2013 will see the very first London Plus Size Fashion Weekend take place, to much fanfare. Held from 15-16th February – in the heart of the traditional London Fashion Week – this event is an exciting alternative to the usual show, giving plus size fashion a significant, far-reaching platform.
The organisers of the London Plus Size Fashion Weekend say they aim to “enhance, educate, empower, and support” the UK plus size fashion industry. The founder, Remi Ray, first began promoting plus size fashion through her blog, the appropriately titled Trapped in a Skinny World.
According to Remi, she was inspired to start writing because, as a student, she struggled to have her curvier look accepted by her peers. Now, Trapped in a Skinny World is typically viewed by at least 200 readers a day, and offers fantastic insights into the plus size industry.
The weekend promises a huge variety of events, including fashion shows, style master classes, swap shops and discussion panels. It seems that the plus size fashion industry can more than hold its own against the world of traditional fashion, and this success is only bound to increase.
Inspiration for exciting plus size looks is easy to find: Christina Hendricks of Mad Men fame, for example, is a great icon for how to make the most of being curvy. She chooses dresses and skirts that tuck in at the waist to emphasise her hourglass shape. At the premiere of Ginger and Rosa in 2012 she showed that plus size fashion doesn’t have to be dull by sporting a black sequinned midi dress that single-handedly stole all of the red carpet attention.
For anyone who wants to explore a variety of plus size clothing, isme.com has a fantastic selection, including statement going out dresses that can help you to emulate Hendricks’ elegant (and much praised!) red carpet style. Look out for dresses with capped sleeves, lower cut necklines and, of course, the all-important nipped-in waist to make the most of your assets and really accentuate your curves.