TCFF 2019 HIGHLIGHTS
If there’s one word that summarises our 2019, it’s BIG. 2019 was the year that The Curve Fashion Festival returned back to our favourite venue – the Exhibition Centre Liverpool – and we made sure that our return came with a bang. Over 3,400 people descended upon Liverpool’s world-class exhibition space for a day filled with action.
Visitors were treated to the best in plus size fashion; hearing their favourite personalities talk about their experiences, getting a glimpse at exclusive pieces on catwalk and shopping all of the newness from the best brands in the curve fashion world. There’s just so much we could talk about, but the photos from the day tell you exactly how this year’s event went.
Really and truly, we were spoiled by the number of big personalities from the curve community that chose to join us for The Curve Fashion Festival 2019. Whether it was on the Main Stage, on some of the brand’s stands, or those that just came down to enjoy the day, all of our attendees saw some familiar faces.
Maybe we should just give you a list of all the people that made an appearance this time: Hayley Hasselhoff, Eddie Hall, Sandra Marvin, Felicity Hayward, Amber Rose Gill, Olivia Campbell, Kelvin Davis, Louise O’Reilly, Savanna Sievers, Danielle Vanier, Lucy Vixen, Jada Sezer, Sofie Hagan, Chloe Elliott, Brielle Anyea, Georgina Horne, Yazmin Fox, Callie Thorpe, Em Smyth, Lucie Clifford, Chloe Pierre, Nicole Ocran, Laura Ferry, Jess Millichamp.
With Simply Be as our Main Stage sponsor, we were able to make sure this year’s was packed full of fun. Each feature was unique and gave people unique perspectives about what it’s like to navigate the world as a plus size person. Each of the segments were different, ranging from styling sessions to body positivity.
As per 2018’s event, Laura Bodie was our host and made sure the audience got the chance to give their input and get their questions answered too. Once each of the speakers were finished on the stage, they were kind enough to stay around for a meet and greets, giving everyone the chance to grab a selfie with their favourite plus size influencers.
Kelvin Davis and Sofie Hagen: A Lesson of Body Positivity
You asked and we listened; we got some male perspective on the matter. Body positivity applies to everyone, so we drafted in the South Carolina-based plus size male model and influencer Kelvin Davis to discuss his personal journey alongside comedian Sofie Hagen.
Hayley Hasselhoff and Sandra Marvin: Being Plus Size and a Celebrity in the Media
Fresh off the back of her X Factor Celebrity appearance, we got Hayley Hasselfhoff to discuss her experience of being plus size and in the public eye, as one of This Morning’s fashion experts and as a model. Speaking alongside her was the former Emmerdale star, Sandra Marvin, who’s time on stage and screen gave her plenty of insights to share.
Em Smyth: The Key to Any Great Outfit is Great Underwear
One glance at Em Smyth’s Instagram account will tell you that she’s a big fan of underwear, and feels no need to keep it a secret. Her segment put bras and knickers at the front and centre, by showing what well-fitting underwear will do to enhance your figure and bring out the best in your outfits.
Olivia Campbell: Building a Community Through Social Media
Social media has changed the world. There’s no denying it. One way that you can’t escape is its ability to form develop and create communities. Plus size model and influencer Olivia Campbell made sure to highlight exactly how she was able to leverage this in her journey to get to where she is today.
The Ultimate Styling Session with Lucie Clifford
Lucie Clifford has worked with some of the biggest publications, models, photographers and brands to make beautiful aesthetic creations. Lucie’s exactly the type of person you need to show you how to make the most of an outfit and dress for any occasion. She gave us exactly that in her very practical styling session, offering plenty of tricks and tips for dressing curves.
The catwalk is without a doubt one of our attendees’ favourite features about The Curve Fashion Festival. Many see it as a refreshing change to see such a diverse range of body types and dress sizes being represented on our catwalk.
The catwalk featured some exciting exclusives from major brands within the curve fashion industry, all of which could be found in the Fashion Hall.
Simply Be, Matalan, New Look Curves, Missguided, PLT+, Nasty Gal, boohoo, Lindex, Shein, Blue Vanilla Curve, Topsy Curvy, Curvissa and Snag were all represented on the day.
As well as the plus size womenswear, we were also treated to a lingerie walk from Elomi, a bridal feature with Beautiful Brides Liverpool and a menswear slot to showcase the big & tall range at boohooMAN.
Thanks to Simply Be as our Main Stage sponsor, we were able to make The Curve Fashion Festival 2019 our biggest yet. As one of the most well-renowned brands in the curve fashion industry, they ensured that the day was packed full of fun features. As well as their Main Stage presence, visitors were also given the chance to shop for new outfits from their stand, and even go and experience their Body Scanner.
There really is nothing like The Curve Fashion Festival’s Fashion Hall. We bring all of the brands that you love to come and give you a chance to see all of their best fashion pieces in one place. Each year the brands like to make a big impression on the visitors to make sure everyone that they not only cater to plus size women, but that they really have fashionable pieces in abundance.
As well as fashion-focused brands, we were also joined by lingerie, shapewear and personal care specialists.
The 2019 Fashion Hall featured: Simply Be, boohoo, PrettyLittleThing, boohooMAN, Nasty Gal, Matalan, Missguided, New Look, MissPap, Shein, Lindex, Topsy Curvy, Snag, Blue Vanilla, Pink Clove, Pretty Polly, Curvissa, Quiz, Elomi, Sante + Wade, AllBody, Bloomin’ Sexy, Curves Studio, Tono, Princess Lace, Apples & Pears
Beyond all of those we also had the Beauty Hub – filled with fun cosmetics including Doll Beauty and a number of other brands. On top of that, our Market Hall was packed with independent brands and retailers, to really cater to all needs on the day.