Curvy Couture comes to Perth…

Great news for curvy ladies of Western Australia!

Kate Millett of Bombshell Vintage offers a plus sized day of entertainment for Perth’s curvy connoisseurs of couture.

September 15th, 2013 will see the first ever Curvy Couture Roadshow, a one-day plus size fashion festival organised by Perth-born Kate Millett. Galvanised by her personal motto “Dress for your style, not your size”, Millett has been splashing plus size style all over eager audiences for years behind Australia’s own exclusively plus size vintage label, Bombshell Vintage, which is now expanding to offer its own reproduction range.

Curvy Couture

The roadshow, taking place at Deville’s Pad in Perth, will showcase select Australian indie designers that specialise in sizes 12 and up, in a day of catwalks, capsule markets, and stellar entertainment; including a photo booth, nail art salon, best-dressed competitions, and a contortionist.

Kate was inspired to create the Curvy Couture Roadshow as she was looking through the different fashion festivals in Australia and kept seeing a total lack of plus size designers over and over again. A few times, chain stores got a catwalk, but that was it.

“I am such a fan of interesting and exciting fashion and I especially love it when I can get it locally! So I decided that while the mainstream fashion world is ignoring us, we can do our own thing and celebrate some of the amazing plus size designers from all over Australia”.

Through her work with Bombshell Vintage, Kate had met a few Australian plus size designers. She began talking to a few of them, asked them to talk to whoever they knew and they formed a small Facebook group. Once the preparations had begun to create the event and word spread, a few new designers came out of the woodwork and have joined the team.

Kate says “The Roadshow is an opportunity to have fun, shop and see the clothes on the catwalk. All our models are volunteers ranging from size 12 to size 24. There should be something for every taste, from simple day wear to bikinis to full length beaded ballgowns! (I am a huge fan of sparkles!) There will be a capsule market with limited styles and sizes so people can try things on and then order online. With five catwalks in as many hours, there shouldn’t be much time for other entertainment, but we squeezed in a set by the Odette Mercy trio. There will also be a photo booth and a pop-up nail salon”.

“There will be competitions running throughout the day for best hair, best dressed and best overall! We want to celebrate curvy ladies who work their fashion and look extra special!”

Kate is originally from Perth and remembers how isolated it felt not to see any stores other than the giant chains that stocked her size. Perth is often overlooked because of the expense to fly designers and stock over for events, so Perth was a natural option for her 1st event.

Curvy Couture Logo

Among the designers on display are beloved Perth designer Seraphim, who is known for creating styles that are unique and sexy and cater to the bold, loud and fierce women; and treasured Melbourne designers Harlow, and Fox Parse. Harlow produce fashion-forward edgy designs with a rock ‘n’ roll influence, and each design reflects its belief that fashion should be accessible to all women. Fox Parse is heavily influenced by mod fashion and comic books, mixing bright dresses with fabulous custom made collars. Beyond the Sea Swimwear from Sydney is inspired by the glamour of 1940’s and 50’s; this flattering and fun range of Australian Made swimwear with a vintage twist is designed for the average Australian woman.

The event is being crowdfunded through iPledg, leaving room for rapid expansion, so get on board and support this fantastic initiative.

Tickets for the event are $30 and available at curvycoutureroadshow.eventbrite.com. The crowdfunding campaign is available for contribution (with rewards relating to free entry and giveaways) at iPledg at http://ipledg.com/l/curvy-couture-roadshow.

Event Details:

Sunday 15th September, 2013

12 noon – 5pm

Curvy Couture Roadshow

Devilles Pad

1/3 Aberdeen Street, PERTH, WA

 

Ladies, I urge you to support Australian Designers. Please tell them I sent you. I’d love your feedback on the event.

Love your shape!

Janine x

Curvy clothing on a budget = A+

A few months ago I was contacted by a lovely bubbly lady called Erin. As a new-mum to her gorgeous son Clancy, she was researching the plus-size market with a fresh idea – a second-hand clothing market exclusive to size 16+ women right here in Melbourne!

Over a cup of coffee (or two!), we had a wonderful chat about the challenges of dressing our curvy figures on a budget. As a mum myself I understand the switch in thought process when you don’t come first anymore and your clothing budget goes out the window!  But, like Erin and I, women still want to look great and feel great, just not fork out the same amount of dosh that we may have done before we were changing nappies. Buying recycled or second-hand garments is a great way to save some money and to buy some unique pieces for your wardrobe. Whilst op-shopping is fun and popular, it can be quite challenging with limited numbers of garments available, and usually requiring that you visit more than one store to put an outfit together. A+ market’s cater exclusively to curvy figures which equals – all the options in one place! Bliss!

Erin says ““Years of shopping disappointments left me discouraged. I found myself wishing for a place where I could find bargains and one-off pieces in my size – but there just wasn’t anywhere – so, I’ve decided to do something about it.”

A Plus Markets is Erin’s business baby. Her market will showcase local designers, makers and sellers who celebrate “plus size” women. Ladies from the community will also offer their pre-loved clothing & accessories. Erin says “there are an astounding number of locals designing and making clothing and accessories in the Darebin area and so it made it logical to launch my first market in Preston”.

A+ Markets Flyer

Erin also has dates planned at other locations for later in the year:

Saturday 31st August 2013
9.30 am – 2 pm
Darebin North West Uniting Church
399A Murray Road, Preston

Sunday 29th September 2013
10 am – 3 pm
Box Hill Community Arts Centre
470 Station St, Box Hill

Saturday 30th November 2013
10 am – 3 pm
Darebin North West Uniting Church
399A Murray Road, Preston

Sunday 8th December 2013
10 am – 3 pm
Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre
5 Sargood St, Altona

Stalls start from just $40 per stall, giving you a 2x2m area, flyers to distribute to advertise the market, support & advice on setting up your stall and a well publicised and patronised market to sell your wares – targeted at 16+ customers!

What a perfect reason to clean out your wardrobe and get some $’s to spend on your new-season needs. Need some help with a wardrobe revamp, I’m ready to help!

There will be lots of giveaways and specials on the day too, including a chance to win your own copy of My Curvy Girl’s Guide to Shopping valued at $19.99!

I’m personally looking forward to visiting a few of the upcoming markets, I look forward to seeing you there!

Love your shape!

Janine x