Wow… what a great week it has been celebrating the first British Plus Size Fashion Weekend! We were super excited to have our three roving reporters at the event filling us in on all the gossip from the day. Sit back and relax whilst they bring you their experiences from the day…
Becky – Mrs BeBe
When F&F Clothing invited me to cover the British Plus Size Fashion Weekend I was excited to head to London and experience it for myself. There has been so much press coverage and hype about the weekend, and as the organiser of a plus size fashion event myself I was intrigued to see how this would compare. Of course the lure of London is very appealing and lots of amazing fashionable plus size women had travelled from far and wide to experience the event, and I think for me that’s what I’ll take from the day, it was great to be in the company of so many wonderful confident women who embrace fashion in a world that doesn’t always embrace them and make it work.
The day itself, unfortunately suffered from some teething problems, the venue wasn’t the best if I’m completely honest, it lacked the facilities needed for such a big event and the staff seemed a little overwhelmed by the task. I did however enjoy seeing some great, fashion forward exciting designers on the catwalk, modelled by some stunning plus size models, and the plus size discussion panel (that I live tweeted) brought up some interesting topics. I look forward to seeing how the team will improve on next year’s event.
Caroline – Curvy Wordy
On Saturday 16th February 2013 I was fortunate enough to attend the inaugural Official British Plus Size Fashion Week (BPSFW) on behalf of F&F Clothing. The event was held at Shoreditch Town Hall in east London and was attended by a number of bloggers and the general public, all anticipating a great day full of inspirational activities.
We took part in a styling master class, a model 101 session, a plus size panel discussion and a clothes swap. The day was rounded off with a fashion show, which lasted over an hour as there were so many brands on show! It was inspirational to see the clothes being modelled by plus-sized models and I love all the gorgeous new prints that are coming out this season.
My highlights of the day have to be meeting up with so many of my blogger friends (and making new ones!) and being able to network with the brands at the event.
Overall, there was a positive feeling about the event as it brought together brands, designers, bloggers, the press and retail customers, all with the same aim – to get more fashion choices available for plus-sized women. However, there were several problems during the day and the organisation and venue left a lot to be desired. I know the team are keen to learn lessons from the event and I am sure that if it takes place next year BPSFW will be bigger and better!
Thanks so much to F&F Clothing for giving me the opportunity to attend the event.
Emma – Fashion Mommy
I was very excited and really honored to be asked to represent F&F clothing at the first London Plus size Fashion Weekend on Saturday. As a proud plus size lady I was really pleased to be given the opportunity to meet lots of lovely bloggers, browse a market place containing hot new labels on the plus size fashion scene, and enjoy a rather exciting fashion show featuring new and established plus size brands.
I had a really fantastic time, there were just so many highlights that it is hard to keep to a word limit in describing my day. Caroline from Curvy Wordy and Becky from The Ramblings of Mrs BeBe were just fantastic, and it was also great to catch up with Bethany from My Arched Eyebrow who was also covering the day. I got to meet and chat with one of my fashion idols, the wonderful designer Anna Scholz, who just delighted me when she complimented me on my dress, which was an F&F purchase, of course!
The fashion show was a great indicator of just how far plus-size fashion is progressing, with 11 great brands that encompassed High Street to High Fashion, modelled by a diverse range of beautiful woman who were embracing their body shapes, and proving that the adage that fashion looks better on skinny frames is just wrong. Some clothes do suit a slim frame better, but some designs need curves to show them to their best advantage, and this was shown in a range of figure hugging designs, with not a shapeless smock in sight.
The event wasn’t perfect, a refreshment area where you could sit down and get a cold drink was sorely needed, LPSFW was very ‘dry’ in this respect, and with gaps between events there was also a need for a general area where guests and bloggers could sit, wait and chat between events. The discussion panel was so interesting it could probably have been longer in duration, whilst the Colour workshop was a little chaotic. But this was the first time this event had taken place, and so it was a learning curve. Hopefully LPSFW will go from strength to strength, growing bigger and better each year.
With huge thanks to F&F for the invitation.