In the second of Vice magazine’s Fashion Week Internationale series, the improbably named Charlet Duboc visits the first New York’s Full Figured Fashion Week, where the plus-sized and extra fabulous ladies of New York take to the catwalk in ‘couture adaptations’ of sequin amazingness, rather than ‘stretchy mou mou dresses designed to hide their lady lumps’, according to Charlet.
Basically, Full Figured Fashion Week (FFFW) is designed to celebrate the full-figured lady and put her on the catwalk, as opposed to celebrating the super-svelte models we usually see on the runways in New York, London, Milan and Paris. That message is explained by Brandan Coates, FFFW competition judge, when he says that ‘plus size women for too long have been marginalised and not catered to, so here’s a market where we celebrate [them]’. Indeed.
The best part of the video is the runway competition, which sees the ladies take part in a catwalk-off (think BINTM but with a whole lot more shrieking), and which results in one potential model in a Gaga bubble dress having a Naomi-moment on the catwalk, which she covers up by crawling, feline-style, down the remainder of the runway. Tis bonkers, true, but brilliant.
Aside from the bonkersness, though, we LOVE seeing the women of FFFW take to the catwalks with their celebratory, positive attitude and tons of sass (which couldn’t be more different from some of the dead-behind-the-eyes models who take to the catwalk at the non-Full Figured Fashion Weeks) but enough from us - what do you reckon?