Memphis was graced by Ashley Dean- Parson with the first ever plus size fashion weekend this past week. Every day was filled with a day of fashion, business empowerment, and cutting edge ideas to push the Memphis fashion market forward. Ashley Dean-Parson is the owner of Dean of Fashion Glamtique, which is a plus size clothing boutique and full service salon. Her vision to create not only the first all plus size fashion show 5 years ago, grew into a fabulous weekend filled with wonderful events.
The first event was Hustlers in Heels! This event was all about small business empowerment and included panel speakers Andrea Johnson of The Bubble Bistro, and TaKeisha Berry Brooks of A Natural Hair Affair. These two business owners are VERY business savvy and shared key business tips and concepts to growing a successful business.
|Ashley Dean-Parson (owner of Dean of Fashion and creator of The Weight is Over Fashion Weekend)|
|Let's just get into MS. KIM!!! She always brings it. Check out her blog Kimagine That.|
Day 2 included a FABULOUS boat ride on the Mississippi River. Guests enjoyed the cool breeze of the river while dressed in their best attire! There was even a marriage proposal on the cruise. It was the perfect evening for romance and glamour.
|Business Owners that attended Hustlers in Heels|
Day 3 was all about the contestants of the Ms. Full Figured Fever Pageant. The winner of the pageant received a cash prize of $1000!!! The contestants were judged on poise, talent, confidence, and formal attire to name a few.
|Judging panel for Pageant included myself, designer Glen Kimbrel, and Mrs. Tennessee Plus America Yureka Lawrence-Pirtle Eds|
| Ms. Full Figured 2014 Athenia Peterson and runner up Gerogeania Stewart!|
The finale and the event that sealed the success of the entire week was The Weight is Over Fashion Show. The show took place at the beautiful Pink Palace Mansion in Memphis and so absolutely fabulous! Designers and boutiques included Dean of Fashion, Kouture Kreations, Houston's Thift Boutique, Style by L. Thomas, and Savvy Sisters.
|Ms. Full Figure Fever 2013 Kim and designer Glen Kimbrel|
|The Pink Palace Mansion |
|Houston's Thrift Boutique|
|Food Network's Next Food Star contestant Aryen Alston|
|Style by L. Thomas|
|Dean of Fashion|
The entire weekend was great and I can't wait until next year's events. Be sure to follow Dean of Fashion on instagram at www.instagram.com/deanoffashion for updates, specials, and more pics from this past week.