The British Plus Size Fashion Weekend (BPSFW)
Between 15 – 16th February, Shoreditch Town Hall was transformed with a much needed fashion week makeover. The British Plus Size Fashion Weekend (BPSFW) was the first of its kind, showing the world that the face of fashion is indeed changing. With one quarter of women wearing a dress size of 16 or above in the UK women’s fashion market, it was about time that plus size got couture recognition on the catwalks. As well as thirteen show-stoppingly stylish catwalk shows featuring beautiful and confident curvy girls, plus size clothing from Curvissa was on show, as well as numerous style competitions which allowed everyone to get involved.
Simone Rocha AW13
Pink peplums, pink Peter Pan collars, pink pointed sharp shaped garments – the Simone Rocha collection was refreshingly feminine yet still packed a punch. As well as nude, cream shades to complement the pretty pinks, black tones featured heavily throughout the catwalk too, rounding off this stylishly simplistic use of colour blocking. Sheer fabric, lace and mesh panelling complemented the use of wet-look, PVC and leather and the sporadic inclusion of wild animal print jazzed this collection up no end.
Christopher Kane AW13
Christopher Kane dazzled audience members, press and VIPs alike with elaborately embellished outerwear – think lace, think fur, and think fun fashion with a daring edge and definite glamour appeal. Dresses in flamboyant camo prints plus red and gold patterns were one of the main focuses, as were cut out sections and lace panels. Deep, jewel tones like berry red and navy gem stone looked great on sharp cut tops and puff-ball skirts. Dramatic florals and striking geometrics appeared to be the print of the runway, dominating the show. And last but not least, make sure you don’t go forgetting those all important sequin embellishments – party season clearly has a huge impact on AW styles, and Christopher Kane is no exception; there were sparkly embellishments galore.
Accessibility, Inclusion, Innovative – defining this year’s LFW
It wasn’t only the fashion that was revolutionised at London Fashion Week this time around – there was a clear shift and emphasis on digital, with 21 shows broadcast live on the LFW YouTube channel and 60% of London’s catwalk shows streamed live on the official LFW website. This revolution brings us all closer to high-end trends and styles of the upcoming season. Rather than wait for the powers that be to dictate what’s hot, we can watch online and view for ourselves! Coupled with the inclusion of high street brands such as River Island, Topshop and Whistles on the runway, this accessibility seems to reinvent fashion week as we know it.