Greetings, everyone! This is Nicolette reporting from sunny (and excessively warm, for the end of October!) Los Angeles, California. After a day of cruising throughout the city and hitting some of LA’s best shops, I headed out to the opening event of Sonsi Full Figured Fashion Weekend, wearing my Evans Grey Denim Jeggings with cute heels and a leopard-print blazer. The kick-off event, Curves for a Cure: A Celebration of Pink, served as a fundraiser to promote Breast Cancer Research and awareness; October is Breast Cancer Awareness month here in the States. To help raise funds, there was a silent auction that included beautiful swimwear pieces from New York-based designer Monif C. and jewellery designer Fennimas. The room was filled with a diverse, beautiful, and enthusiastic group of men and women from across the country . . . including plus size models, magazine editors, fashion designers, bloggers, and industry veterans like FFFWeek host Gwen Devoe. R&B singer Kelly Price also gave a heartfelt speech about her own experience as a full-figured woman and her relationship to fashion. Her speech was met with resounding empathy and appreciation, as many women in the audience were easily able to relate. Her speech included a call to action, asking that consumers demand more and better to meet their needs.
Of course, tonight was also a fun and exciting opportunity to meet many of the women who I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the last couple of years, including some great bloggers and models!
Tonight was only the beginning, but if the enthusiasm of the kick-off event carries through tomorrow’s series of panels and Saturday’s fashion show, I’m confident that Los Angeles’ first FFFWeek will be a success!
Can’t wait to fill you in on all the great events going on tomorrow and Saturday!