Saturday, 16 February 2013

BPSFW

This weekend I went to the first ever British Plus Size Fashion Weekend, held in Shoreditch, London.
I've been looking forward to it for ages, and I had high hopes. To start off there was a styling masterclass, and as a fashion student I like to think I already know most of it, but I still learnt a few things about skin tones and fabrication. After that was the swap shop, in which I got rid of four of my unworn items from my wardrobe, but only got one cardigan in return for.
Dress - ASOS Curve
Cardigan - Dorothy Perkins
Tights - M&S
Shoes - Topshop

What I really enjoyed was the panel discussion which included plus size designer Anna Scholz, and model Velvet D'amour. Some interesting topics were bought up, but I felt the discussion was cut short and only lasted 45 minutes long. I was also let down by how small the market area was - but I guess this isn't surprising seeing as plus size selection is small, and this is the first event. After that was the fashion show which I felt made the entire day.
As you can see, it was hard to capture any decent pictures on an iphone, but I didn't want to carry a hefty SLR around all day.I was particularly happy to see Anna Scholz's collection walk the catwalk, as well as new labels such as One One Three, and other's I had never heard of before but was pleasantly surprised by. The show went on for an hour, showing a wide variety of clothing, and the wonderful plus size models.
And here's an artsy blurry shot for you:
Though I felt the day could've done with better organisation and I was let down by some of it, overall for it's first attempt I feel it was a great success. I felt uplifted watching women, who look like me, walk the catwalk, as well as being able to admire clothing that I can actually wear! Everyone was friendly, and I made new friends as well as having a fun day. I'm glad I went, and I look forward to the next one. 

Who knows, maybe my designs will one day be shown on this very catwalk?

p.s. did you have a good valentines day? This was mine, shared with my friend Kirsi:

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