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Finally, a well-named designer is paying attention to the plus-size woman! For spring/summer ’17, Christian Siriano, one of “Project Runway’s” winning designers, shocked the audience with five plus-size models and styles in his New York collection. As usual, his models looked absolutely stunning, shapely and sophisticated, yet sexy.

Mom was a fabulous full-figured woman with long, white hair. She received more and more compliments every day. Ask yourself, “Who do you think you are?” Do you have a workable wardrobe? Do your clothes fit your lifestyle? There’s a new thinking today, and it has nothing to do with your size, especially if you are dressed well. It’s all about your attitude and confidence. Remember, clothes are costumes. The world is your stage. And you are the star.

Siriano’s styles are creating a fashion furor, not least when comedian Leslie Jones was seen in a Siriano gown at a premiere last summer. His models are gorgeous. For the full-figured woman, having this young, talented designer in the plus-size market is a big deal. He studied fashion in London under two top designers: Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.

Siriano launched his fashion collection in 2008. Each season, he shows his collections at Fashion Weeks in New York and Paris. He is known for his whimsical, show-stopping designs that range from fantasy evening gowns and cocktail dresses to tailored sportswear. He also creates intricately embellished shoes and accessories to enhance the clothes. Look out for Siriano’s plus-size pieces to be at Lane Bryant stores in New York.

At Reem Acra’s New York Fashion Week show, the look was short, elegant and luxurious. Beautifully crafted, her designs are for a younger market. Acra’s details are dainty, feminine and intricately executed. For instance, there was a petal dress shaped like a tulip bulb with pretty leaf-like pieces that made up a full shirt (mini) skirt. Jackets were enhanced with pearled flowers and pearls scattered along pushed-up sleeves. She focused on the waistline. Usually, her dresses featured a fitted bodice that was styled with a contrast color inset or panel of lace

accenting the waistline.

Acra’s designs are globally recognized. She offers women glamour and her innate sense of European style. In her collection, she understands what looks and feels beautiful. Interlaced with her sense of luxury, Acra’s regal designs are developed with modern aesthetics. Her ready-to-wear and bridal collections evoke an ethereal collection for her clients. Her clothes are available at Saks Fifth Avenue in the United States and internationally.