|25th September 2010||#1|
Join Date: July 2005
OneStopPlus Runway Show (video)
We were greatly honoured to be invited to the OneStopPlus.com runway show that took place in New York last week, and were most curious to see how it would turn out.
A complete review follows, but let us sum up our reflections with the following general observation: the event was surely notable and groundbreaking, and was very professionally put together, but it was also exceptionally cautious, in ways that we will shortly describe. We hope that future incarnations of the show will be even bolder in their promotion of size celebration by featuring fuller-figured models.
"Future incarnations," you ask? Yes, there will indeed be more OSP runway shows, as the company's creative director Nancy LeWinter told us in a brief interview that we will post in a subsequent thread.
As we arrived at the Frederick Rose Theatre and ascended the elevator to the Atrium, we were intrigued to see a number of celebrities already present and receiving consideable press attention. Among them was Whitney Thompson, who, as Kaitlynn observed in a previous thread, wore a stunning Adrianna Papell lace dress that clung to her every curve and precisely defined her figure. Whitney is very slim, but seeing her in person, we once again noted the "slight rise" of a "slope toward the throat" in her facial features, which endows her with at least a touch of visible fullness.
Upon confirming our presence at the registry desk, we were honoured to receive a "Backstage Press" pass. However, we could not actually bring ourselves to venture backstage before the show. With memories of Whitney Thompson being forced to publicly disrobe prior to a runway challenge during America's Next Top Model, we didn't want to intrude on the modesty of the participating models, in case they were still in a state of undress.
Outside the Atrium, the event's organizers had set up an official backdrop where the attending celebrities positioned themselves to be photographed, as is customary at such events. This has always struck us as a curiosity. Wouldn't one prefer to keep out of the camera's eye rather than willingly step into it? But perhaps this is what it means to be a celebrity--the desire, or even the necessity, of having one's picture taken by the paparazzi.
Moving past the press area, we entered the Atrium itself and were absolutely stunned. The physical environment was the most phenomenal aspect of the entire event. Walking into this room of white draperies, white carpeting, white chairs, with pure white light pouring in from the outside, was like entering the Celestial Room of a Mormon Temple. With the high ceilings, it created a sense of awe and wonder and established a posh, professional tone for the ensuing production.
As we were waiting for the show to begin, we caught several more glimpses of Miss Horblitt, who looked truly stunning with her golden tresses, flushed cheeks, and plunging decolletage that celebrated her voluptuousness. It was a pleasure, frankly, to see a glimpse of true plus-size beauty at a plus-size runway show.
Andrea also wore an abbreviated miniskirt that showed off her full, shapely legs. It was an eye-catching ensemble, and made one dearly wish that she and Lindsey had been chosen to walk the runway.
The seating assignments for the show were carefully marked. Each chair featured a glossy program, as well as a thoughtful and pricey but very female-oriented gift bag containing cosmetics and other sundry women's items. Someday, in lieu of fashion/beauty products, some forward-thinking label will instead present its attendees with items of more significant interest--works of literature, perhaps, or CDs of classical music.
The most interesting page in the catalogue described the concept behind the show and explained why it was dubbed "Belle Époque." When we initially heard that the OSP show would be so named, we were most intrigued, because the period in history deemed the "Belle Époque"--the late 19th century up to World War I--represents the absolute summit of Western civilization, the time of the greatest flowering of art (Academic Classicism) architecture (Historicism) and music (Romanticism). While the OSP show adopted the French term for this time period, in England it is known as the Victorian Era (the time of the British Empire's greatest flowering) and in Germany as the Gründerzeit, the glorious epoch when Otto von Bismarck unified the German kingdoms into one empire under Prussia's mighty hand, forging the greatest state that Germany has ever known.
Indeed, Belle Époque elements should have been more prominently represented in the show, given that the era's aesthetic so perfectly harmonizes with plus-size beauty. While we loved the Atrium's pure white environment, New York abounds with venues that were actually built during the Victorian Era and could have provided an authetnic Belle Époque backdrop for the show. Furthermore, the OSP clothing had only the slightest Belle Époque touches and would have greatly benefitted from more.
Another page in the catalogue listed the sequence of looks that appeared on the runway. Please refer back to these as you view our complete video of the runway show, posted below.
OneStopPlus.com has already posted a series of stills from the event, along with an official video. However, despite the fact that our own camera work is shaky and amateurish, we are pleased to offer readers this additional visual record of the event. The press lights at the end of the OSP runway had a slightly bluish tinge, whereas at the head of the runway, where we were fortunately situated, the pure white light coming in through the window offered a much more pleasing and natural look, and better displayed the garments.
The models walked very well, with no trips or falls. While some of the girls failed to adopt the type of stable runway facial expressions that produce good still photos, their runway technique was uniformly excellent.
In conclusion, we enthusiastically applaud OneStopPlus.com for their efforts, and for the considerable time, care, and resources they devoted to producing a show that had the highest possible production values and displayed an unassailable feeling of legitimacy.
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