Reah Norman for City Chic at NY FFF Week

Wow, what a whirlwind! This past week I (Reah Norman, plus fashion stylist and US City Chic correspondent) headed to NYC to attend the 3rd annual Full Figured Fashion Week.  It was an amazing series of events that included a Media and Buyers Reception, Sample Sale, Runway Competition, White Sunset Cruise, Shopping Crawl, Panel Discussions, and Finale Fashion Show, and City Chic fashion was seen all over NYC during these fabulous events...

The week was kicked off on Wednesday evening with a "Media and Buyer's Reception", where the who's who of the industry had a chance to meet and mingle.  Designers, retailers, sponsors, models, and other industry professionals were in attendance for the private, invitation only event that took place at The SkyRoom in Times Square.

Photo Courtesy of C Davidson Photography

Photo Courtesy of Stilleto Siren of Lips, Hips & FATshion Tips
Stilleto Siren rockin' her City Chic!!!

Photo Courtesy of C Davidson Photography

On Thursday, the jam-packed day started off with the "Curves in the City Shopping Soiree" Sample Sale, where plus size clothing companies and vendors, along with accessory and beauty companies came together under one roof, just for the curvy consumer.  The sample sale was jam packed with curvy fashionistas who shopped till they dropped!

Photo Courtesy of T Minus T Plus
Tina of T Minus, T Plus is super chic in her City Chic "Tie Dye Tunic"

Sommer Green, plus model and co-creator of plus comic book "True Sheroes" wears her City Chic "Criss Cross Belt" as part of her costume!

Photo Courtesy of Stilleto Siren
Stilleto Siren, again looking FIERCE in City Chic!
Thursday evening, we all got decked out in our best all white ensembles and headed to the Skyport Marina for the "White on White Sunset Cruise".  We enjoyed 3 hours of drinks, dinner, and dancing, as we sailed around the harbor.  It was so amazing to see everyone in their crisp, summer white ensembles!
 Right before we set sail!

Me with "Plus Print Model of the Year" Fluvia Lacerda

Me with plus models Davie Cabral, Robin Cricket, and Fashion Blogger, Monique of Curves and Chaos

with plus model Krista Mays

with plus model and photographer Jessica Lavoie and plus model Ivory May Kalber

Beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline from the boat

 with plus model Kelsey Olson

 The Statue of Liberty at night is breathtaking!!!

Friday was another jam-packed day of events that was kicked off with the "Full Figured Fashion Crawl" escorted shopping event, which was hosted and sponsored by The Curvy Fashionista, Marie Denee, who escorted attendees all around NYC to various plus size clothing stores and boutiques to get their shop on! 
Photo Courtesy of T Minus T Plus
Tina of T Minus T Plus wearing the City Chic "Ikat Maxi Dress" with the "White Short Sleeved Tuxedo Jacket"... She is ready for a shopping adventure!!!

Photo Courtesy of C Davidson Photography 
The "Shopping Crawl" made sure to stop at Re/Dress NYC!

Photo Courtesy of C Davidson Photography
Later in the evening on Thursday was the panel discussion focusing on "The Pulse of the Plus Size Community" hosted by comedian and actress, Erica Watson.  The panel was made up of professionals within all aspects of the plus community, including:
- Jill Hutchinson, Publiser and General Manager for Sonsi
- Katheryn Finney, founder of The Budget Fashionista
- Madeline Figueroa Jones, Editor for PLUS Model Magazine
- Leslie Medlik, Personal Shopper/Wardrobe Consultant for Re/Dress NYC
- Jennene Biggins, Founder and CEO of Voluptuous Woman Company
The panelists and audience discussed many topics that the plus community is currently facing, including the availability (or lack of) plus size fashion, verbiage that is used to refer to plus size women both within our community and in the main stream media, how plus size women are portrayed in the mainstream media and who represents us, and most of all, how we all can come together as a cohesive unit to support and lift each other up.  It all starts with us!
Madeline Figueroa Jones addressing the audience

The panelists introducing themselves
Photo courtesy of Bella Styles
Me at the panel discussion with Bella Styles
Actress, Kendra C. Johnson, Comedian and Panel host, Erica Watson, PLUS Model Magazine Editor and Panelist Madeline Figueroa Jones, Reah Norman, and Jennene Biggins, Panelist and Founder and CEO of Voluptuous Woman Company

"True Sheroes", Sommer and Meilee rockin' City Chic while speaking at the Youth Panel

Saturday evening was the "Semi-Formal Finale Runway Showcase and Awards Ceremony", where the plus industry and community came together to celebrate plus size fashion!  Both big brands and independent designers shared the runway and showcased collections for the current Summer 2011 season, and previews for Fall and Winter 2011/2012. 

Yours truly, just before the show started!

City Chic in the house!!!

Full Figured Fashion Week host, Shanda Freeman kicking off the event with Nina Taylor,who was the Face of Full Figured Fashion Week 2011.

Jessica from Chic In Every City looks fierce in the "Roxanne Dress" with her patent red pumps!

Full Figured Fashion Week Creator, Gwen DeVoe, greets the attendees before the show.

Stiletto Siren looks fierce in her blue metallic City Chic stapless dress!

A plus size dance troop gets the crowd pumped!

Photo Courtesy of Lucas Pictures
The "Roxanne Dress" makes another appearance, this time on plus model Jamila Watkins.

Photo Courtesy of Jessica of Chic In Every City
Two beauties in the "Roxanne Dress"
Supermodel, Fluvia Lacerda, accepts her award for Plus Print Model of the Year

Photographer, Lucas Jones, accepts his award for Photographer of the Year

PLUS Model Magazine Editor, Madeline Figueroa-Jones, accepts the award for Magazine of the Year

Photo Courtesy of Lucas Pictures
Photo Courtesy of Lucas Pictures
Photo Courtesy of Lucas Pictures
Photo Courtesy of Lucas Pictures

The Finale!
Plus model Nicole Esperanza Zepeda wearing the City Chic "Pleat Beaded Dakota Dress"

Plus model, Sommer Green in the City Chic "Black Satin Bolero"

Full-Figured Fashion Week was an amazing experience and I was so happy to be there representing curvy women and City Chic! Next year I hope to see City Chic on the runway!!!


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