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Sydney’s Closet and Project Runway’s Johnathan Kayne Collab On New Collection – Preview Inside!

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Sydney’s Closet continues to dominate in the plus size special occasion market.

With the plus size apparel industry worth $21 billion dollars and projected to hit $30 billion in 2020, Sydney’s Closet is definitely making its mark in a sector that still continues to be underserved.

Case in point: the company was launched when owner Phyllis Librach, who at the time was an award-winning newspaper reporter, couldn’t find a plus size prom dress for her daughter.

That move to bring more plus size options to the special occasion industry has now solidified the brand over the years as a major player in the market, selling pieces in over 300 dress shops, bridal salons and boutiques across the U.S., Canada, Europe, United Kingdom, Mexico and Central America. They also have a successful e-Commerce business where plus size women can purchase styles up to size 40.

That’s exactly how Sydney’s Closet sets itself apart from other brands.

It has become the go-to destination for special occasion styles from bridal to prom to even party dresses, especially for women over a size 22 who have even lesser options than her thinner plus size counterparts.

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Librach is always looking for ways to offer plus size women more options for special occasions that are on-trend, made from luxe fabrics and fit amazingly well.

So we were not shocked to learn of her newest collaboration with Johnathan Kayne, a designer who competed on Project Runway’s season 3 and Project Runway All Stars season 2, now running a successful special occasion business himself.

It seems as if it was fate when these two creative powerhouses met several years ago.

Their showrooms shared a hallway at the World of Prom trade show in Atlanta. Librach’s showroom had a refrigerator and sink, and Kayne needed water to make coffee and ice for drinks. Kayne had a computer and printer that Librach needed for copying and printing shipping labels. And an unlikely friendship was born.

The result? A unique and edgy collection titled “Dangerous Curves Ahead” that’s set to launch in Spring 2020 in sizes 14 to 24.

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So it’s fitting that the collection is debuting on the runway at World of Prom in Atlanta on August 7, where they first met.

Librach said in an official statement:

“Kayne and I designed for the woman who is confident and comfortable with her curves. Her fashion taste is exquisite. Her look is elegant and sophisticated. Her personality is powerful. On her big night, she shouldn’t have to settle for just any formal dress.”

Kayne added:

“We wanted to fill a void in the market for sexy and dramatic evening wear in sizes 12 to 24. Not all curvy women have the same body shape or similar fashion tastes. So our assortment includes silhouettes that flatter different body shapes and takes into account the range of events women attend from prom 2020 to military balls to black-tie affairs to the red carpet.”

Here’s a preview of the collection:

The Dangerous Curves Ahead collection will be available to shop in Spring 2020. Check back on the blog for more updates on the actual launch date and more!

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What do you think of the Dangerous Curves Ahead collection from Sydney’s Closet and Johnathan Kayne? Will you shop the new collection?

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A body positivity advocate, freelance writer and author, Marcy is on a mission to empower everyone to love the skin they’re in. Her blog Fearlessly Just Me is the go-to blog for women seeking inspiration in fashion, confidence, traveling and more.

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May 23 Edition – Our Favorite Plus Size Style Moments Of The Week

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May 9 Edition – Our Favorite Plus Size Style Moments Of The Week

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SwimStar All Stars Partnership With Renowned Plus-size Model and Swimsuits For All Ambassador, Denise Bidot

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SwimStar All Stars Partnership With Renowned Plus-size Model and Swimsuits For All Ambassador, Denise Bidot

Inclusive Swimwear Brand Collaborates with Prominent Plus-Size Model Denise Bidot to Empower Aspiring Models

Swimsuits For All, a pioneer in inclusive swimwear, proudly introduces its inaugural SwimStar All Stars campaign in partnership with renowned plus-size model and Swimsuits For All ambassador, Denise Bidot. This collaboration marks a significant milestone, nearly a decade following Denise’s groundbreaking “Beach Body, Not Sorry” campaign with Swimsuits For All in 2015, which showcased unretouched imagery aimed at promoting unapologetic confidence.

Denise Bidot and Swimsuits For All have jointly unveiled the SwimStar All Stars nationwide search, dedicated to discovering emerging talent in the realm of swimsuit modeling. Encouraging aspiring models to share their personal narratives, the initiative aims to inspire women of all backgrounds, shapes, and sizes. Following a rigorous selection process, Brittany Wilborn, Camryn Henry, and Sharon Clawson emerged as the chosen winners. In January 2024, these models embarked on a transformative journey to Harbour Island, where they had the unparalleled opportunity to shoot alongside Denise under the expert direction of internationally acclaimed photographer and director, Ben Watts.

Reflecting on the initiative, Denise Bidot remarked, “This was a truly exceptional opportunity to celebrate the diversity of plus-size models and cultivate an atmosphere of support, empowerment, and knowledge sharing. The camaraderie on set was palpable, and I am deeply honored to impart the wisdom and insights I’ve garnered throughout my career. Opportunities like these are scarce for plus-size models in the industry, and it has been a privilege to collaborate with the exceptional team at Swimsuits for All to bring this campaign to fruition.”

The models showcased the latest swimwear offerings from the Swimsuits for All 2024 collection, featuring innovative designs tailored to meet the diverse needs of women, including:

Feel-good Fits: Addressing common concerns such as tummy bulges and fit issues, Swimsuits for All offers a range of fits designed to instill confidence and comfort in every body. Incorporating features like Power Mesh for a smooth, flattering silhouette, and adjustable straps for customizable support, the collection caters to various body types.

Bold Prints & Colors for Summer: The summer swimwear collection boasts vibrant colors and captivating prints, injecting excitement and personality into beach and poolside attire. From vivid neon hues to tropical motifs, the collection encourages self-expression and style experimentation.

Liquid Shine: Introducing Liquid Shine, a striking swim fabrication characterized by a glossy, liquid-like finish, adding an edgy allure to beachwear. Available in multiple silhouettes, including bikinis, Liquid Shine ensures you stand out with confidence.

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Bikinis that Suit You Best: The Mix & Match Bikini collection offers a personalized approach to swimwear, allowing individuals to mix and match colors and silhouettes for a bespoke look tailored to their preferences.

Beyond showcasing inclusive swimwear designs, the SwimStar All Stars campaign embodies a celebration of women uplifting one another in an industry often marked by competitiveness. Throughout the week-long shoot, models engaged in one-on-one sessions with Denise, fostering meaningful dialogue about the evolving representation of plus-size bodies in swim and fashion.

Jordan Hauser, Senior Director of E-Commerce & Marketing, expressed, “This campaign transcends conventional notions of body positivity and representation in the swim and fashion industries. It is a testament to the power of storytelling and authenticity in reflecting the diverse experiences of our customer base. We are committed to fostering a movement where women find strength in unity, and we are thrilled to embark on this journey alongside Denise Bidot, one of the industry’s foremost advocates for inclusivity.”

The summer 2024 swimwear collection is now available. For further details about Swimsuits For All and the SwimStar All Stars campaign, please visit www.swimsuitsforall.com.

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April 25 Edition – Our Favorite Plus Size Style Moments Of The Week

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