Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Event Coverage: Philly Small Business Fashion Week 2016 Red Gala


Rocking the PSBFW red carpet wearing the "Bree" dress from Curvaceous Boutique.

Philadelphia Small Business Fashion Week  is being held from April 5-9. The week will showcase many designers and boutiques in & around the Philadelphia region. I love the fact that the event is designed to help a local charitable organization. This year's beneficiary is the Darby Foundation which is a non-profit organization that creates and supports programs that help motivate youth ages 7-18. I'm down with anything that uses fashion for a cause!

I'm attending three shows during the week. The first was the kick-off Red Gala where everyone came out in their best crimson, ruby, firecracker, and cherry red ready to slay the red carpet and open the week long of fashion fun. I met some great people during the evening. First up was Jessica Ruiz of Dreamy Eyes Artistry. This beautiful, talented Philly MUA is the lead makeup artist for each of shows during PSBFW. She'll head a team of 15 makeup artists all local to Philadelphia. Jessica says she assembled her team via social media by observing each potential candidate's Instagram page for about week or so to see the artist's work. She worked with PSBFW Season 2 last year and her most recent work prior this week's event was during Atlantic City Fashion Week. I can't wait to see her awesome work on the runway this week!


With Jessica Ruiz of Dreamy Eyes Artistry


Former Pro Boxer/Fashion Desinger, Simon "One Punch" Carr
Next up I chatted with former boxer turned music producer and fashion designer Simon "One Punch" Carr. "One Punch", as he is commonly called, will showcase his "Punchline" clothing during the urban wear show on April 7. Simon explained his love and dedication to fashion despite what some of his critics said when he first began back in 2008. His inspiration came from those who paved with way for black men in street wear fashion such as Russell Simmons, Sean "Diddy" Combs, and Jay Z. He's always designed men's & women's wear, but expanded his designs to include full figure fashion at the urging of some important women in his life - his mother, sisters, grandmother & aunts - who wanted to see themselves represented in his clothing line. Good move sir!



Just before the night ended I chatted with Ms. Tawanna Blassingame, creator & editor-in-chief of Queen Size Magazine. Queen Size Magazine is the sponsor the first full figured fashion of PSBFW. The publication was founded in 2011 and covers various aspect of lifestyle, fashion, and business. It is dedicated to the queen size diva who is not only plus size/full figured but has a queen size mentality. Follow QSM on IG for more inspiration and updates on new issues. Pictured with Tawana is Leslie Flores, the newly named signature brand model for Burning Guitars clothing line. Leslie is a plus size model from York, PA who's slated to be featured in BB Plus Magazine and is the spokesmodel for Project Bombshell. Stay on the lookout for the beauty on a runway near you!

I'll be back tomorrow with my write up on PSBFW's Full Figured Fashion so stay tuned! Check out my Facebook page for more shots from the Red Gala launch.


Jessica pictured with some of her MUA team

Red Gala hosts @thebillionbrand & @bizzybahdee with Chris Arceneaux of the Darby Foundation

Philly SB Fashion Week creator Dawane Cromwell


4/6/16 Editor's note: This post has been updated to reflect the change in the showcase of Simon Carr's clothing line.
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