You are about to see an exquisite editorial on the upcoming issue of Skorch Magazine with Dominican fashion designer Cenia Paredes, a woman who is making her big debut in the plus industry by expanding her designs to include up to a size 20.
For those who have not heard about Cenia, here is her story. She is an accomplished designer who has worked for several notable fashion houses and apparel brands (Izod Women’s, True Religion Outerwear, Oscar D. by Oscar de la Renta to name a few). In 2009, she was chosen as one of three finalists in AOL Latino’s “Fashionista” online reality competition. In 2011, Paredes participated in Macy’s Entrepreneurs Workshop and was chosen along with three other entrepreneurs to launch her collection in select Macy’s stores later in 2012.
Sandra Carrera, the Puerto Rican model who will star in this editorial, told us in an exclusive interview for Skorch Magazine that she saw Cenia on a Spring fashion show were Michael Kors played a major role. Cenia showed her designs on Macy’s Puerto Rico and it caught her eye. Sandra says, since the day she met Cenia they “just clicked” and she made her fall in love with her work because Cenia always had a dress or garment that flaunted curves no matter the size. Sandra also stated that she loves how versatile Cenia’s line is, as the pieces go from day to night with such style and class. Sounds like a win-win for me, not to mention that I have so much respect for people like Sandra and Cenia who have worked day and night to make a name in the industry for themselves. As a woman and Latina I applaud it!
Now back to Cenia, in 2015 she has decided to pave her own way in the plus fashion industry by expanding her work to include up to a size 20W, showing her passion for designing and dressing curvy women worldwide. Though we know this size range is more inclusive, it still leaves a group of plus women beyond the size of 20 wanting more. As she has plans to continue to expand, Paredes’ main retail distributor requested that she do so in stages. Starting with sizes 14W-20W and by spring’16 it will expand to size 22/24.
So what does the future hold for designer Cenia Paredes?
“In the immediate future,” she says “we are very excited to announce the launch of Cenia Separates line, a line consisting of not only dresses but also pants, jackets, blouses and jumpsuits at a moderate retail price.”
Cenia has also launched the “Honor Your Curves” campaign with the goal to encourage and inspire women to love, flaunt and embrace their bodies. “Every woman can be sexy and beautiful if she believes she is”, says the designer. This campaign is not just honoring curvy women but women of all shapes and sizes. Being curvy herself, Paredes knows firsthand how difficult it can be to fit in into the fashion industry’s typical beauty stereotypes.
Above: Sandra Carerra wearing Cenia
She has lived self-image issues not only on a personal level, but also through family, friends and her community. “The majority of designers are offering clothes for women with a perfect figure. This approach is unrealistic as the average size for the American woman is size 14”, she says. Recognizing that there is a lack of fashion being offered to the plus size customer that wants to be modern and classy but tastefully sexy beyond a size 16, Cenia listened to her fans and so begins that plus inclusion in her Spring’15 collection.
Paredes is known for being the first designer to bring to the market better collections designed to fit and flatter the most predominant female body types. So it is exciting to hear that she is now seeking to fill this void in the plus size category and allowing Skorch Magazine to debut her amazing work in our upcoming issue, you better not miss it!
Cenia´s website: www.ceniany.com