Last night was the opening of Full Figured Fashion Week™ in New York City. Walking in, I didn’t know what to expect but I was excited! When I got out of my cab, there was a line of gorgeous Plus Size Princesses waiting to get into BLVD, where the event was held. Because I was a guest of the Curvy Collective, I was whisked right inside and met up with some of the behind the scenes/press people associated with FFFWeek. I was casually standing around fiddling with my camera when a really sweet woman started chatting with me. After we spoke for a while about the event and how great it was, I asked her name. It turned out that she was Yulia Raquel, the designer of Igigi one of my favorite lines! I began to gush about her line (I’m kind of obsessed) and she just laughed “Plus size women deserve the best!” she said. Isn’t she beautiful?!
Over all the night was pretty fun… some of you may remember that I had an awesome time New York Fashion Week this year in Bryant Park, and I must say Full Figured Fashion Week is very different. I was hoping to see lines that pushed the envelope and to have more of a fashion show experience. To me last night was more of a party with plus size clothing as the guest of honor. I wasn’t prepared for that, but once I realized what was going on, I didn’t mind. Of course I don’t expect Haute Couture from mainstream brands like Just My Size, but I definitely wanted to see things that I hadn’t seen before.
To me, there was one designer who really showed me fresh, new fashion. Her name is LC Skinner and her line is called “Chan.nel Karama“. When her models came out, the crowd went nuts because her pieces were just unexpected and phenomenal!
The energy that came from her show was ridiculous… I found myself screaming “YES! YES! YES!” in appreciation of what was coming down the runway. Again, this was nothing like NYFW in Bryant Park! The Chan.nel Karama line is definitely edgy (imagine Rhianna’s stylist dressing a Plus Size Princess). But there were pieces that anyone could wear. I wasn’t able to touch them or anything, so I cant say too much about the quality, but it looked well made.
I’m looking at her Mod Diva Collection right now and its really impressive. I’m super excited to see/hear more from Chan.nel Karama and when I do, I will share it with you!
Happy Full Figured Fashion Week!
P.S. In Honor of FFFWeek, I’ll be doing some more Twitter Giveaways! Make sure you follow @thebiggirlblog for updates, photos and free clothes!