Plus-sized models carve out corner of London Fashion Week
LONDON (AFP) - It's a skinny girl's world, particularly in fashion where the thin, androgynous look always wins out. But this weekend, an alternative to London Fashion Week celebrated the larger lady and all her curves.
"Thank you all for being who you are," declared one of the organisers at the first Official British Plus-Size Fashion Weekend in Shoreditch, an edgy district in the east of the capital beloved of young hipsters and music fans.
Here, elegantly dressed women browse racks of clothes designed for European size 40 (UK size 12, US size 8 or 10) and upwards, snacking intermittently from plates of crisps and cupcakes spread around the venue - food here is not taboo.
The two-day event featured discussions, tutorials by bloggers and a final catwalk show featuring established and first-time models.