This past weekend, Team City Chic and I had a whirlwind adventure in Las Vegas at The Curvy Revolution Plus Size Convention at Planet Hollywood. City Chic was proud to be a co-sponsor of the first annual plus size convention, and I had the honor of attending the weekend of festivities along with them, in order to bring you the inside scoop on all the jam-packed fun, including VIP parties, a runway competition, vendor expo, workshops and panel discussions, and fashion finale event.
On Friday evening, we mingled, enjoyed appetizers and cocktails, and watched on as plus model, actress, and celebrity makeup artist, Rosie Mercado hosted the "Miss Curve Competition" for all of the convention attendees, plus industry professionals, and VIP's. It was truly empowering and inspiring to see all the confident contestants strut their stuff on the runway and celebrate everything they love about their curves. Madeline Figueroa Jones, editor of PLUS Model Magazine was on hand to judge the competition, as well as share her advice and expertise in the industry with the contestants and all the attendees.
Head designer at City Chic, Lucy Doyle with supermodel Fluvia Lacerda
Reah Norman with Courtney, the face of City Chic
Plus models Courtney, Fluvia, Griselangel, Allison, along with Reah
The beautiful "Miss Curve Competition" contestants in their evening gowns.
Congratulations to the 2011 "Miss Curve Competition" winner, Chrisandra Wells!
Courtney, Fluvia and Madeline with Monique of 'Curves and Chaos'
Darrianne Donnelly of BGM Models, along with Griselangel, Courtney and Reah.
Saturday, (Day 2) of The Curvy Revolution was a fun filled day packed with shopping, mingling, and networking at the vendor expo, which included several different clothing, lingerie and accessory designers and companies, as well as social networking, modeling, pageantry organizations, even the founders and creators of the comic book, True Sheroes, based on plus size super-heros.
Monique of 'Curves and Chaos' with Reah and Fluvia
Purple Diva Designs- luxury jewelry and fashion accessories
Reah, along with Sommer, Lola and Meilee of True Sheroes
Reah Norman posing for the Big Girl Runway camera
Reah with the Big Girl Runway team
On Saturday evening, team City Chic got decked out in our fanciest City Chic ensembles and made an appearance at The Curvy Revolution's "Pink and Black Charity Gala". Later that night, we celebrated in true Las Vegas fashion and partied like rock stars at Koi Lounge Planet Hollywood. We sipped on drinks and had an amazing time dancing the night away.
Courtney wearing the City Chic "Contrast Ribbon Ruffle Victoria Dress"
Reah Norman wearing the City Chic "Roxanne Dress"
Madeline Figueroa Jones wearing the City Chic "So Cute Contrast Dress" with Reah,
Fluvia, and Phil and Mark from the City Chic team.
Courtney is ready to get the party started!!!
Cocktail time with City Chic designer, Lucy, Darrianne of BGM Models and the beautiful Courtney
Maddy with Sara Bartlett of Bombshell Beauty
Sunday was the last day, and main fashion finale event of The Curvy Revolution and team City Chic was front row to attend the fashion show, which was co-hosted by multi-media maven, B. Scott and Angela Adderly, and included a showcase of one of a kind creations from independent designers, as well as clothing from companies such as Jill Alexander, Bettie Page, About Curves, and Always for Me, with a fabulous finale fashion show by Lane Bryant. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the diverse group of models with all levels of experience and all different shapes and sizes in the first portion of the show, then seeing the top plus models in the industry strut their stuff for the Lane Bryant finale. All aspects of the plus size industry came together during this fashion finale event to celebrate everything we love about the plus industry and spread the plus fashion love!
Courtney, Lucy and Reah representing in City Chic
Co-host Angela Adderly wearing City Chic's "Fergie Dress" during the main fashion finale event.
I had a wonderful time in Las Vegas with team City Chic! We had an amazing opportunity to meet and mingling with top professionals in the plus industry, and to give everyone an up-close and personal look at the City Chic brand, which is being welcomed with open arms into the US market. Throughout the weekend I was bombarded with positive feedback and excitement about the brand being available in the US.
I am honored to be part of the City Chic blog team and to be helping spread the word in the US about this amazing brand and I look forward to the day the when I can walk into a store here in the US and purchase their clothing.
Throughout the weekend I received tons of compliments on what I was wearing, so stay tuned for "What We Wore"... an up-close look at the City Chic looks that were worn by myself, and other attendees during The Curvy Revolution.