by Donna Reid
Haute Curves LA Fashion Week kicks off Saturday, October 12, 2013. Stunning models and designs will light up the runway and make curvy girls everywhere proud. Elite Curves International (EIC) made history when they sponsored and produced the inaugural show in 2012, and will do so again this year.
This year’s show adds a healthy dose of social responsibility: EIC has partnered with the local charity City of Hope, which provides educational, emotional, and other health care services for women with breast cancer. Kris Eliza Boutique, Purple Diva Design, and Z by Zavarra, the fabulous designers of evening and cocktail wear, intimate apparel and other fashionable luxury brands, are some of whom will be featured this year.
Knowing this would be another groundbreaking event for EIC, I reached out to Angela Rene’, Co-Producer of Haute Curves LAFW, who graciously responded!
DOFW: What does having the first plus size fashion show (I thought it was the second, but I may be wrong?) happening during LA’s fashion week mean for you, and for us as plus size women?
Angela Rene’: This show means everything to plus size women! That women don’t have to be size zero to four to participate in fashion forward shows that happen during LA Fashion Week. The plus size woman has been overlooked in mainstream shows, and are tired of going to events and not seeing themselves represented on the runway.
DOFW: What do you expect the outcome of this event to do for plus size fashion?
Angela Rene’: Having a show like Haute Curves LAFW opens the doors for more events such as this one. When we did the show last year, we had no idea the impact we would have. So many women had never seen women sizes twelve to twenty-six on a runway before! They loved seeing women that were confident and that were wearing fashions they could actually wear!
Women were inspired and more plus size shows are being produced. It also gives independent designers exposure to women who are looking for more fashion options and brings awareness to the fashion industry, that women with curves love fashion, and are fashionable!
DOFW: Do you think this will become the “norm,” where clothing for our size will be a part of any fashion week and not just as a “special feature”?
Angela Rene’: It would be awesome to have just fashion shows, not plus size, or straight size. Plus size models are size six! It’s ridiculous! I have never seen a size six in any plus size retail store or website! However, it’s great to see events like NYFW finally have plus size designers featured. It was a groundbreaking moment, but I think as long as the media and designers continue to make being size zero to four “normal,” then we will still continue to be separate but not equal. That glass ceiling has yet to be broken…but there are some cracks in it!
About the Author:
Donna (aka Foreverserenity) is a wife, mother of three, and grandmother of one. She loves to write and blogs about fashion, lifestyle, her fitness quest, culture, poetry, and music. She’s on Twitter as @foreverserenity, has over 50 boards on Pinterest, and blogs at d-foreverserenity.com, fabulouslycurvy.blogspot.com and serenitybeginnersprose.blogspot.com. She considers herself to be an independent thinker, living randomly in life’s moments.
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