Plus-size fashion: The best red carpet looks from the 2022 Full Figured Industry Awards

Red Carpet Hosts Leah Nicole (red pantsuit) and Nathaniel Jaye (black suit with hat) interview Full Figured Industry Awards Founder Tawana Blassingame (pink suit).

Red Carpet Hosts Leah Nicole (red pantsuit) and Nathaniel Jaye (black suit with hat) interview Full Figured Industry Awards Founder Tawana Blassingame (pink suit).

Former plus-size model Meesha Ann (champagne dress) poses with plus-size stylist Sharonda Grandberry (red dress) outside the Full Figured Industry Awards.

Former plus-size model Meesha Ann (champagne dress) poses with plus-size stylist Sharonda Grandberry (red dress) outside the Full Figured Industry Awards.

Plus-size model Sherita Ivory takes a moment to pose on the red carpet at The Full Figured Industry Awards.

Plus-size model Sherita Ivory takes a moment to pose on the red carpet at The Full Figured Industry Awards.

Plus-size models, Big and Tall influencers and brands like Lane Bryant, Sydney’s Closet and ELOQUII dressed up at The Full Figured Industry Awards.

New York is one of the four fashion capitals of the world. We are no longer waiting for the fashion industry to recognize us. We’re putting the plus-size and Big and Tall icons in the spotlight.”

— Tawana Blassingame

NEW YORK, NY, USA, Nov. 18, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — At the 2022 New York Full Figured Industry Awards (FFIA), the question wasn’t, “What are you wearing?” It was “Who are you wearing?” Heads turned as celebrities and influencers walked the red carpet showcasing unforgettable plus-size and Big and Tall fashion. Honorees and attendees alike were wowed by an array of elaborate original designs and by well-known brands such as Sydney’s Closet, Lane Bryant, ELOQUII and MVP Collections.

“FFIAs have become one of the most important awards in the industry in recent years. As a heritage brand that has long served the plus-size community, it’s imperative that we support those voices that champion and celebrate women with curves,” said Heather McGarry, AVP of Public Relations and Social Media at Ascena Retail Group, Inc., which owns plus-size brands Lane Bryant and Cacique.

The prestigious event was created in 2019 by industry insider Tawana Blassingame to recognize celebrities in the often overlooked industry.

“The red carpet had traditionally been dominated by people of normal size. The time has come for stars from the plus-size and Big and Tall communities to have their walk down the red carpet,” said Blassingame, who is also the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Queen Size Magazine (QSM). “New York is one of four fashion capitals of the world. We’re no longer waiting for the fashion industry to recognize us. We’re putting plus-size and Big and Tall icons in the spotlight.”

The crowd of over 200 cheered as they watched honorees and nominees accept awards, including: Outstanding Big and Tall Model/Plus Model, Designer, Fashion Stylist, Boutique, Photographer and Makeup Artist.

Crowd favorites included the presentation of Retail Brand of the Year to popular plus-size brand ELOQUII and the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Sydney Closet Founder and President, Phyllis Brasch Librach.

“It is an incredible honor for ELOQUII to receive the Full Figured Industry Award for Retail Brand of the Year. We are grateful to our dedicated ELOQUII team and loyal customers who have supported us from the start and allowed us to be a part of their fashion journey. Without our community, we would not be able to deliver the expert fit, elevated designs and top-notch quality that we consistently deliver,” said Yesenia Torres, Creative Director of ELOQUII.

“At ELOQUII, we strive to create positive change through the transformative power of fashion and work to build a more inclusive world of fashion. We try to offer options to those who feel limited in today’s fashion world. We believe style shouldn’t be about size and we work to uplift our customers with impeccable fits and trendy designs. Through our diverse models, designers and category expansions, we always strive to build a more inclusive world of fashion for those to come,” Torres said.

“I am honored and thrilled,” said Librach, also known as “the prom fairy godmother,” adding: “This Lifetime Achievement Award would never have been accomplished without the trust and loyalty of our devoted Sydney customers. We take their trust to heart knowing it’s not just about finding a dream dress for a magical night, it’s about creating memories that will last a lifetime.

The niche clothing company focuses exclusively on creating wedding, evening, pageant, prom and party dresses for women ages 16 to 60 wearing sizes 14 to 40. The elegant dresses are sold online and in 400 bridal salons, dress shops and boutiques across the US, Canada, UK, Germany and Australia.

Other honorees include: Icon of the Year Maui Bigelow (curator of PHAT Girl Fresh), Entrepreneur of the Year Akira Armstrong (founder and CEO of the full-length dance company Pretty Big Movement), Keesha Monique Codling Confidence Award, Sheena Award winner Postell (model and founder of Bilonn’s Vision LLC) and Advocacy Award winner Denise Caldwell (fashionista and lifestyle expert).

Sponsors of the 2022 Full Figured Industry Awards include: Lane Bryant, PLUS Model Magazine (PMM), MVP Collections and Design House of Mallie Boushaye.

For more information on the Full Figured Industry Awards, visit www.theffias.com or email Tawana Blassingame at [email protected]

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