Devotees of the Karl Lagerfeld school of beauty eschew meals for protein shakes and embrace symptoms of bulimia. Yet, there is a revolution stirring in the fashion industry as the plus size movement attempts to overthrow the ever dominant androgène. Evidence: the Inaugural London Plus Size Fashion Weekend, held 15-17th February 2013.
Organized by Trapped in a Skinny World and plus size magazine Evolve, the event showcased the work of designers, bloggers, models and retailers focusing on women sized US14 and above. In reality, the average female dress size sits between US10-14, and as the fashion world attempts to reinvigorate commercial viability, this could just spell its next evolution.
Models from Milk Management presented collections from across Europe and America, in two major locations: Beach Blanket Babylon and Shoreditch Town Hall in East London.
There were thirteen key designers in attendance, which dwarfs in comparison with Karl and his ribbed muses; almost eighty labels showed at the official London Fashion Week.
So plus size remains niche, skinny a la mode. But, as we prepare for Paris Fashion Week with black coffee and cigarette diets, we can’t help but feel a twinge of jealousy. On the other side of Karl, there’s André Leon Talley, caped in gold threads and Charvet silks, making only a momentary Anna-Wintour-mandated go at tennis via Louis Vuitton, and still managing to strut his plus-sized figure through corridors of meteoric fashion fame.
It is unclear whether icons like Leon Talley or more mainstream efforts such as the London Plus Size Fashion Weekend will see curves take a more permanent role in our skinny universe.
For now, I need a protein shake.
Words by Symonne Torpy, from her loft on the 6ème étage.