Last Sunday, the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills was awash in all things pink for the Ninth Annual Pink Pump Affair – The Power of Women. This event raises much needed awareness and funds for the Special Needs Network.
I was very honored to be invited to speak on the panel and share my story about being a #femalefounder with the engaging crowd. The panel was moderated by lawyer, and TV personality Areva Martin, who is also the president of the Special Needs Network. I completely resonated with her passion as a feminist and powerful attorney – who ALSO likes to rock blonde hair (at least that day) with a side braid and bright pink lipstick.
Jamie Brewer, one of the 4 women being honored, inspired us with her story as she pursues her Hollywood career and a jewelry business. She is a proud ambassador for the Special Needs Community and for women looking to break through barriers of all kind.
Fashion designer Galina Sobolev rounded out the panel and shared her mission of inclusivity with her Single Dress and Single Dress Plus lines. She also featured her 2017 Plus Line in the afternoon’s fashion show. See below for a little Q&A I did with Galina and stay tuned for future conversations with other inspiring women!
I really loved our panel audience, including some great bloggers and content creators, who asked us thought-provoking questions and shared their stories with me as we snapped pictures on the pink carpet. Thanks for your tweets, emails and DM’s – please keep them coming!
All in all, it was a beautiful and inspiring Sunday afternoon and I was honored to be a part of it. To learn more about the Special Needs Network, please click here!
1. What was the inspiration behind the fashion show you put together for the Pink Pump Project to benefit Special Needs Network?
The inspiration behind putting together a curvy fashion show came from the women involved in this charity. The Special Needs Network team is filled with beautifully curvy women and many of the mothers of the children with autism also fit this line. After being involved with the charity for 7 years realized that these gorgeous women would really enjoy seeing fashions on the runway that are relatable and inclusive instead of seeing another runway show with filled with models wearing a size 0 or 2. I wanted to present fashion that would make women feel and look beautiful.
2. Why did you choose to sponsor this cause?
I have been an avid supporter of The Special Needs Network and the Pink Pump Affair for 7 years. I absolutely love being involved in this project and working with Areva Martin and her team. Giving back to the community is the biggest privilege one has. This country has given me so much and feel it is important to give back. This is truly a remarkable cause.
What 3 tips would you tell someone who aspires to launch their own fashion line?
1). The most important advice I can give someone is to get experience and work for someone else for 5 – 10 years, maybe divide that time between one or two companies. This experience will help anyone who wants to have their own line some day to succeed.
2) Surround yourself with knowledgeable and trustworthy people. It is very important to have the right team, and the right partner.
3) Select a niche market, identify it, and see how you can excel in it. How are you different? How is your line going to be more relevant than 50 others out there? Find something you can do better than anyone else, and make that your niche.
For example, our plus size collection of beautiful dresses and blouses
is available on Amazon.com and Amazon Prime. The line will soon be featured on Gwynnie Bee.com … stay tuned!
That’s a wrap Vanity Girls — and we’ll see you at the next event !