I sent the word out on Twitter that I was looking for guest bloggers. The lovely Tajmiah was gracious enough to write this guest post for me. Thanks!
I love clothes. The feel, scent, vibrant colors, way things can be matched and mixed and matched again fuel my passion. I only have one issue, I am a 20. No, I’m not 20 years old. I wear a size 20. Why is that an issue? Well it would not be except that on a scale that begins with a 00 the most luxurious styles are reserved for the lower sizes. It leaves my size 20 at a disadvantage. I have come to realize that this is not an attack on my character, but a lack of passion for full-figured fashion in the fashion industry. Instead my own passion must emerge with creativity and innovation to pull my look together. I applaud Lane Bryant and Ashley Stewart for their efforts to meet the full-figured woman’s need for stylish clothing, although you are bound to run into someone with the same idea, I give them an A for effort. Designers such as Monif C. and Jibri are excellent for full-figured fashion and boutiques like Curvysta, in Atlanta, are havens for full-figured women looking for fully-fabulous clothes. Do not let someone else’s lack of appreciation determine how much you appreciate yourself. Love from the inside out will show regardless of your size, and in my case it definitely shows through my clothes.
Monday 6/28: CHANEL Vintage Handbags, Ingwa; Melero seen on Entourage, Nautica Swimwear
Tuesday 6/29: High Fashion Crime Scenes, Single, Skagen Watches
Wednesday 6/30: Styles Inspired by Twilight Eclipse
Thursday 7/1: Demitasse Jewelry seen on Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi & Gail Simmons, Sweet Pea, Swiss Legend
Friday 7/2: JLee Silver, Kelly Nishimoto
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I was able to interview Alicia from FFS in Columbia, SC. I was happy that she wanted to do this. I hope you all like this interview.
What is FFS, and how did you decide to start a company like this in Columbia, SC? We aren’t really known for being a fashion capitol.
FFS began as Fortress Fashion Shows. I put on my first show at the South Carolina State Museum to raise funds for 2 of my favorite charities, and had over 300 people in attendance and participation. After the show, the models continued to call and email, requesting help with their modeling careers as there aren’t a lot of options in South Carolina and they enjoyed working with our team. This birthed FFS Model and Talent Agency which now humbly boasts 65 models signed to our talent roster.
What services does FFS offer the modeling / entertainment community?
Fortress Fashion Shows offers the community another option for fun trendy entertainment. There are a handful of reputable fashion event planners in Columbia and we are just proud to be one of them. Our fashion shows are a way for people to meet, exchange contacts, have fun, purchase trendy merchandise from great vendors, and see our models in action on the runway.
FFS Model and Talent Agency offers aspiring and current models an opportunity to practice their craft in a safe and creative environment. Many of our models have come to us with horror stories such as:“eye candy” agencies, adult or night club promoters masquerading as modeling agencies, “modeling farms” that charge the models hundreds of dollars up front for photos and instruction and the models never book a single job with those agencies or even hear from them again after paying their money.
We pride ourselves on offering necessary services at extremely reasonable rates, and actually booking our models paying assignments in the Southeast. Taking a lot of pictures is fun, but it doesn’t pay the bills. Our models are carefully trained, well equipped, and given lots of one on one attention. My models can reach me directly any time day or night.
Your company produces fashion shows. How many do you usually do a year, and do you invite the public?
We have at least 4 fashion shows per year on our calendar (1 per quarter). We do invite the public as well as the friends and family of the models. We encourage anyone interested in fashion to attend our shows to learn about modeling agencies and fashion shows on a local level. We also encourage the general public to attend as a fun and relaxing form of recreation in Columbia SC.
What do you think about the fashion community in Columbia and South Carolina?
My personal and professional opinion is that it is very divided. I believe there are some wonderfully talented people in this state that love fashion. I also believe that due to a few bad apples, we have become territorial and afraid to unite together for projects and events. If some of the brilliant fashion designers, organizers, planners, photographers, MUA’s, boutiques, vendors, etc got together and really worked as a team, we could have a fashion presence in SC that would make major metropolitan areas envious of us. I think Columbia has a long way to go as far as unity, but I do believe we have a fantastic abundance of talented beings in Columbia.
As far as the rest of the state, I believe the trendsetter has got to be Charleston! Ayoka Lucas and Charleston Fashion Week are truly South Carolina’s claim to fame in the fashion world. They give Columbia something to strive for and admire.
I know you are having auditions and a makeup workshop soon. When is that, and how can people that are interested in modeling or are looking for an agent get in contact with you?
We are having an open modeling call this Saturday on June 26th, 2010 at 1pm at the Sleep Inn on East Exchange Blvd off of Garners Ferry Road and a Makeup Application Workshop (taught by Make Me over Eb’s Ebony Looney) that same day and location at 12 noon. Anyone that is interested in participating in either event may contact us through our website: www.ffsmodelandtalentagency.info or by phone: 803 7287997 or by email: Alicia@ffsmodelandtalentagency.info.
Thanks for the interview.
Thank you so much! I appreciate you taking the time to do so! Have a wonderful day!
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Soooo this year I am trying to do things differently, or do things outside of my comfort zone. I met new people, went to Charleston Fashion Week, wore bracelets even though I barely wear jewelery, let my arms hang free, called an embattled CEO and over the weekend….. I ate sushi. I hate the smell and taste of fish. If I eat seafood, it has to be cooked crab and shrimp, but I tried sushi and it was great. I even went back a second time. Go me! My friend Khali and I went to Miyo’s after driving around Columbia, only to find every other sushi spot closed. I had the Godzilla (rice, seaweed,crab, all fried tempura style) and the Mermaid (rice,seaweed,crab,salmon,shrimp, and cream cheese). It was good. Even though I love the Godzilla, it was just too big. The Mermaid was smaller, and the cream cheese gave it a very interesting taste. I just need to get over the texture issue and learn how to use some chopsticks. Now take a look at my shoddy camera phone skills. Actually I like this photo. It is kind of grainy though.
I don’t know the prices for these boots, but they are hot! Combat boots are on trend for the fall, so stock up when you see a pair.
Ready for Combat
Combat-inspired boots make a tough comeback in our over-the-knee and ankle boots.
We’re so happy to learn French model Noemie Lenoir is back to work after what appeared to be a suicide attempt last month.
Not only will you see the gorgeous 30-year-old model in a romantic spread in the July issue of Elle (see it here), but Lenoir’s agent also told StyleList that she recently shot a Willy Van Der Perr-photographed, Katie Grand-styled spread for Russian Vogue’s September issue alongside curvy beauties Ana Beatriz Barros, Alessandra Ambrosio, and ’90s model Claudia Mason. (See a few behind-the-scenes images on Elite’s blog).
Fans will also see Lenoir in a future issue of i-D in a spread about the 50 hottest designers of the moment, which was also shot in London recently.
Welcome back, Noemie!
Coral is another one of those colors, like teal, that goes with every skin tone. I think this color is going to be my next nail polish color. This color is so fun and cool to wear. Literally. It isn’t hot and bulky like dark colors, but light and airy. I love that companies are using this color in jewelry, pants, shirts, dresses, and just about everything else that you can imagine. Stock up on this color.