London Plus Size Fashion Weekend hits Shoreditch
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Over the weekend 15th-16th February the first London Plus Size Fashion Weekend was held at Shoreditch Town Hall, celebrating the larger woman and her curves. The biggest plus-size fashion event that the UK has ever seen, London Plus Size Fashion Weekend brought together plus-size retailers, designers and consumers in various workshops, competitions, discussions and exhibitions. The first event of the day was the Styling Master Class, during which participants were encouraged to find the colours of clothing or make up which suited their skin tone. It was closely followed by ‘Plus Size Models 101’, a discussion presented by Anna Shillinglaw of Milk Model Management centred on how to break into the plus-size modelling industry. Well-known French blogger Gaelle-Vanessa Prudencio hosted a plus-size swap shop, offering style advice to swappers, who were all required to bring three to five items of clothing to swap. Clothing left over was donated to charity. The event hosted a marketplace which was dedicated to plus-size shopping, selling clothes of European size 40 (UK size 12, US size 8 or 10) and upwards. The market also flaunted delicatessen cake stalls, rejecting the taboo of food which is often present in the fashion industry. Cloud Active was doing massages in the marketplace throughout the day. Remi Ray, the founder of London Plus Size Fashion Weekend, said about the event: “I think that the London Fashion Weekend has been created because something on this level has never really been done in the UK. “Also just to bring the plus-size community together and build a rapport with each other so we understand where each other are coming from.” Discussion throughout the event capitalised on debates concerning topics that affect the plus-size industry, breaking into the industry and how best to contribute to the industry. It ended with a catwalk fashion show, showcasing the works of designers such as Syreeta Badu and Anna Scholz. Shop sizes 12 plus at Simply Be here.