Plus size focus as Fashion Week returns

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Liverpool Fashion Week opening night 2016. Pic by Cheyenne Hansen © JMU Journalism

Liverpool Fashion Week opening night 2016. Pic by Cheyenne Hansen © JMU Journalism

Fashionistas, models and members of the public converged at the Liner Hotel last night as Liverpool Fashion Week made its annual return to the local style scene.

A wide range of fashion labels and designers were on show, including haute couture, plus size, new talent, international and independent labels, at what is billed as Britain’s biggest fashion event outside London.

The opening night featured showcases from labels ‘Dress 2 Party’, ‘Vero Amore’, ‘Nooshin Moradi’, ‘Viva Voluptuous’ ‘L’avitta’, as well as designer Katie Newsham.

A number of celebrities also attended the event, including Big Brother 1 winner, Scouser Craig Phillips, and Sandra Martin, star of hit Channel 4 series Gogglebox.

Sandra was invited to Liverpool Fashion Week in support of ‘Viva Voluptuous’, a fashion brand for plus size women. The self-styled ‘Queen Bee of Brixton’ told JMU Journalism: “I’ve had a very good evening with Viva Voluptuous. It’s all about big size and I’m big size myself. Big size is a new trend.”

YouTube: Video report by Lucy Fegan, JMU Journalism TV

This year’s Liverpool Fashion Week is all about celebrating body confidence and it was decided to include ‘real women’ as the models to showcase all shapes and sizes on the catwalk.

Organiser Amanda Moss hopes this idea will be used at future fashion events across the country. She explained: “It is wonderful to see models of all sizes on the catwalks reflecting the shape of today’s woman. It’s empowering to see that we can all show off our body shapes.”

Liverpool Fashion Week opening night 2016. Pic by Cheyenne Hansen © JMU Journalism

Liverpool Fashion Week opening night 2016. Pic by Cheyenne Hansen © JMU Journalism

Thrilled with the first night, Amanda told JMU Journalism: “I thought it was an incredible opening – bold and theatrical couture mixed with fun, which is what Liverpool is all about.”

The three-day event at the Liner Hotel will continue with a ‘New Talent’ evening on Tuesday (tonight), while an ‘International Showcase and Boutique Night’ will round off this year’s calendar on Wednesday.

Tickets are still available, costing £10 on the door each night.

Photo galleries by Cheyenne Hansen & Lucy Fegan. Click on a thumbnail to enlarge the images.

Liverpool Fashion Week opening night 2016. Pics by Cheyenne Hansen and Lucy Fegan © JMU Journalism

Liverpool Fashion Week opening night 2016. Pics by Cheyenne Hansen and Lucy Fegan © JMU Journalism