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Full-Figured Fashion Week
I know why a lot of you are here, so let’s get to why you are here. But, before you read about what I hate about FFF Week, here is some information. You can also read about what I hated last year here. From June 18th to June 23rd in New York City was Full Figured Fashion Week, more commonly known as #FFFWeek2018. #FFFWeek is the “Oscars of Plus.” and for 10 years, Gwen Devoe and her team have worked extremely hard to provide platforms for men and women. And as a participant, the 10-year celebration was EVERYTHING. (You really had to be there, it was dope! So, let’s get to it!)
The Battle Of The Sexes
I tried to attend every event that I could, why wouldn’t I? I attended the Sip and Paint and the Battle of The Sexes event. The event proved to be interesting. It was different talking to someone for sixty seconds then moving on to another individual. MVP Collections sponsored the outfit. (Much love to entire MVP team) I decided that I wanted to wear flannel, but I also wanted to remain as cool as possible. I am 300 plus lbs and I can’t afford to sweat over everyone that I meet. (Imagine that it’s your first time meeting someone and they are sweating like they played a championship basketball game. That’s a no from me.) You can check out some of the images below:
FFF Week All White Cruise
Now, the all white cruise was incredible! The crowd really played the part. There were so many beautiful people on the boat. It was hard to find someone with a bad outfit on. Everyone came and killed. The diversity and the different styles were impressive. I was inspired by a lot of the looks that I saw. But, most importantly the energy was amazing. It was good seeing some old faces and meeting some new people as well. The music was great, I think that I danced most of the evening too. I danced so much that I had to change my shirt, good vibes and good music will do that to you. (I wasn’t a huge fan of the food, they could have served some fried chicken and it would have been good with me! Ha!) I loved the fashion show that the women executed with precision. (Much love to the women that have been on the front lines for body positivity and fashion advocacy for years and allowing big and tall, plus and brawn men to share their platform while building our own. You can read the post on that topic here.) I also linked up with a lot of the brawn brothers and the cast of “Bae Walks.”(Bae Walks is the fashion show that features big and tall men.)
The Curvy Expo
I enjoyed the expos too! There were so many brands, media outlets, bloggers, and influencers. I was interviewed by the plus report and met so many people. I was interviewed by the Plus Report, I enjoyed the all men panel. The all men’s panel was interesting because I learned some different perspectives in the world of big and tall men’s fashion. (To learn the perspectives of others can and will enhance us.)I even got to meet Maui of Phat Girl Fresh. After some food samples and some networking and great conversations, I had to run home and prepare for the “Bae Walks” show.
FFF Week’s Bae Walks
First off can we talk about all of the brands that Gwen Devoe and team had for the event! From the Brandon Kyle Collection, Coogi, SOS Denim, MVP Collections, The Winston Box, Obioma Fashion and Designs by D’Angelo. I have to say that all of the men that were present represented and killed. Even the legend Marco Mays was on the runway. Bae Walks was co-produced by Reggie Mays. There were many designs that I loved and I had to inquire about because I want to wear them. I wanted to tell the designers “let me hold this.”So we got all of that out of the way, why was I absolutely nervous? I couldn’t tell you why, but I did the best that I could. (Let me know what you thought about the looks from the runway.)
The Masquerade Ball
Although I couldn’t stay as long as I would have liked to, the lingerie show was amazing. I loved to see all of the beautiful curvy women. They were confident, bold even and I was there for the smoke. Except when it was my time to walk on the runway. I got nervous (I wasn’t scared, just nervous.) But, I had the opportunity and I took advantage of the opportunity. What did you think of the walk? Is that something that you would wear? I need to know!
I wasn’t able to attend the finale of Full-Figured Fashion week due to family obligations. I am a bit upset, but family is always first. I am sure all of the models killed and much success to everyone that participated.
What I hate about FFF Week
I hate that the week seems to fly by. We know when it’s approaching, we get excited and the week is over. I am like “Come on, Son!”(In my Ed Lover voice.) It’s awesome meeting people that have similar perspectives and those that are trying to reach similar goals. I was honored to be part of the “Oscars of Plus.”I wish we could celebrate curvy women and men of size all year round. But, everything in its time. I hope to be back next year, but if not I am happy that I was able to participate for two years. You can read last years review of Full-Figured Fashion week here. Much love and respect to everyone that made the event possible. If you want to reach us feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can give feedback on the content or if you have a topic that you want us to cover. Until next time, It’s the Gentlemen’s Curb a lifestyle blog where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way.