Sunday, 8 October 2017

#Adventures of Lyza VL 1: New Look Curve Fashion Festival Review

The Curve Fashion Festival was held on the 9th of September 2017 in Liverpool and this was its Second Year running. My overall rating is an 8/10 as it was a brilliant experience. Personally, it was more of a networking event than a festival but it's all about what you decide to make of the event. I went with the mindset of making connections and meeting like-minded people in the industry. In terms of the atmosphere, it was generally positive everyone's dressing was a direct reflection of their personalities. Can't speak for others but for me, I didn't see anyone making others uncomfortable, everyone seemed to follow the number one rule of body positivity, No fat shaming! Traveling to the venue was great, the Exhibition Centre was easily accessible not too far from the Liverpool Central train station.

Outfit Details  
I decided to go for smart casual, travelling from London I didn't want to wear something that would make me uncomfortable throughout the day. Also, waking up at 3 am in the morning to start getting ready would be such a hassle especially if I was wearing heels or maybe a long dress, thus my outfit needs to be simple and stylish. The picture at the bottom is me at the Ashleigh PlusSize stand.

Jacket  from ASOS  (size 26)
Aviator Glasses from eBay
Earrings from Lovisa
Top from Primark  (size 20)
Fishnet Socks from Primark
Jeans from Newlook (size 20)
Watch from ASOS
Shoes Doc martens (size 9)

Quite delighted that I wore this outfit and didn't change my mind as I was labelled one of the 22 stylish women who stole the Curve Fashion Festival by Echo Liverpool.  

The Festival
River Island, Newlook, Missguided, Very, Boohoo, Topsy Curvy, Navabi, Apple & Pears Clothing, Gemma Collins Collection, Yours, Studio8, Laura Worthington Designs, Instyle Curve and much more were present.

The Schedule for the day included consistent catwalks, How To's, talks led by Grace Victory, Tessi Holiday and others. My favourite aspect of the festival was the catwalk, not only could we see visibly plus size ladies and gentlemen but the clothes were stylish, not shapeless.

 Not only did the fashion festival expose me to new brands such as Topsy Curvy and InStyle Curve but it also gave me a lot of inspiration and confidence. I didn't leave the same way I came which is quite important for me because there is no point going to an event and leave feeling like you haven't gained anything. I was able to meet a couple of influencers from Felicity Hayward, Oliver Campbell, Lottie La'mour and the model David Fadd.

Not only were big retailers present but also local or online brands that cater to plus size clothing such as Nicky Rockets or Lindy Bop. You can tell that the organisers deeply thought about how they can include not only a big size range but also style. 

My only feedback would be for the catwalk I wished they did a bit more. The outfits were repeated a lot and they didn't differentiate between nightwear, day wear etc. But it's important to note that they were showcasing the new collection of clothes the brands had and there is so much one can do with that, especially if there are plans to spend the entire day showcasing the outfits. Also, I think the organisers wanted to make sure that whatever time people arrived there is a chance to still see the catwalk.
Me with Lottie L'amour and Lizzie.

Me with male model David Fadd (pree the eyebrows thoo)

Me with Curve Model Olivia Campbell (lowkey had the same hairstyle)

At the festival, I got my hands on this lovely dress from MissGuided. I love the cut. the details on the arms and how it hugs my curves quite well. The material also has elasticity so it's easy to move around in the dress and you won't have to deal with the dress rising up as it's a suitable length for curvy and tall ladies.

However, my only issue is that  Missguided isn't true to size. I'm a size 20 but with Missguided I have to get a size 24 mainly because of the length and width of my arms and also my height (5ft 11). To solve this problem I would say look at the size guide and measure yourself in inches and cm. An alternative is to just buy your size try it on at home and exchange it for a bigger size. However, this issue of size is just my experiences I haven't met anyone else that has that issue.

Dress here
Shoes (similar)

To conclude, I had a great time this year and it was so much fun. I formed a network, made some new friends and got some advice from current influencers. I will definitely be at the festival next year.

Lots of Love, 

Lyza x 

Feel free to comment and ask me anything. 


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