VIP and Making History! ECI Presents “Haute Curves” during LA Fashion Week

Better late than never…right? So…. my post is unfortunately a little late in the game as I have been waiting for images from the photographers who worked the red carpet for the Haute Curves event, but still no luck:( So don’t mind all my phone pics.

Recently I had the opportunity to be part of history in the making by attending the first ever plus size fashion show during LA Fashion Week hosted by Elite Curves International. Haute Curves LA Fashion Week held October 13, 2012 at the LA Convention Center showcased independent designers and companies that cater to sizes 12 and above. When I saw the announcement come out via Facebook naming some designers that I have not yet seen or heard of before I knew that I had to attend. Plus, I knew all of my favorite LA based plus size fashionistas would be attending and it would be a night to get dressed up and celebrate our curves together.

I had to do this event right and go VIP…of course! With this being the first ever Haute Curves, I wanted to enjoy this event to the fullest. Now what to wear??? Of course, I reached out to one of my favorite designers all time Rachel Pally to dress me for the red carpet. She sent me one of the most amazing dresses from her White Label Fall Collection that fit my style to a T! Well, almost everything she designs is my style but that’s besides the point…this dress I felt was made for me. The design, cut, style, and super cool graffiti print are like no other.

After I received the dress I reached out to my sister-in-law Mandi Line who is an amazing stylist and dresses the adorable girls on the hit TV show Pretty Little Liars. Mandi hooked me up with a funky black leather Rebecca Minkoff clutch, gold pyramid stud earrings and bracelet by CC Skye, and a super cool gold and black sunburst cocktail ring by House of Harlow. After shopping with Mandi, I was seriously ready to rock the red carpet…. check it out.

Shopping with my sister-in-law and Fashion Stylist Mandi Line

Shopping with my sister-in-law and Fashion Stylist Mandi Line

Purse by Rebecca Minkoff, Gold Pyramid Stud Earrings and Bracelet by CC Skye, Black and Gold Sunburst Cocktail Ring by House of Harlow

Purse by Rebecca Minkoff, Gold Pyramid Stud Earrings and Bracelet by CC Skye, Black and Gold Sunburst Cocktail Ring by House of Harlow

 

Me with fellow plus model Melinda Mann

Kennedy Dress by Rachel Pally White Label Collection

 

The event was cool and quaint, hosted by none other than the lovely Chenese Lewis. I was thrilled to see so many familiar faces in the plus industry that I had not seen for awhile such as The Curvy Fashionista Marie Denee, Tulin Emre and Reah Norman of Plus Model Magazine, Curvy Girls creators Lisa & Laura Nelson, Queen Grace Collection Designer Adolfo Sanchez, Plus Model/Actress Rosie Mercado and more . Designers and companies such as 17 Sundays, Blacklisted Couture, Cult of California, Forever 21 and more came out with a bang and rocked the runway with a gorgeous range of models in a variety of shapes, sizes, and looks. Check out some of the images from the Haute Curves show here.

Me & Plus Model Magazine's Fashion Director and my fav Reah Norman

Me & Plus Model Magazine’s Fashion Director and my fav Reah Norman

At intermission I took advantage of my VIP ticket and got my 1 complimentary cocktail which I chose a yummy Cranberry Vodka and made my way down to the vendor room to do a little shopping. As I entered I was pretty disappointed only to see a couple tables set up in the room.  I had brought some extra cash hoping to pick up some goodies from some of the new designers featured in show or something, but there wasn’t much to choose from unfortunately so I headed backstage to say hello to some of my gorgeous fellow model friends who were in the show and check out the goodies in my Haute Curves VIP swag bag.

Luxurious Haute Curves LA Fashion Week VIP Swag

Luxurious Haute Curves LA Fashion Week VIP Swag

After the show I hit the red carpet once again before entering the VIP Reception held in a separate hall adjacent to the show. There they offered light snacks, a cash bar, and a DJ rockin the night away and of course….I had to get my dance on for a hot second before I said my goodbyes.

I think for this event being held during LA Fashion Week I had high expectations and unfortunately was left a bit disappointed as a VIP ticket paying guest. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the fact that we had a plus size fashion show during LA Fashion Week but strongly feel that we need to step up or game when doing events like these in order for the fashion industry to truly be taking our industry seriously and accepting/including us in all aspects of Fashion Week in all areas. This is LA…. and I know that there are more LA based, plus friendly businesses out there who could have participated and showed their support for events like this. All in all I had a great time, spent the evening with some amazing people, and celebrated the plus size fashion industry/community which always is a PLUS!

I would love to hear your thoughts. Did you attend the show? What did you think? Who was your favorite designer to rock the runway?

To learn more about Elite Curves International and see more images from the Haute Curves event visit the ECI Facebook page here.

Special thanks to Rachel Pally for dressing me for the event. Be sure to check out more fabulous designs by Rachel Pally White Label and to my amazing stylist sis-in-law Mandi Line for adding the final touches to my look. You can follow Mandi on Twitter…be sure to let her know what you thought of my look;)