Designer Insider: Stefanie Bezaire
As a woman who had worn a size 12 since her youth, Stefanie Bezaire understands the need for fashion forward plus-size apparel. All ladies deserve cute and stylish clothing and Stefanie works with resolve to create apparel for women just like her; women who have always been disheartened with the plus size options available.
The beginnings were modest (in a little town called Windsor, Ontario), where Stefanie created for friends and family, designing and sewing up a frenzy, waiting for the bigger and better opportunities to come. After graduating from Ryerson University with a Bachelor Degree in Fashion Design, she worked in a number of different creative positions before finally coming back to what has interested her all along, designing for the plus sized woman.
Through her eponymous line, Stefanie is excited to offer the plus sized woman items that are innovative, charming and refined. She aims to inspire and delight, bringing a touch of style to women of all sizes.
Stefanie Bezaire believes just because you’re plus-size doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Creating high-end fashion using organic and sustainable materials whenever possible, Stefanie Bezaire is starting a clothing revolution! They offer women size 12+ designs that make them look and feel great.
FashionHungry.net had the opportunity to catch up with Ms. Stefanie Bezaire herself. Check out what she had to say…
Q) : What inspires your creations?
A): Vintage fashion from the 1940′s and 1950′s really makes me happy. I especially love old movies and movie star glamour. I try to incorporate those ideas with things I see today; street-wear and high-end fashion make their way into my designs for sure.
Q): Use 3 words to describe your designs?
A): Romantic. Flirty. Bold.
Q): What materials and fabrics do you most often work with?
A): Whenever I can I like to use organic fabrics and sustainable materials like bamboo or hemp. If I can’t find those things, then I always try to stick with natural fibers – cotton being a huge favorite. It breathes and most time has a weight that is hard to find in synthetic fabrics. The weight of a fabric is important when working with larger sizes- most of the time you want the fabric to hold you in- not cling to the body.
Q): What is your personal style?
A): Well, I wear what I sell, so most of the time you can find me in 1950′s inspired outfits. At the moment I am obsessed with headscarves and short gathered skirts. My favorite item of my summer collection is the Bernadette Bow Front Dress. To me it is perfect – low front to show off the cleavage, gathered short skirt, cap sleeves, side seam pockets and of course, a bow! What more could a woman want?
Q): What is your favorite fashion trend of all time?
A): That is a tough one, but I think I have always been drawn to the 1950′s styling of Christian Dior. Creating definition at the waist with puffy skirts make women look so tiny, and the matching jackets! And blouses! And hats! Amazing. It is a style I think I emulate today.
Q): What is your favorite current fashion trend?
A): I love that woman are getting more adventurous with their accessories- in particular, adding accessories to the hair. As I said before I love a vintage headscarf, and I see women all the time now wearing flowers and bows and it just makes me so thrilled. It’s the picture of happiness don’t you think?
Q): In your opinion, what are the biggest fashion faux-pas?
A): Well there are a few actually and I have a blog that focuses on lots of them and shows how to fix the problems. Here is a sampling:
- Eliminating the muffin top
- The half-wrap shirt and how to wear it properly
- Boxy fitting clothing
- Bra fit secrets
- The best shoes for your outfit
You can find them all on my website: www.stefaniebezaire.com
Q): What do you think is a fashion must?
A): The waist belt! I love a good waist belt- skinny or wide, brightly colored or neutral, it makes such a huge difference. It instantly makes your waist look smaller and adds a finishing feminine touch that I think no woman should be without.
Q): Who are some of your favorite fashion designers?
A): I am in love with Wendy Mullin of Built by Wendy, and I loved the Luella brand as well (even though it is currently not in production). Also, Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney are lovely too….and many many more, but lets not go crazy!
Q): Where do you see your fashion designs in 5 years?
A): I would love it if every time I went out I saw one of my garments on a woman size 12 and up. That would be amazing! And I wouldn’t complain if my designs ended up on a few celebrities as well.