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My Interview With Daily Venus Diva, Part Two

DAHLINGS –

The second part of my interview with Cassandra Jones of Daily Venus Diva is up! In this part we discuss fat advocate blogs, the economy, and how to bring black and white together (not to mention other portions of the population*).

As mentioned in the first entry, we met at the last night of Full Figured Fashion Week and fell into a discussion which led to this possibly ground-breaking interview.

http://dailyvenusdiva.com/2010/07/cultural-differences-in-the-plus-community-part-2/

Fabulous moi at the Full Figured Fashion Week finale!

Dress by Torrid; vintage pearls; shoes by Ros Hommerson

You can follow Ms. Jones on Twitter @CassyJ and @dailyvenusdiva!

Enjoy, and feel free to discuss this in the comments section.

Ciao,
Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

* Except for the unfashionable ones!

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Full Figured Fashion Week & The State of The Curvy Community

DAHLINGS –

So, where was I? Oh, yes, Full Figured Fashion Week, Day Three! A day of educational panels at the Hotel Pennyslvania on 33rd Street. Appropriately, in the heart of the garment district. The panels were held on the top floor, which offered a panoramic view of the city. There was a panel on getting a plus size business started, as well as a panel on plus size modeling.

Your faithful correspondent on was a panel in the afternoon, “The State of The Curvy Community.” My fellow panelists were Erica Watson, actress and creator of the solo show Fat Bitch; Golda Poretsky, founder of Body Love Wellness; Hattie of Plus Size Model Magazine, and Yulilya Raquel, designer of Igigi clothing.

From the FFF Week website (http://fffweek.com/):
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.

Call me whatever, but I do love being acknowledged as a leader of the plus size industry. The panel was moderated by Sharon Quinn, who did a marvelous job of fielding questions from the audience and commentary from the panel.

Sharon Quinn, “The Original Runway Diva”

The panel mostly focused on fashion, of course, and what plus-sized women are looking for. We come in all shapes and sizes, and muumuus simply do not cut it any more. I voiced my dissatisfaction with the lack of natural waists in plus size clothing. As Gwen DeVoe had said on the first night, we are ready to vote with our dollars. Many women are tired of seeing the same shapes, the same hideous prints, the same poor quality.

I should mention that I was wearing a gorgeous denim cocktail dress by SK Wilbur, with dark blue pleated organza on one side of the bodice, and a wide gray felt hat by Ellen Christine Millinery.

Erica Watson was extremely funny, but had a tendency to slather her comments with show business butter (“When I was on Dr. Phil, I got death threats;” “Jillian Michaels is my personal trainer;” “When I do parts in movies and television” etc. You get the idea.) But anyone with the cojones to create a show called Fat Bitch deserves kudos.

Erica Watson, comedian and creator of Fat Bitch

Yulilya Raquel might well be the most life-affirming person I have ever met, and that is not meant sarcastically. She is full of joy and love for her fellow man/woman, with a contagious enthusiasm that is absolutely genuine. She urged us all to embrace ourselves because every human being is beautiful, that the essence of humanity is beautiful.

Yulilya Raquel, designer for Igigi clothing

As for moi, unfortunately most of what I said escapes me, but I am certain it was pithy. (The panel was recorded, so I hope to get a copy in the near future and refresh my memory.) Ms. Watson managed to get quite a few laughs with jokes I had uttered not a second before; not a surprise that her background is stand-up comedy.

What struck me, sitting there, that despite the pride in ourselves and others, there was an undercurrent of shame, which was accurately blamed on the “diet culture” we live in. Golda Poretsky was quite eloquent on this point.

Golda Poretsky, founder of Body Love Wellness

Many in the audience mentioned wanting to lose weight, or bragged about losing weight (which for obvious reasons was not well-received), or otherwise seemed to feel obligated to mention diet and exercise in some form.

One of the attendees, Sharon Jones, the organizer of FFF Week, told me the next day that I had said “Where is the woman who will stand up and say I don’t exercise and I eat whatever the fuck I want?” I do remember laughing and cheering but if it hadn’t been for Sharon I wouldn’t have remembered a word of it. Probably because of my use of profanity, I had blocked it out.

Afterwards, a group of us went to dinner, including a divine woman who had flown from Paris to be there! As before, I felt a glow at the end of the day that did not come from Sonsi-tinis.

A note: there was some sort of workshop to be held in another room, about how to be a real woman. Each sign was covered with pink feather boas. The women who were going in were all pencil thin, which seemed absolutely unreal after three days of voluptuous curves. If you want to be a real woman, eat an eclair.

Ciao,
Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Day Two of Full Figured Fashion Week!

DAHLINGS –

Last night took place again at Boulevard downtown, and it was truly delightful! The spotlight was on the plus-size model competition. Ten brave and beautiful women took on the challenge. Speaking of brave and beautiful, here I am in purple satin (you cannot see, but I am wearing a black Juliet cap on the back of my head).

My purple satin dress is by Newport News, and my jewelry are genuine Swaroskvi crystals. The juliet cap is vintage.

First Gwen DeVoe took the stage in a yellow dress with a pearl collar, then yielded to the host of the evening, Ruschell Boone of New York One! There were four judges, and the competition was, shall we say, fierce!

(I have no idea why all of this is underlined, but I cannot seem to change it. My apologies.

First each contestant came out in a t-shirt she had customized, then in a fancy day outfit, and finally evening wear. Some of the contestants were more confident than others (one lady refused to smile), but it was a tough choice all the same.

Between day wear and evening wear, we were treated to a performance by the Glamazons, a gorgeous trio of women.


The winner!


Sorry this entry is so hasty, but I have to get down to the Hotel Pennsylvania for the panel on “The State of the Curvy Community.”

Members of the Curvy Collective

The fabulous Marie Denee at center, in gold and black.

Ruschell Boone and moi. She is a fan of this blog!


That is all for now. I must dash, but will file a full report on today’s activities as soon as I can!

Ciao,
Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Full Figured Fashion Week Opening Night!

DAHLINGS –

Last night was the opening of Full Figured Fashion Week! And what an opening night it was! Boulevard, an exclusive club downtown, was filled with creme de la creme of plus-sized fashion. The fabulous Marie Denee (http://thecurvyfashionista.mariedenee.com/ ) greeted me at the door, dressed in a black creation by Cha.Nel.Karam (who later presented an AMAZING runway show). Gwen Devoe of Devoe Productions was rushing about getting things ready. When she took the stage, she was stunning in a white bustier and pencil skirt with large white rosettes on the front. And she also made a very entertaining mistress of ceremonies!

You have no idea how validating it can be to be in a nightclub filled with beautiful women, all plus-sized (except, oddly enough, many of the sponsors), dressed in their best. There were feathers, long gowns, short dresses, sequins, maxi dresses, and so much more, worn proudly by women, black, white and Latina. Your faithful correspondent wore her green custom-made gown by Mad Couture. It looked great, but a nightclub filled to bursting with clientele…well let’s just say a lighter dress would have been more appropriate. Sweating is something I avoid at all costs. In honor of Sonsi, the major sponsor for this event, they were serving Sonsi-tinis, a pink cocktail.

I met my fellow members of the Curvy Collective, women who are considered to be important figures in the plus-size industry (I blush, but not really). Stephanie Danforth of Life-Sized Radio; the incomparable Christina from Musings of a Fatshionista; Aimee and Erica from Madison Plus; the author of The Big Girl’s Blog (who prefers to remain anonymous), and several others.

On to the fashion! The runway shows were spectacular, not only because of the clothes, but the confident swagger of the plus sized models. Unlike anorexic fashion models, these women worked it, even smiling! How often do you see that on the runway? There were ten designers in all, but I do not have time to do them all justice. However, more will be written about them in the ensuing days!

The Angel Alternaltive, designed by Angel Meyers, were a series of maxi-dresses. They were all very pretty, but unfortunately the dress worn by Angel herself was so spectacular (a shiny animal print long-sleeved column dress) that her designs suffered slightly in comparison.

The offerings from Kiyonna was, as expected, gorgeous. I would have snatched up every piece of the runway. Particularly the black lace dresses. One of my pet peeves is that so many plus size designers only make empire-waisted clothes, ignoring those of us who are not pear shaped. However, Kiyonna redresses the balance somewhat (pardon the pun).
Pure Energy for Target and Just My Size, were, well, meh. Particularly the latter. They were touting their new line as fashion-forward, but that’s if you think fashion-forward is sprinkling glitter on large-sized t-shirts.

More of the designers (and more photos) will be up tomorrow, but I must dash and get ready for tonight’s Plus-Sized Model Competition, hosted by Ruschell Boone, reporter for New York One.

And do not forget, tomorrow I will be on a panel, “The State of The Curvy Community,” hosted by television personality Sharon Quinn, along with Erica Watson, Plus Size comedienne

Marianne Kirby – Blogger from The Rotund and co-author of Notes from the Fatosphere
Yuliya Raquel – Founder/Designer, Igigi
Golda Poretsky – Founder of Body Love Wellness

At the centrally located Hotel Pennsylvania, Madison Room, 33rd Street at Seventh Avenue. Trust me, you can’t miss it.

Now to find something suitably ventilated for tonight!

Ciao,
Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Meet The Face of Full Figured Fashion Week

DAHLINGS –

The organizers of the upcoming Full Figured Fashion Week had a model competition earlier (your faithful correspondent was tied up at the time), and chose Ms. Rosie Mercado, a beautiful young lady who is proudly plus-sized:

She is the official Face of Full Figured Fashion Week. I am hoping to be the official Body of Full Figured Fashion Week, but one has the sense that there will be PLENTY of competition! Sponsors include Revlon, Lane Bryant, Igigi, Silhouettes, TJ-Maxx, Marshalls, and many, many others! (I plan to wear Igigi, as well as costume-made couture pieces and 1950s vintage!)

Event locations include the Park Central Hotel, Hotel Pennsylvania, and the exclusive club Boulevard in Soho. For more information, go to http://fffweek.com/

More to come, dahlings!

Ciao,

Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Full Figured Fashion Week On Facebook!

DAHLINGS –

Attention, luxurious lovelies everywhere! Full Figured Fashion Week, June 16 – 19 in New York City, has its own Facebook Page! You can find it here:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=68252001314&ref=nf

The event will feature panels, fashion shows, seminars, entertainment, and best of all, no designers like Vassilios Kostetsos who stare at you in horror if you ask for a dress in your size! (Cf. my early entry.) YOU are the target audience, the objects of desire, the consumers!

As a bonus, you will get to see moi on a panel, “The State Of The Curvy Community,” detailed in an earlier entry.

The week will be hosted by the fabulous Emme, plus size diva!

Note to vendors: if you are looking for the perfect audience for your accessories, be they shoes, scarves, handbags or more, look at the Facebook page for more information!

I do hope to see you there!

Ciao,
Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

A Panel At Full Figured Fashion Week Featuring Moi!

DAHLINGS –

The most exciting fashion event of the year, Full Figured Fashion Week, is almost upon us! And your faithful correspondent can hardly wait! For one thing, it will be hosted by Emme Aronson of Emmestyle!

Not the least of my reasons is that the Curvy Collective asked moi to be part of a ground-breaking panel discussion, “The State of The Curvy Community,” taking place on Friday, June 18 at 4pm!

I will be opining, along with:
Marianne Kirby – Blogger from The Rotund and co-author of Notes from the Fatosphere
Yuliya Raquel – Founder/Designer, Igigi
Golda Poretsky – Founder of Body Love Wellness
Erica WatsonPlus Size comedienne

The panel will be moderated by Sharon Quinn, star of Mo’Nique’s FAT Chance, MTV’s MADE, Cash Cab, Throwdown With Bobby Flay and most recently, The Style Network’s show Ruby.

During this time of turbulence when it comes to public opinion about plus-size women, skinny actresses, and other body image issues, this is the event you want to attend! This and other panels will be located at New York City’s Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd Street, in the Madison Room. Advance tickets are only $11.

For more information, go to: http://fffweek.com/

You can also find information on other events, shows, lodging, shopping sprees, in short, everything you need to have the best time of your full-figured life!

More information to come! But save June 18th pour moi, si vous plait!

Ciao,

Elisa & Bucky The Wonderdog