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The Official Blog of FFFWeek(r): Curvy & City ChicNess

Hey dolls!

As most of you know, I have been a huge supporter of Full Figured Fashion Week ® since its first production in 2008.  And trust me when I tell you, I highly doubt that will ever change.  One of the things I love most about this event is that its creator and Executive Producer, Gwen DeVoe is no stranger to giving an opportunity to an upcoming plus-size industry professional.  Whether you’re an aspiring model, stylist, designer, blogger or entrepreneur – she is willing to provide you the opportunity to grow.  Each year, Ms. DeVoe has introduced a new outlet during Full Figured Fashion Week® that knocks on the door of up and coming professionals in the plus-size industry and this year is no different.  Full Figured Fashion Week ® 2013 is for six FULL days and we have been anticipating the release of the schedule for months (check it out here).  Of course, there are the fashion shows, the ever popular all-white networking cruise, the blogger events and at one point there was even mention of swimwear!

I am really excited to share with you a new segment of Full Figured Fashion Week ®, Curvy & City ChicNess.  Curvy & City ChicNess is the official blog for Full Figured Fashion Week® scheduled to launch on Monday, April 15th, 2013.  I am really excited for the selected bloggers.  They were hand chosen by FFFWeek’s production team and I know we will not be disappointed.  The mission of the bloggers: to prepare you for the survival of FFFWeek!  How exciting is that?  I’m sure the basic will be covered: what to pack, what’s happening when, styling tips and shopping guides.  I’m most excited to see what else they have up their sleeves.

Meet the Curvy & City ChicNess team

Fashion Blogger Tanysha Rodriguez: Everything Girls Love
Fashion Blogger Karan Ward: Curvy Canadian
Beauty Vlogger Robin Hill: lovekiss99
Lifestyle Blogger I Am Nikki P.: Southern Hollywood

Honestly, I am really excited for these ladies.  I am and will never be the blogger that will “hate” on the success of others.  Instead, I celebrate their accomplishments with them.  I wish these ladies much success on Curvy & City ChicNess. The Curvy & City ChicNess blog will be hosted on the official website of Full Figured Fashion Week® (www.fffweek.com).

 

 

 

Vibe Vixen Announces The Top Plus Size Models

Hey dolls!

Earlier today the crew over at Vibe Vixen announced their top models, the twist it was the TOP plus-size models.  Yes, plus size.  I am extremely excited to share their picks with you. 

Tocarra JonesVibe Vixen Top Plus Size Models

Most of us remember Tocarra as the first plus-size model to make an impact on America’s Next Top Model during its third cycle in 2008.  Photo Credit: Plus Model Magazine

Liris CrosseVibe Vixen Top Plus Size Models

Currently one of featured models for plus-size fashion retailer Ashley Stewart, a few of us may remember Liris from the hit movie, The Best Man.  Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to chat with Liris at various plus-industry events, she is always a charm.  Be sure to follow her on Instagram @LirisC Photo Credit: Google Search

Jordan TesfayVibe Vixen Top Plus Size ModelsJordan was the first plus size face model for Cover Girl’s Queen collection.  She is currently signed to Wilhelmina.  Photo Credit: Plus Model Magazine

Anansa SimsVibe Vixen Top Plus Size Models

Daughter of Beverly Johnson, Anansa graced the runway of the Lane Bryant Cacique fashion show in Las Vegas in 2011.  Photo Credit: Lane Bryant

Christina MendezVibe Vixen Top Plus Size Models

This featured model of Qristyl Frazier designs has also been seen in Essence, Vogue Italia and House of Dereon.  She is also a dedicated advocate of Autism Awareness.  Photo Credit: Google Search

Be sure to check out the original article by Vibe Vixen.

 

Announcement: FFFWeek Casting Tour

I wonder if when Ms Gwen DeVoe came up with the idea of Full Figured Fashion Week(tm) if she envisioned the impact this event would make on the plus size community in such a short amount of time.   The fifth year anniversary is promised to be its biggest and best one yet!  For 2013, the production team of FFFWeek are giving us five days packed with fashion for our curves.

If you have been following FFFWeek on Facebook, you should have noticed the teasers being dropped about taking their model casting call on tour!  This is sure to bring more fresh faces to the runway.

Is the  FFFWeek Casting Tour coming to a city near you???  Take a look below!  If not, book your flights and hotel accommodations NOW!  Ms DeVoe and her team are dedicated to bringing fresh faces to the runway each and every year and this may be your chance to show them what you’ve got!

Los Angeles
Detroit
Toronto
Orlando
Atlanta
Columbia, SC
Charlotte, NC
New York
New Jersey

 

As with everything, membership has its privileges.  Be the first to hear the latest from FFFWeek  by joining the official mailing list at www.fffweek.com

 

 

 

Event: Curvy Closets ~ Phila Pa

Recently, The Curvy Spot had the opportunity to chat with the founder of the Curvy Closets Fashion Showcase, Dominque Revere-Lincoln & Colleen Stovall.  The Curvy Closets Plus Size Fashion Showcase is taking place in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, Sept 1st, 2012.

How did you come up with the idea for the Curvy Closets Fashion Showcase?

First we’d like to start by saying that we are truly thankful and honored to be interviewed and featured on your blog and have the opportunity to speak to your readers.

Out of pure necessity and passion for the plus size industry, came the vision for Curvy Closets.  As models we’ve had an opportunity to be apart of and attend many fashion shows, and felt it our time to bring an exciting event of that nature to thePhiladelphiaarea.  With there being little offered in thePhiladelphiaarea and 65% of the community’s female population being a size 14 or greater, we saw it fit and time to bring a sense of Community, Charity and Couture, to the city ofBrotherly Love!

 Do you feel there is a void of plus-size events inPhiladelphia?  Absolutely!  With the opening of BellaNOR Boutique in the fall of 2011, there has certainly been more buzz in the city, but with the buying power and influence of the women in the city ofPhiladelphia, there should definitely be more options.

 Tell me more about your event; what will make this the event to be on Labor Day weekend?  Because we’re going to be there, duh! Lol…Just kidding!  The Curvy Closet Fashion Showcase is the event to attend this Labor Day weekend, because we are setting up a one stop shop, filled with an eclectic mix of vendors and major players in the curvy community to Philadelphia, such as, Nina Taylor, The Face of Full Figured Fashion Week 2011 and owner of the boutique modeling group, NJC Models and jazz vocalist and plus model, Radjulari Barnes.  In addition, a portion of the proceeds raised will go to benefit, Fairy Godmothers a local non-profit Organization, whose mission is to help provide a special high school prom experience for qualified high school girls whose financial situations are such as otherwise would preclude their ability to attend their prom by providing them prom gowns, shoes, and similar accessories which have been donated to the organization.

 Where should our readers go to learn more about the Curvy Closet Fashion Showcase?  For more information and a detailed schedule of events, readers can visit us on the web at www.curvyclosets.com and by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Candid Convos: Mynt 1792

For me, one of the most phenomenal things about being a blogger is the straight no chaser conversations that you can have with your peers and brands.  On Wednesday, Meaghan from Little Lime Dress (LLD) & I had the opportunity to have a heartfelt fashion conversation with the team from Mynt 1792 in their mid-town Manhattan showroom.

If you followed the news from FFFWeek, you already know that Mynt 1792 is a contemporary lifestyle brand that has found itself under the Adorn Fashion family.  With the rich design techniques of Project Runway’s Kevin Christiana and the manufacturing genius that has led Adorn to the top of its game, this brand will definitely be setting itself apart from what is already being offered to plus-size women who are looking to add stylish fun-loving staple pieces to their wardrobe.

“It is the little details of your garments that will give you the cutting edge plus-size women are looking for”

Meaghan told the Mynt 1972 team during our visit on Wednesday.  I must agree, she is correct.  MYNT 1792 will bring life to the curvy girl denim.  Their cuts are designed for the curvy girl in mind.  The collection offers you funky denim washes from a 1970s vintage to  deep hued rinsed that will be killa with some platform pumps!  I’m talking stitching details, pearlized buttons, color block, animal print… and this was before we even saw the outer wear!

Check out the snippet from #teamMYNT’s interview with Meaghan & I… notice anything different?

MYNT: Who’s your favorite style icon?

Kim: Amber Riley from Glee.  “I love that little girl!”  She always looks amazing on the red carpet.
Meaghan: Emma Stone, she’s always well styled and wears a lot of McQueen.

MYNT: What’s kept your attention span lately?

Kim: 20 to 30 blog subscriptions.  A few of her favorites are Style Pantry, Make-Up & Goddesses and Gorgeous In Grey.
Meaghan: Loves the magazines. Her three choice magazines are Vogue, Elle and Glamour.

MYNT: What’s the best part of your job?

Kim: Getting to see what’s going on behind the brand, knowing when clothes will hit the selling floor and being able to plan outfits to events accordingly.
Meaghan: The privilege of having early knowledge as to what’s being designed.

MYNT: What’s your best style advice?

Kim:  Color is your friend.  You can wear the same fun colored clothing item more than once as long as you style it differently each time.
Meaghan: Don’t wear ten trends at once, the key is moderation.

MYNT: What advice would you have given yourself when you started out?

Kim: Consistency and give your own unique spin to what you do.
Meaghan: Remain true to yourself and stick to it.

I have to admit, it was a lot of fun to be on the other side of the Q&A session.  It also gave Meaghan & I a chance to learn some interesting facts about each other.  And I even had the opportunity to turn her into my personal human dress-up doll!  From the looks of these snapshots – I really don’t think she minded at all.

Stay up to date with MYNT 1792 on their official website or you can find them on Facebook & Twitter!

Photo Credit: MYNT 1792

Miss Plus America 2012

The 2012 Royalty Court with Miss Plus America founder, Melissa Stamper

 

Last night, the Miss Plus America Pageant wrapped up in Memphis, TN with the crowning of five new queens.  The Curvy Spot sends super kudos and congrats to the Queens!

Miss Plus America Elite: Makela Steward
Mrs. Plus America: Kanesha Waits
MS. Plus America: Kimberly Cecil-Jones
Miss Plus America: Briana Manning
Miss Plus America TEEN Ambassador: Maranda Zucati

For more information on the Miss Plus America Pageant, visit their official website at http://www.missplusamerica.com/.