SAVE THE DATE: Full Figured Fashion Week 2013

SAVE THE DATE: Full Figured Fashion Week 2013

The next Full Figured Fashion Week will be June 17th through the 22nd, 2013 in New York City. Mark your calendars!

In the meantime, be on the look out for Gwen DeVoe and her team. They’re coming to a city near you to cast next year’s runway stars!

Visit http://www.fffweek.com for more info.

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Full Figured Fashion Week™ 2012 Schedule is Out!

I am so excited that the Curvy Socialite was chosen to be a member of The Fashion Front for Full Figured Fashion Week™ 2012!

This year FFFWeek™ will be held in New York City from June 13-16! You can view the schedule and purchase tickets at fffweek.com!

AND THE WINNER IS….(The Face of Full Figured Fashion Week 2012 Announced)

So after a grueling task of sifting through the numerous models who entered the search to be the next Face of Full Figured Fashion Week, a winner has been chosen….

Congratulations to Ms. Venessa De La Rosa, the 2012 Face of Full Figured Fashion Week.

Ms. Venessa De La Rosa

Venessa was chosen by a  panel of judges comprised of some of the plus community’s biggest influencers (Marina ZelnerTiffany Braxton-BelvinMadeline Figueroa-Jones and Steffany Bready-Edwards).

Congratulations Venessa and we look forward to seeing you on the red carpet at Full Figured Fashion Week in New York City on June 13-16, 2012!

To learn more about Venessa, please click on her image for the full announcement from the FFFWeek team.

INTRODUCING THE FASHION FRONT FOR FULL FIGURED FASHION WEEK (#FFFWEEK)

If you have been following me on twitter you may have been curious what the big news I’ve been hinting at for the past few days is. Well, I can finally make the announcement. I’ve been selected as one of the members of The Fashion Front for Full Figured Fashion Week!

Created by plus size fashion bloggers, Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista and Johara Tucker of Luvin’ My Curves, the Fashion Front “serves as the full figured fashion force at the front lines of Full Figured Fashion Week in New York- bringing the latest news, perspective, and exclusive access to FFFWeek™.”

This year’s Fashion Front includes an  eclectic mix of international plus size fashion bloggers- whose unique voices and positions within the community are highly recognized and respected. Hailing from the Netherlands, France, Australia, Canada, and the United States, the Fashion Front definitely captures a diverse selection of bloggers with a passion for fashion!

Here’s The 2012 Fashion Front for Full Figured Fashion Week™:

I’m looking forward to having a fabulous time at Full Figured Fashion Week in June with my amazing team of blogger sisters.

Full Figured Fashion Week NYC 2011

New York City was all about the curves for Full Figured Fashion Week.

Presented by Sonsi and sponsored by famed retailers Lane Bryant and Kmart, FFFWeek ran from Wednesday June 16th through Saturday June 18th ending with a grand finale showcase featuring fifteen of the top designers in the plus size world.

In its third year, FFFWeek featured four days packed with events to showcase and emphasized the beauty of the curvaceous form. The event, created by former plus model turned fashion show producer, Gwen DeVoe, drew bloggers, designers, fashionistas and everyone in between to experience panel discussions, shopping soirees, parties and fashion showcases that celebrated the full figured woman.

Though some of the scheduled events like the Blogger’s Conference and Brunch panel were invite only, the public events like the All-White Boat Party, the Sample Sale and the Full-Figured Fashion Crawl attracted women from all over the tri-state area and the world– giving women an opportunity to shop for summer and fall fashions at event-only discounted prices.

I had the pleasure of attending the much anticipated Lane Bryant Blogger Conference as well as the Kmart Blogger’s Brunch. It was a great opportunity for me to network and meet some of the faces behind the blogs and Twitter feeds I follow including Maddy Figueroa-Jones of Plus Model MagazineMarie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista, Olga Gonzalez-Ramos of Daily Venus Diva, Karen Ward of the Curvy Canadian, Kim McCarter of The Curvy Spot, Yoli Ramirez of Queen Diva Fashion, Glen Johnson of Full Figure Plus, Alissa Wilson of Stylish Curves, Thina Grotmark of Beyond Sizes (she came all the way from Sweden!), Trinia Dotson of Curvy Girl Radio, Tina McNeely from T Minus T Plus, and so many more.

At the Lane Bryant conference, attendees got to see the new collections hitting the stores for pre-fall and fall including a limited edition Swarovski Crystal bra set for Cacique (see pic below). The new collections feature fashion inspirations from famed designers including Pierre Cardin, Halston and Fiorucci.

Limited edition Swarovski Crystal Bra

We also got a sneek preview of the incredibly sexy new ad campaign for Lane Bryant’s T3 (Tummy Tightening Technology) Jeans which are hitting stores now. Definitely something I want to check out as they promise no more unsightly gaps as well as all over smoothing that makes you appear to be two sizes smaller!

New Lane Bryant T3 ad featuring the industry's top plus models!

Saturday’s Blogger Brunch, sponsored by Kmart, also served as the unveiling of LYS, the retailer’s new in-house plus line. The new collection features fun, flirty fashions….all under $50! Debuting with sizes 18-24, the cheap but chic pieces are a curvy girl’s dream.

LYS Jumper

But the highlight of my FFFWeek this year was being backstage at the finale showcase on Saturday evening. Working with the team from The Art of Curves, headed by Blacque Sutherland and Nova, and the staff of DeVoe Signature Events, an amazing show was put on featuring 36 of the most beautiful curvy girls in the fashion industry including the famed Jeannie Ferguson, Tricia Campbell and more. Featured designers included: Plush Boutique, Ashaki Charles, Le Dan’s Closet, Jill Alexander, Sonsi, Kmart, Lane Bryant, Queen Grace, Her Game 2, Sweetooth, Ashley Stewart and Margaux Kouture. The show was hosted by Shanda Freeman and included a tribute to the late Mia Amber, who was presented with the Plus Runway Model of the Year award (accepted by her husband).

Richard Lew Photography took some amazing shots of the show, including this one:

Click on this image to see more photos by Richard Lew from FFFWeek

The dates for next year’s event have already been announced. Check out http://www.fffweek. for more info. Looking forward to seeing you there!