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FFFWeek: Runway Finale Outfit

I can’t believe Full Figured Fashion Week is all done and over with. My week in NYC went by in a minute! Before I knew it, the runway finale was upon us.

The event was held in a hotel located in Times Square and I can tell you the energy at the event was ten times more than what was going on outside.

I know I might sound like a broken record, but  I can’t stress how amazing it is to have all of these amazingly full figured, plus sized, curvaceous, shapely, or whatever you want to call it, women in one room drooling over fashion.

The designers were amazing and I loved that they used such a wide range of models in different sizes. I literally had my jaw drop a couple of times when I saw these beauties strutting their stuff on the runway.

Every designer had something I liked, but there were a few designs that definitely stood out. They know who they are! And I want to send a BIG CONGRATS to my girls Maddy and Fluvia for the awards they won! You are such role models! I love ya!!

For the finale, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone (thanks Ivory!), with a body hugging colorful dress. I found this cobalt Rachel Rachel Roy “The Vivian Dress” at Macy’s. It’s an XL and I was so happy I was able to stuff my curves into it. I paired it with these Jefferey Campbell lace back pumps, Forever 21 earrings, and Avenue bracelets (of course).

I think most of you have seen photos from the finale, but I wanted to share this one with you. It’s my favorite one of the night. It really shows the beauty on the inside and outside of these amazingly stunning women.

FFFWeek: The Pulse of the Plus Size Community Panel

If there is one thing I will take away from Full Figured Fashion Week, it has to be what I learned about our community. As part of The Fashion Front, we were involved in a lot of activities, but The Pulse of the Plus Size Community Panel was my favorite.

The panel consisted of Jill Hutchison of Sonsi, Katheryn Finney The Budget Fashionista, Madeline Figueroa-Jones of Plus Model Magazine, Jennene Biggins the Founder and CEO Voluptuous Woman Company, Leslie Medlik of Redress, and was moderated by Comedian Erica Watson.

We discussed so many things, but really focused on what our issues and needs are as a community, how we should support each other to succeed, price discrimination, availability of fashion, and the fashion industry.

The audience asked so many great questions! I was really honored to be in that room with so many amazing women and men. In fact, you’ve all inspired me so much, that I’ve decided to start a petition asking plus size retailers to use a wider variety of models in their ads. I think it really starts with them. You can sign the petition here or click on the widget on the side bar for more information. I would also encourage you to share it with your Facebook or Twitter friends.

At the end of the panel, I decided to take a few pics of the fashionable ladies in the room. If you’re wondering, I’m wearing a print smocked tank top courtesy off Lane Bryant, wide leg jeans courtesy of City Chic, and bracelets and sandals from Avenue.

Disclosure: I’m a member of The Fashion Front, which allowed me complimentary access into all events. Some items of my outfit were sponsored. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

The Lane Bryant Blogger Conference

I think these days are going by a little too fast! Full Figured Fashion Week is in full effect!

Yesterday, I was a part of the Lane Bryant Blogger Conference, with a lot of my beautiful fellow bloggers.

We learned about how Lane Bryant decides on what trends and designs will make it into the next season. We even had a chance to preview a few pieces from their fall line. I’m loving the sequins.

The day was full of surprises! We were given the first look a the new HOT ad that’s about to hit for their T3 jeans and we were introduced to a limited edition Swarovski encrusted bra (See below)!

I got a chance to meet some of my favorite bloggers as well! They all looked fabulous…of course. We asked tons of great questions and really just learned so much about what makes Lane Bryant tick.

I wore the Print Maxi Dress and bangles (gifted by Lane Bryant), a Forever 21 necklace and earrings, and sandals from The Gap. I felt like a L.A. girl in New York City. Which I don’t really mind.

VP of Marketing Jay Dunn

The NEW T3 Ad

Limited Edition Swarovski Encrusted Bra
Fabulous Blogger Fashion
Disclosure: This event was sponsored by Lane Bryant. My entry and goodies were provided by them.

Full Figured Fashion Week Day 1

If you happen to see any words misspelled or words just left out of the sentence, it’s probably because I’m so exhausted. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good kind of exhausted!

I’m so grateful to be here in New York City for Full Figured Fashion Week. It’s such an amazing feeling to be surrounded by all of these people who care about the plus community and fashion industry.

Tonight was the first of events, the Media and Buyer’s Reception. It was held at the Sky Bar. It was such a beautiful day and that rooftop bar was packed! I met so many amazing designers and models. And reconnected with those whom I already know.

The outfit I wore tonight was courtesy of Lane Bryant. I wore the Curved Hem Dress by Seven7 , the Sequin Embellished Paisley Scarf in blue, and 9 Piece Bone Bangle Set. This dress is so amazingly comfortable and it’s pretty much made for any body type.

Here are a few pics. I loved all of the designs, especially the Queen Grace Collection and the Margaux Kouture dresses. I can’t wait for tomorrow! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @CurvesandChaos for day 2 of Full Figured Fashion Week!

Maddy of Plus Model Magazine
The Sky Bar

Hat by Arturo Rios by way of Curvysta.com

Gwen Devoe doing interviews

Model Griselangel

Sweetooth Couture

Queen Grace Collection

Model Allison
Margaux Kouture

Full Figured Fashion Week…Here I come!

To say I’m excited about Full Figured Fashion Week is an understatement. As a member of The Fashion Front, I can’t wait for the events, networking, and THE FASHION! I am not only ready to show New York a bunch of curvy love, but I am ready to party with my girls!

And by the way…I leave tomorrow night. I haven’t packed a thing. In fact, I’m not even done shopping. LOL. Yes, I’m “that” person. I did finally get my runway finale dress! It’s a very hip hugging kind of dress. I can’t wait to show you. You will also see a couple of days of outfits from the “one and only” Lane Bryant.

I will post every day and tweet my heart out. Please follow me @CurvesandChaos for all the updates. If you’re going to any of the events, please stop by and say hello. I’d love to meet you.

Full Figured Fashion not only means the world to me, but I know it means the world a lot of you. And now, the fashion world will see the mark we can and will make. Just look at some of the recent press it’s received:



Are you going to any of the Full Figured Fashion Week events?

FFFWeek Update: The Pulse of the Plus Size Community Panel

WHOA! Full Figured Fashion Week is officially 10 days from now! Did you get your tickets yet? If you haven’t, I can tell you that the Full Figured Fashion Crawl and the Fashion Friday Networking Event featuring the Full Figured & Fabulous Runway Model Competition are sold out.

You can still get your hands on the other events going on that week.

If you love all things regarding the plus size community, they you should really attend “The Pulse of the Plus Size Community” panel.

This year, in conjunction with Full Figured Fashion Week™, The Fashion Front will host a panel discussion, “The Pulse of the Plus Size Community”. Perfectly timed, in the midst of current news in the media, this panel discussion addresses the current state of the plus-size community and the significance of Full Figured Fashion Week™, through the eyes of the industry’s leaders, bringing different perspectives from various experiences and points of view.

As a member of The Fashion Front, I will definitely be there. Besides, the speakers on the panel are awesome.

  • Jill Hutchison
  • Katheryn Finney
  • Madeline Figueroa-Jones
  • Jennene Biggins, Founder and CEO Voluptuous Woman Company
  • Glen Johnson – Full Figure Plus
  • Leslie Medlik

Tickets are only $15 (in advance). Buy them here. 

FFFWeek Update: Plus Designer of the Year – Monif C.

If there’s a designer out there that knows a woman’s curves, it has to be Monif C. That’s why she was selected as Full Figure Fashion Week’s Plus Designer of the Year. Do I even need to give you another reason why? Just look at her designs, they speak for themselves. Besides, most of them are sold out. That should tell you something.

If you’re attending Full Figured Fashion Week, which I hope you are, you’ll be happy to know that the Monif C. boutique is located in New York City. You’ll actually get to see her famous convertible dress and amazing swimsuits up close. And you’ll know why they’re a curvy woman’s dream come true.

You can find a complete list of the FFFWeek Award winners here. 

Remember, there are only a few days left to buy your tickets. Get them before they’re gone.

Full Figured Fashion Week “Soiree”

“Soiree” is French for “evening party.” A party in New York City? That’s sounds just about right for this next Full Figured Fashion Week event.

We want to invite you to come out and “join us for an “end of the work week” wind down. Mix, mingle, sip, and chat with in a social setting while continuing our monumental celebration of curves and fashion.”

The Soiree, held on Friday June 17th, is the official night of networking for plus industry officials and the Full Figured and Fabulous runway competition. The contestants will show us their runway skills for chance to win prizes in excess of $5000! What amazing and fierce model will take home the crown?

Make sure you get your tickets! They are only $25 and can be purchased here. I heard they are selling out quickly. According to my countdown, there are only 22 days until FFFWeek!! Are you ready? 

Full Figured Fashion Week Designer: Marina Zelner of Queen Grace Collection

According to my Full Figured Fashion Week countdown, there are only 28 days left to nothing but fabulousness in New York City. Eeek! I can’t wait! Yes, that was an “eek” from me. I say stuff like that when I am extremely excited about fashion.

I’m looking forward to all the designers that are going to make their presence and feature their designs at FFFWeek.

One of the fashion designers that will be a part of the much anticipated finale runway showcase, will be Marina Zelner of Queen Grace Collection.

Zelner is the founder of Queen Grace and is also a full-figured stylist. According to her bio, she “believes that inspired, graceful, and elegant clothing should no longer be elusive to full-figured women.” Amen to that!

Here are a few of the Queen Grace (left) designs for the debut of her Fall 2011 collection. “Every piece in the collection exemplifies the freedom, confidence, strength and beauty of a contemporary woman.”

 Make sure you hurry and buy your tickets before they sell out, because you don’t want to miss out on Queen Grace debuting at FFFWeek! Be one of the first to see this collection and all the other designers looks gracing the runway.

Buy your tickets here!

Are you Full Figured Fashion Week’s Biggest Fan?

Calling all Full Figured Fashion Week Fans!! Yes, I’m talking to you!!

Are you a fashionista? Do you love Full Figure Fashion Week? Are you dreaming about attending the big runway finale show? Then you need to enter “The Biggest Fan Contest!” 

The winner will receive the following:

  • Two VIP tix to the Red Carpet Reception and Runway Finale Event on Saturday, June 18th
  • One night’s accommodation at the Affinia Hotel (check in Saturday, June 18th, check out Sunday, June 19th)
  • Ground transportation on Saturday, June 18th from the Affinia Hotel to the Metropolitan Pavilion and back to the Affinia (pick up and drop off location cannot be changed, nor additional stops added)

The Biggest Fan Contest is on right now and if I wasn’t a part of The Fashion Front, I would soooo enter!! Good luck to all who enter and I can’t wait to meet you!!

FFFWeek Update: Full Figured Shopping Crawl

Full Figured Fashion Week in New York City is only 40 day’s away! If you haven’t bought your tickets or registered for any of the events, you should really do it now. You just might want to kick yourself in the butt when they sell out. There’s one amazing event tailored for the shopper in you!

Where are my shopper’s at? You definitely don’t want to miss out on the Full Figured Shopping Crawl. This is an exclusive escorted shopping trip to all of New York City’s hot spots for plus size fashion! We all know how hard it can be to find stores that sell our sizes. This trip brings you to their front doors!
Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Travel throughout NYC in style with an executive car service, chauffeuring you to the latest plus size “haute” spots.
  • We share with you our inside access to the latest in plus size fashion- offering you special access, insider knowledge, and exclusive discounts
  • Access to the latest designers and retailers bringing you the highest fashion for your curves.
  • Exclusive Swag bags just for you.
  • Meals provided to keep you fashionably charged throughout the day.
Here’s the kicker shopaholics…there are only 25 spots available!! So, hurry up and buy your tickets HERE!

FFFWeek Update: ProjectCURVES

As you can tell on the sidebar—->Full Figure Fashion Week will be here before you know it. And if you’re an aspiring model, you might want to start making your travel arrangements now, so you can attend ProjectCURVES.

ProjectCURVES™ is an intensive bootcamp workshop that will teach participants how to have a SUCCESSFUL career in plus modeling.

The workshop will be an intense 3 hours, created especially for plus size models, sizes 14 and up. And there’s nobody better suited to teach you the “ins-and-outs,” than your special instructors for the day.

  • Sharon Quinn (Plus Modeling 101) – Casting Director, Full Figured Fashion Week™
  • Madeline Figueroa-Jones, (Photo Posing 101) – Editor-in-Chief, PLUS Model Magazine
  • Anthony Higgins – Director, MSA Plus (Model Service Agency)
  • Runway Instructor: TBA
It only cost $75 (in advance/includes lunch), so hurry up and buy your tickets here. There are only 50 slots available!