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The opening bars of Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" hushed the murmuring crowd, and the show was on!  Beautiful models began to emerge, flaunting their curves and showing off hot fashion for full-figured divas.  Styles were a mixture of wild, runway fantasy and wearable ready to wear. From poolside chic to evening glamour, collections paraded by, celebrating the art of dressing well no matter what your size.

Plus Model, Mia Amber
Tartan Plaid Punk Skirt
Plus Model: Mia Amber
Size Queen

Size Queen

Available in sizes up to 8X, the designer behind Size Queen, Bertha Markowicz is true to her premise "when large just isn't big enough."

Styles were exuberant, sassy and over the top. Taffeta plaids were accessorized with roller-skates and lollypops. Curves were accentuated with puffy skirts, bustles and bows. Panels of lace and chiffon made eclectically styled car wash skirts topped by bustiers. Fabrics mixed in wild riots of color. Fishnet stockings peeked out of the tops of heavy military boots.
These are clothes meant to make an impact. Punk styles that say "I am who I am - take it or leave it." and make no apologies for the size of the body they swathe. Think  Hot Topic  and Torrid .... super sized.

Prices of Garments Shown: $75-$225

Plus-Size Black Cocktail Dress, Igigi
Black Cocktail Dress
 Plus Model: Melinda
Designer: Igigi

Michelle's of New York

Michelle's of New York isn't a designer, but rather a retailer on Long Island that has the atmosphere of an exclusive Manhattan boutique and goes out of their way to pamper their curvy clients. 

Bringing three designers familiar to Elegant Plus readers: Igigi, Size Appeal and Kiyonna to the runway, Michelle's presented fashions they regularly stock. Receiving strong, well deserved applause from the crowd, these highly wearable, modern clothes are available up to sizes 4-5X. My favorite outfits included a Kiyonna "Vintage Dress" in sky blue with white lace details and an Igigi solid wrap top in pink paired with a Size Appeal "Expose Skirt" in plum with floral embroidery.

Igigi makes some of the hottest eveningwear in plus-sizes right now, and Michelle's has it. The "Athena" beaded dress in plum and the black off the shoulder "Empire Waist" cocktail dress with bell sleeves (at left) were stunning coming down the runway - better in person than any photographs can capture.

Prices of Garments Shown: $30-$145

Plus-Size Kimono Top and Trumpet Skirt, BGU
Chiffon Kimono Top and Trumpet Skirt
Plus Model: Georgiana
Designer: BGU


A  traveling designer with Dangerous Curves.... the Tour!, BGU (Big Girl's United) has been featured in the upscale Black Elegance Magazine. One of the strongest collections presented, BGU is dedicated to full-figured women who like to look current and chic and unites women of all ethnic backgrounds.

Shapes were soft and feminine for summer, using delicate chiffons to play up curves in whimsical "Fairy Skirts" and sequin accented baby doll tops, curvaceous trumpet skirts and floral kimono tops.  A watercolor palette mixed with luscious sherbet and citrus tones. Clean white provided the perfect foil, a nice change from "big girl" black.  A peach trench coat displayed a more structured design while maintaining the soft femininity of the collection.

Prices of Garments Shown: $60-$150

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