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May The Curve Be With You…

Curve Fashion Festival New Look

So I’m not going to lie I can barely contain myself with how excited I am for this Saturday and The Curve Fashion Festival which is in partnership with New Look this year.  Just in case you don’t know The Curve Fashion Festival is the UK’s largest plus size fashion event.

About the event

The Curve Fashion Festival is the unique shopping event that brings together some of the country’s biggest names in fashion and allows its customers to shop them all under one roof! Missguided, Little Thing, Boohoo, New Look, River Island, Yours Clothing and many more all take part in this annual event.  This year will also include the launch of Menswear with River Island, boohooMAN and Bad Rhino all exhibiting.

As well as shopping The Curve Fashion Festival is host to several celebrities and digital influencers. Confirmed celebrities and digital influencers for this year include Tess Holliday, Gemma Collins, Grace F Victory and Felicity Hayward to name a few.

Last year I popped my TCFF cherry for the first time and I had the most amazing experience.  I rubbed shoulders with celebs, got to look at some fabulous fashion on both stands and the runway as well as some fantastic “how to” workshops.  Luckily for me, I also got to meet some bloggers who I have admired and looked up to since inserting myself in to the plus size community.

It will come as no surprise that when the details for 2017 were announced I was on it like a car bonnet.  I grabbed my ticket almost immediately (although I’m now kicking myself for not going VIP).  With just a few days to go before the big event I thought I’d give you a little insight into some of the things I am looking forward to.  I’m not going to include everything as I’ll be here all day plus you’ll have to come back next week for my post event update.

Returning favourites…

  1. Apples & Pears Clothing
    I first came across Apples & Pears at another plus size event and I absolutely love the brand.  One of the USP’s of the brand is that they measure every single garment.  This is irrespective of the size on the label.  They also offer free returns.
  2. navabi
    I saw some of the most exquisite pieces on their stand last year and have followed them since and fawned over some of their collections.  I’m looking forward to seeing some of the pieces in the flesh, especially from their influencer collections.
  3. Doll Lashes
    After never, ever having any success with false lashes discovering Doll Lashes was a revelation.  I wore my Katie’s to death and then got some more.  They will be my first stop so I can get some lashes put on for my day.

Newcomers…

  1. Viva Voluptuous
    The brand was only started in 2015 after Liz Willis struggled to find boudoir lingerie on the high street that catered for / designed for larger sizes.  I follow their social media feeds and am really excited to see some of their products in reality.
  2. Laura Worthington Designs
    Again I only discovered this brand after TCFF announced she would be attending.  I followed her social media and have been absolutely in love with just about everything I’ve seen.  I also adore the ethos of the designer.  Laura says “As a designer I enjoy designing independent ranges or trend driven aimed at my customers personalities. I am passionate about being involved with changing the current fashion industries perception of ideal beauty and expanding awareness of all body shapes and sizes, stating that everyone is beautiful. I want my work to enable women to feel liberated, empowered and confident, irrelevant to their size with design that works well with all body types, and shows off curves with either close fit or beautiful drape.”
  3. Lindy Bop
    Now obviously everyone who knows me will know Lindy Bop aren’t new to me but they are to the event and naturally I can’t wait to have a nose round the stand.  I was lucky enough to see them at London Edge last weekend and happily gave some feedback.  I’m already so excited to see them again.
  4.  Nicky Rockets
    This will be the first time Nicky Rockets will be at TCFF and they will also be debuting a new design for the event.  Everything I love about Nicky Rockets make them the perfect addition to the event.
  5. Plus Equals
    Another amazing brand and the fact they are at this event has me just squealing.  Plus Equals offer one off, hand selected pieces, both vintage and hand upcycled.  The range goes from size UK14 – UK32 but if needed they will go bigger.  If you’ve not fallen in love with one of their Leni Sequin Kimonos, have you ever really fallen in love?

Finally this year also sees Debenhams supporting the festival for the first time.  I’m going to be honest and say I don’t automatically think plus size when I think of Debenhams but I do know that they are putting in work to expand their range so I’m really interested to see what they are offering.  They already offer up to a size UK32 from brands such as The Collection, RJR.John Rocha and Evans.  Debenhams will also be bringing Mollie Campsie, Mahalia Handley and Amelia to represent them so don’t be shy, stop them for a chat or a selfie.

 

Although all the VIP tickets are sold out, it is still possible to grab yourself a general admission ticket and come and join us.

Will you be going this year? Who are you looking forward to seeing? What are some of your favourite memories from last year?  I also feel it’s only fair to point out that I am literally as blind as a bat and mainly used to looking at people via the medium of a tiny social media profile picture.  I’m not ignorant I probably just don’t recognise you.  I have bright pink hair and one hand.  If we speak and you see me please don’t be afraid to come over and make yourself known just be warned I’m a hugger.  Even if we don’t speak but you’d just like to say hi that’s great too.

TTFN

*Although elements of this post were done in collaboration with The Curve Fashion Festival, all opinions are my own.

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