As we edge into autumn, not only is it my favourite month for food and drink – bonfire toffee, mashed potatoes, gravy, pies and pastries, all the stodgy delicious things – it’s also time for Curve Fashion Festival.
I’ve been going since it first appeared in Manchester in 2015, and since have been an avid attendee. In the plus size calendar, it’s an excuse to see and be seen. You can meet bloggers and social media stars, chat to designers and brands, and shop to your heart’s content. It’s also a chance for those of us who know each other through social media to get together.
Where else can you be in the same article as Tess Holliday and Hayley Hasselhoff?
Or get your mug featured in the Liverpool Echo?
This year has me even more excited than last. First off, we have a change of venue – this time we’re even closer to the train station (handy!) at St George’s Hall – and perfect for popping out of for a quick mini fashion shoot of your own. Secondly, the date. It’s been pushed back to November this year (and clashes with my wedding anniversary. Oops?).
(I fell in love with this dress last year from Very, but never did find it on the website. Sigh.)
Then come the brands. There are the usual suspects – Pretty Little Thing, Yours Clothing, Viva Voluptuous, Pink Clove and Topsy Curvy. Then come some newbies – Boobydoo, Girl Got Curves Bikini, and Curves with Purpose. And then come the High Street names, including M&S, Waterstones, Simply Be, New Look and returning stars Debenhams – who will be showcasing lingerie this time around, after a debut last year, featuring their make up range.
I must admit, I do get my higher end make up from there, and my bras (their own brand ones fit me perfectly) so I’m already a fan.
Oh and it’s not just fashion for the ladies – last year we saw models including Brett Morse modelling for Jacamo, amongst others, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ve got on offer this year too.
But, though I’ll be bracing my bank account (and credit card) for a bit of shopping, and making fashion notes for the seasons to come, what it’s all about for me, is the people. Not only am I going with on of my best mates, I’ll be bumping into fellow bloggers I normally only chat to online, and catching up with friends.
What more could you ask from a fashion event?
Now just one question remains. What do I wear?
In collaboration with Curve Fashion Festival.