A goddess could don such an ensemble and subtly signal her passionate nature, her love of vintage ornateness (but not at the expense of comfort), her enjoyment of elegance (but mixed with fun).<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/1-sonsi-l02.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/1-sonsi-l02b.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>The complete Sonsi collection from Full-Figured Fashion Week, including another image of Miss Garbelman in her stylish outfit, can be viewed at the company's <a href="http://www.sonsiliving.com/blog/sonsi%E2%80%99s-newest-collection-hits-the-runway-at-full-figured-fashion-week-2011-in-nyc" target="_blank">web site</a>. Given that the entire FFFWeek enterprise exists thanks largely to Sonsi's resources, we should certainly support this visionary online retailer.<p><center>* * *</center><p>And finally, another key Full-Figured Fashion Week sponsor merits praise not just for helping to fund the event, but also for fielding a collection with a look modelled by Lindsey Garbelman.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/6-kmart-l01.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/6-kmart-l01a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>One of the distinguishing aspects of FFFWeek is that it does not showcase freakish, ugly designs that are unwearable monuments to designer egos, but rather, clothing that women can wear in real life. The ability to made casual attire look stunning is the hallmark of the finest plus-size models, for while any girl can stand out in a outré couture concoction, it takes a goddess of great beauty and talent to made a simple grey tunic top look this desirable:<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/6-kmart-l01.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/6-kmart-l01b.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Miss Garbelman's full facial features glowed with delight, while her soft physique formed the outfit into a sensual, curvy shape. Not even in the most overpriced Gaultier gown could a minus-size waif look half as ravishing as Lindsey did in this simple but pretty top, with its decorative beading at the neckline and body-embracing fit.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/6-kmart-l02.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/6-kmart-l02a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Freed from any figure-distorting misshape-wear, the model's luxurious curves were lovingly delineated by the grey fabric, which also defined the womanly curve of her hips. Her brunette mane flowed thickly over her shoulders, framing the opulence of her facial features. She paraded down the runway with complete confidence, demonstrating the superior beauty of the genuinely full female figure, showing off her outfit in a way that no faux-plus model nor waif could ever achieve.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/6-kmart-l02.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/6-kmart-l02b.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Kmart's web site is, of course <a href="http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/c_10151_10104_Clothing_Women%27s+Plus?adCell=WF&i_cntr=1308976812921" target="_blank">Kmart.com</a>. Lindsey appears regularly in its advertising circulars, so the company was already familiar with her work when it select its FFFWeek models. No one could have been a better fit for Kmart, thanks to her stunning beauty, her resplendent figure, and her flawless runway technique.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/6-kmart-l03.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/fffweek2011/6-kmart-l03a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Congratulations to Vikki Vi for its memorable FFFWeek debut, and kudos to Sonsi and Kmart for sponsoring the event and for producing attractive, wearable collections. And above all, bravo to these three marques for selecting such gorgeous plus-size models to walk in their shows. Every item presented in this thread looked ten times more appealing on Katherine and Lindsey--on girls who are gorgeous and genuinely full-figured--than they would have appeared on lesser models. Seeing these goddesses in such pretty outfits demonstrated that, contrary to media myths, all clothing look <i>better</I> on plus-size bodies. Full-Figured Fashion Week's runway shows have proven that fact, once and for all.

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Pamela
30th June 2011, 13:42
Sonsi has now posted a video of its runway show. It's wonderful to get a taste of what the FFFWeek experience must have been like for those who attended.

Lindsey walks the runway from 0:55 in the video and onwards. The camera catches a gorgeous close-up of her face. She looks curvy and beautiful, and hers is definitely the standout outfit in the collection.

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The collection appears breezy and comfortable, and looks even more appealing in motion than in still photos. I'm glad that Sonsi posted this video, for those of us who weren't lucky enough to be there in New York!

Tanya
11th July 2011, 10:47
Sonsi has just released an interesting behind-the-scenes video showing glimpses of the FFFWeek finale. It includes a shot at the beginning (0:06) of a smiling, happy Lindsey Garbeman in the lineup for the Sonsi fashion show. Also, the video concludes with a look at the final runway parade of all of the event's models. Starting at 2:34, Kelsey appears regal in her Queen Grace gown, while Katherine follows shortly thereafter, looking luscious in her sleeveless Vikki Vi dress.

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It's always a pleasure to get another look at what was, without question, the most exciting runway show that the plus-size fashion industry has ever produced.

Shelley
29th September 2011, 12:12
The newest video from FFFWeek presents the Vikki Vi show, which features Katherine Roll in an especially memorable presentation.

This video shows so much that the still images cannot. I'm not usually a fan of maxi dresses, but Katherine does things with her dress that makes it look fantastic. She walks with real authority, with poise and assertiveness, as if she were dressed in the costliest ballgown. By holding the fabric in her hand she gives the dress a dramatic sweep and brings it to life. At first, her expression is serious, but then, at the end of the runway, she switches to a smile and tosses back her golden hair - what a moment! I also love that she pauses for a brief moment to pose in profile, showing off her curvy arms, before sashaying back down the runway with a seductive swagger in her walk.

Katherine appears at 0:59 in the video.

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I defy anyone to find minus-size models walking the runway more effectively. This is what fashion can be all about: luscious size-18 models walking like they own the world, just the way the couture waifs do, except in Katherine's case, looking robust and shapely and making the clothing look terrific.

renata
29th September 2011, 23:08
As Pamela posted earlier in this thread, Sonsi released its own video of its FFFWeek show shortly after the event took place, but I enjoy this official video even more, as it's not abbreviated or sped up but unwinds according to the actual rhythms of the catwalk. On the other hand, the close-ups in the video that Sonsi posted were terrific as well - so it's good to have both!

Lindsey appears at 1:38 in the video. She flips her hair in a very cute way as she walks.

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Pamela
30th September 2011, 13:22
If only every edition of FFFWeek had been covered by stunning, high-quality videos such as these! But I'm glad that this year's incarnation, the greatest FFFWeek of all, and the greatest plus-size runway show ever staged, was filmed so beautifully.

The latest video shows the Kmart collection, which features Lindsey at her curvy best. Watch for her at 0:55 in a grey top that defines her luscious curves better than any other outfit in any FFFWeek show. She performs her characteristic hair toss once as she walks the catwalk then again in a very dramatic end-of the-runway presentation, where she departs from her smiling expression and offers a sultry look, then grins again, seemingly delighted that she has just induced a heart attack in every admirer.

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Her outfit is casual daywear, but the way she models it makes it seem that she were dressed in the most alluring, desirable outfit imaginable. That's the magic of a great runway performance.

Watching these FFFWeek videos really is like stepping into an alternative reality where the fashion world has eschewed all waifs and exclusively features clothing on the gorgeous, genuinely full-figured models who make every outfit look best. May it be...

HSG
4th October 2011, 18:42
<br>In a sense, Full-Figured Fashion Week 2011 took place not once but three times: first, during the week of the live event itself; next, the following week, as the images from the various runway shows emerged and the collections received individual reviews and write-ups; and a third time just last week, when the official FFFWeek runway videos were released.

As others have pointed out, the official videos have demonstrated extraordinarily high production values and (in the language of the entertainment industry) are amply "ready for prime time." The calibre of the models in the show, as well as their authentically full-figured size, may be the most important aspect of Full-Figured Fashion Week, but the overall quality of every aspect FFFWeek is what gives the enterprise its legitimacy and makes it the gold standard in plus-size fashion events worldwide, the measure against which all others are judged.

Those exemplary production values are due in part to the generous sponsorship of Sonsi (a branch of Charming Shoppes). Therefore, it is a pleasure to see Sonsi's general manager, Jill Hutchison, interviewed by none other than Gwen DeVoe herself for "DeVoe Signature Events Television," the video arm of DSE, which now boasts a marvellous network-quality video logo with a purple/green colour scheme that is right after our own heart. (Watch for the logo at the beginning of the following video.)

Ms. Hutchison was formerly the publisher of <i>Figure</I> magazine, which, like FFFWeek, had a faultless model-booking policy of selecting gorgeous and genuinely full-figured goddesses (including Kelsey Olson), so her size-positive credentials are second to none. Furthermore, we have personally interacted with Ms. Hutchison on numerous occasions and can confirm that she is one of the most considerate, thoughtful, and sympathetic professionals in the fashion industry. She richly deserves this moment of "face time."

The video also offers glimpses of other, non-runway events from FFFWeek, such as the opening-night cruise party. It ends with an exciting and dynampc recap of the Sonsi catwalk show. (Watch for Lindsey at 6:33.)


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A Gwen DeVoe/Jill Hutchison interview is a significant video indeed, because it brings together two individuals who, as much as anyone else in the world, are fostering size celebration and steering the plus-size industry in the right direction. Both women should be immensely proud of the triumph of FFFWeek, and this video gives them a chance to take a bow and earn some much-deserved public accolades.