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Thursday, January 9, 2014

House of Coco: PDX Fat Fashion Gala

Posted by Coco Madrid on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Alyson Clair of Clair Vintage and Rita Hudson - Evalt of Hubris Apparel
  • James Collier of Pocho's Cosas
  • Alyson Clair of Clair Vintage and Rita Hudson-Evalt of Hubris Apparel

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of co-hosting a special event for the fat fashion (Google "fat fashion," it's a thing!) community at the Mark Woolley Gallery at Pioneer Place.

Fat fashion community? Yep, we have one! And it's thriving.

In the last couple of years, we have used the magical powers of the Internet to organize ourselves for brunches, shopping trips, clothing swaps, karaoke outings, and even some skinny dipping on Sauvie Island. The gala was just another way to celebrate ourselves and all of our accomplishments as a community.

One of my biggest goals for 2014 is to bring Portland fashion to the Portland fat fashion community. 'Cause as anyone over size 10 knows, Portland fashion does not cater to the plus community. Besides local resale shops like Fat Fancy and Savvy Plus, to my knowledge there aren't very many plus options in locally run shops.

But, with the power of networking I found some options, and through the gala I was able to expose four amazing women!

Chubby Cartwheels
Co-host of the gala and boundary-pushing goddess Shawna Farmer is the one-woman show behind body-positive brand Chubby Cartwheels. The brand is, at the moment, an online plus size clothing and accessories store that supports fashion of all shapes and sizes. Shawna brings nothing less than fierce to the table with her velvet skater skirts, mesh and lace body suits, crop tops, and bandeaus.

Hubris Apparel
Rita of Hubris Apparel designs and produces a women's ready to wear line. Inspired by a modern, bold woman ready to take on the world, the clothes are cut with movement and comfortable grace in mind. They are meant to be versatile in style and fit, come out of a suitcase ready to wear, and are made with fabrics that will last through the years. She offers wholesale and custom orders! If you are looking to see and touch some of Rita's items you can check out her plus line atUnion Rose.
THANK YOU UNION ROSE!!!

Clair Vintage Inspired
Designer Alyson Clair’s pieces are made for womanly bodies—from curvy to skinny–-with an emphasis on fit. The wearable, easy-to-love frocks range from frothy, silky dresses to the knits she’s obsessed with, to figure-flattering wiggle skirts. Every piece looks fantastic season after season, and showcases her eye for design, as well as her sense of humor (who else would call it the “No Muffin-Top” skirt?).

And lastly we have Noelle, who isn't an apparel designer but is a plus woman who we wanted to support at the gala. Noelle runs an accessories line called Noniko, which features eclectic, bold, beautiful designs inspired by nature with an urban edge. You can find her designs on Etsy, and I dare you not to want all of the items she has listed!!

The event was a night of meeting new friends, celebrating our bodies, and embracing our love of fashion within our own community. We have since received a large amount of positive feedback, which has pushed us to start planning the next one!

Noelle of Noniko
  • James Collier of Pocho's Cosas
  • Noelle of Noniko

Hosts of the Gala (from left) Shawna Farmer of Chubby Cartwheels, Leigh Rich, Coco Madrid with party goers
  • Jessica Kane of Life & Style of Jessica Kane
  • Hosts of the Gala (from left) Shawna Farmer, Leigh Rich, & Coco Madrid with party goers

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  • James Collier of Pocho's Cosas

Rita and Alyson with co-owner of Fat Fancy Carlee Smith
  • James Collier of Pocho's Cosas
  • Rita and Alyson with co-owner of Fat Fancy Carlee Smith

Fellow Mercury Contributor and Bubble Boy Wyatt Schaffner and Coco from House of Coco
  • James Collier of Pocho's Cosas
  • Fellow Mercury Contributor and Bubble Boy Wyatt Schaffner and Coco from House of Coco

Taylor Oldfield and Lia Jimenez-Robbins
  • James Collier of Pocho's Cosas
  • Taylor Oldfield and Lia Jimenez-Robbins

Local FATshionista Laurel Dickman wearing Hubris Apparel
  • James Collier of Pocho's Cosas
  • Local FATshionista Laurel Dickman wearing Clair Vintage

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