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My Fashion at Fashion Week

It’s been just a month since I attended Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, in New York City.  There was a great deal of preparation involved with my attendance.  My major focus was my wardrobe.  This was fashion week after all.  And being a curvy girl, finding fabulous fashion becomes more of a challenge.

So, when my buddy Anne Fanganello of Anna Festa Design, offered to lend me some clothes, I leaped at the chance.  First off, she’s my friend and I love her stuff.  Secondly, she’s a Colorado designer, designing for curvy girls.  Thirdly, Anne was one of 13 finalists in the Fashion Group International Denver, Rising Stars competition.  So, I would be strutting my stuff in soon to be award winning fashion.

Day One is credential day:  I wore this cute Anna Festa Design, black and white leaf print, matte jersey dress; my favorite denim jacket, and black flats.  It’s early in the week.  You gotta look cute, but not shoot the moon on the first day.  It was stylish and comfortable.  I looked good and relaxed while lounging in the Vogue Magazine Runway Retreat, picking up my first day’s swag and that first glass of champers!

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Day Two the HLN lounge and Hal Rubenstein: Now, although I will be meeting one of fashion’s biggest influencers, I am still playing it cool on the fashion front.  I wear my perfectly proportioned Anna Festa Design, classic black cotton jacket and matching cuffed trousers.  I know I look great, because these trousers actually fit my curves perfectly.  And as anyone knows, leopard print is a neutral so I was elegant and chic without too much effort.  I had a lovely young woman from Trish Mc Voy do a touch up on my make up, before grabbing Hal for a quick chat.  I asked him a gay question that stopped him in his tracks, haha!

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Day Three was spent downtown at one of the “bloggers lounges”.  I sported one of my favorite pieces, my dark navy, tropical weight wool, boys suit.  No designer, off the rack, on sale at some men’s store in NoCal.  I love the gender bending. I femmed it up with my Anna Festa Design, cowel neck tee in slate blue, a chain belt, and black patent pumps.

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Photo by: Patty Hughes, #PattyOnSite

Day Four back in the tents and now things are getting real.  It’s all about my accessories today.  I belted my AFD suit jacket from the earlier in the week.  This is why it’s so great, two looks in one week!  A pencil skirt, leggings and a white shirt are a nice back drop for my 60’s vintage hand embroidered bag (a Japanese chick took video of it, now I know it’s cool) and my Andrea Li Designs brooch of black onyx, garnet and red coral.  I knew I was giving off just the right vibe when the old Frenchmen asked me out for a coffee (in French) while I was standing in line at the drug store.

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Day Five in full fashion force.  This is the last day of shows in the tents and every one is out.  I waited until today to pull out a dress I knew would get plenty of attention; Anna Festa Design, matte jersey, HiLo Maxi in Tangerine.  I’m a hippie diva, so I wore my favorite denim jacket again and killed it in accessories – 50’s vintage bamboo bag, orange hand painted bangle and an orange snood.  I had a lot of pictures taken of me.  And in fashionland during fashion week, having your picture taken is the true validation that your look is working.

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There are plenty of stories from each day and I promise to introduce you to all of the amazing companies and people that I encountered along the way.  And thanks to my friend Anne and Anna Festa Design, I looked great everyday.

Fall 2013 is ready for purchase.  You can find her newest pieces at: http://www.annafestadesign.com

Brooch: Andrea Li: http://www.andrealidesigns.com

Photos: Blake Alan

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About Robyn Vie Carpenter

Married, lesbian, smart, funny, huggable and juicy. I live my mission daily: be out, spread love, teach joy.

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