Curve Fashion Festival 2016.

Hello I'm Rosie you may have forgotten who I am after the accidental hiatus which I won't go into on this post (lets just say it's been a bit like hell and something unfortunately had to give..) as I've been wanting to write about the Curve Fashion Festival which I've been meaning to since before this accidental hiatus. The lovely team over at Very invited me to go along to the event as there guest. I'd attended the first ever Curve Fashion Festival in 2015 but I didn't really get to look around as I had a stand showcasing my graduate collection. So in some ways I enjoyed 2016's so much more as I was able to walk around with so many blogger friends and actually check out all the stands!

Celebrity Stylist Gemma Sheppard attended with Very this year and took to the How To Stage showing everyone her top tips ahead for the party season! If you recognise her from somewhere Gemma has been the Head Stylist for XFactor in previous years, which is where I first saw her and began following her work. (As a fashion student at the time I was always looking out for ideas/inspiration and intern opportunities through XF way back when!) Her options for the lovely ladies on stage were really cute and came off way better in person than they do in my photographs. One of the very few downsides to CFF was the lighting wasn't great for me taking photos on my phone or actual camera, meaning most of my snaps didn't come out as well as I'd hoped! Also Gemma's cape she wore for the event was absolutely KILLING it!

Very were showcasing some of the latest pieces as well as upcoming garments ready for Christmas (which is now upon us! Eeek!) as well as having all the amazing clothes for us to look at they had a super fun Photobooth which I jumped into for some fun snaps with some of the blogger girls!

Image of me and Steph by Kitty.

Images from CFF

Something else I loved about this years event was the opportunities to hear different speakers throughout the day. I always loved watching Mark Hayes on Lorraine and it was great fun to actually see him in conversation with Tess Holliday, Callie and Bishamber-Das who were there part of the eBay Curve hub. Which was something else that had caused quite the buzz (though confused me a little!) There was a huge number of brands at CFF this year even more so than the first year which I wasn't sure was possible but clearly it was! Some brands were just showcasing and not selling and other had lots of discounts and offers going! It was perfect for doing some retail therapy as it is so rare of plus size women to be able to find so many brands for them under one roof! The rails were all overflowing with the latest fashions and fun accessories. You could shop River Island Curve, Yours Clothing, Anna Scholz, Marks and Spencer, Navabi, Lovedrobe and Want That Trend to name just a few! There were so many stands to look at I didn't know where to start but I weaved my way through seeing as much as I could! 

I also got to meet the lovely Holly Hagan who launched her new range with Want That Trend while there! More on that soon though! 

Some of us blogger babes with Holly! 

This year I truly think there was something for every kind of curvy girl! From Bridal to bra fittings and simplistic shape to structured shine. there was also hair/make up and some snazzy extra's for VIP ticket holders! Another thing I loved was it being in partnership with Look Magazine which meant certain parts were featured in the magazine and it felt really awesome to feel involved in something that was being seen in a positive light in the mainstream media.

I just want to finish by saying thank you again to Very for inviting me along and show you some of my personal favourite pieces for the festive season! The Faux Fur coat was EXTREMELY popular at Curve Fashion Festival everybody was lusting over it, perfect for looking and feeling glamorous over  Christmas! 

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