The Melissa Mercedes line headlined at Art Hearts Fashion Thursday night in Los Angeles when curvy women took to the runway in her exquisite designs.

fashion photographerThe woman behind the line, Melissa Novas is a stylist from NYC of Dominican decent, who currently lives in Los Angeles.  She has been designing dresses since she was a child.

Where other fashion designers have shunned the full figured woman, Novas embraced her. Mentored by top designers in the industry who style some of Hollywood’s top stars, Melissa has created a line of dresses for curvy to beautifully compliment their physique and thus inspire confidence and empower them.

The woman behind RetroBohoChic, she’s also a top stylist and image consultant with clients ranging from celebrities to the everyday woman looking to improve their appearance and gain confidence.  Melissa guides her clients in developing their own image as she understands the way we dress is very much a part of sense of self.

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Note: Arissa LeBrock, daughter of Eighties supermodel Kelly LeBrock walks the runway at 05:25 minutes into the video above.

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Melissa Mercedes on the runway at the Arts Hearts Fashion show during Los Angeles Fashion Week