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Blog archive 2014 - Jan.

Diane's plus size fashion blog

Feb. 27th British Plus Size Fashion Weekend 2014

Featured Designer Report - Dea London

On the 15th of February 2014 I attended British Plus Size Fashion Weekend at The Vinopolis, London Bridge, London.  This was only the 2nd time that such an Event had been staged and on such a scale within the UK.   The success of this Event, measured by the responses of the International and British Fashion Press, (and more tellingly) by the curvy women in attendance, will ensure that British Plus Size Fashion Weekend becomes an Annual Event.

The organisers of British Plus Size Fashion Weekend deserve full credit for "pulling it off with honesty and integrity".  This Event is now the Template for Paris, Milan, Rome and all the other fashion capitals of the world.  The Plus Size Fashion Market is in growth and the full potential and development of this market is still not yet fully explored and developed.  Events such as British Plus Size Fashion Weekend can only further strengthen a plus size fashion market that has significant growth potential.

Many plus size women have become ambivalent about fashion due to years of not being able to buy fashionable and affordable clothes in a full range of sizes. Things however are changing for the better and Events such as British Plus Size Fashion Weekend can pave the way and make other Retailers and Designers sit up and take stock.  The plus size £ is b and Retailers and Designers no longer need to complain that there current market penetration within the UK is static (e.g. Burberry).  By adding plus sizes to current ranges a significant market opportunity awaits.  More celebration of plus sizes, showcased and modeled by woman with curves, will further the market development.


The stage was set to showcase both the forthcoming Spring/Summer 2014 and Autumn/Winter 2014 Collections of the best of British High Street and Designer.  All Collections were modeled by a representative cross section of plus size women ranging in size from a UK12 - UK24+.  This Show was the truest and most honest representation of curves on the Catwalk ever seen in the UK.  In my opinion the Show had to be the most accurate exposition and demonstration of how clothes look, fit, and move on "real women with curves".  If you want reality and to show the customer what you really have and what it can do - show it on the customer you are trying to sell to.  Show it on women with Curves, Breasts and Hips!

I was very impressed with all the Collections modeled, but given that I am a mature plus size woman (48 yrs) and my blog is dedicated to women in the age range 30 - 60 the Collections that I have picked out to talk about over the coming few weeks are Dea London, Curvety Bridal Collection, Dynasty of London, and Jane Watson (no ranking nor order of preference is implied from this list).

This week I am going to talk about one of the featured Designers, Jelena Fehmi and her label Dea London.  Dea London lead the plus size market in corporate day wear and evening wear for women 35+ years.  Here we have a Designer who understands what women want and how to flatter a fuller figure.  As well as designing her own label, Dea London, Jelena has designed bespoke for many celebrities and currently works as a Consultant to other high end fashion labels to include her most recent association with Victoria Beckham.  This large remit and demand on her talents as a designer places Jelena at the forefront of what is happening now and demonstrates that this forward thinking Designer can translate and transcend all boundaries and design ideas.  Her current Collection is priced within a very fair mid price range.  She uses wools/silks/crepe and combinations of these to make garments that move with the body.  Her dresses are lined (a particular MUST HAVE for me) so fall and contour the body beautifully.  I was fortunate enough to get a front row seat at the Show so have managed to capture her presentation of her Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection on video.  This Collection will be available to buy from September 2014.  Have a look at the wonderful dresses, skirt suits, and the gorgeous trouser suit shown here in this snapshot into the Autumn/Winter 2014 offering from Dea London.

Below are some photos of the Collection as seen on the video so that you can have a more thoughtful and considered look at the AW14 Collection from Dea London.  I am very grateful to Zsuzsanna Szkiba and blogger at Cupcakes and Pearls for giving me permission to use her pictures.  Click on photos for larger image to appear.

Dea London cap and dress

Orange wool dress with black cape. Lining of cape is also in the same orange colour as dress

Dea London plus size evening dress

Black and grey free flowing skirt plus size evening dress

plus size grey dress with lace detail by Dea London

Dea London Grey dress with lace detail

Dea London plus size black and red dress

A classic figure flattering dress with 3/4 sleeves and centre contrast vertical colour band deflecting attention away from a larger bust.

Dea London cobalt blue 2 piece skirt suit

Dea London 2 piece suit in on trend cobalt blue. 2 piece suit particularly good design for women with problem middle areas. The contrasting colour block sleeves and centre contrast colour block band also deflect attention away from a larger bust.

Dea London trouser suit

2 piece trouser suit with pattered and colour detail trousers and complementary colour block jacket with asymetrical hemline. The Jacket is great styling for a problem/large middle area. The side black colour block panel to the pattered trousers draws the eye down the leg elongating the length of the leg.

I love these designs and definitely will make one or two purchases in September 2014 when they will be available online.  The key point to make about all of the Dea London Collection is that all the garments are easy care and have sufficient detailing within each garment obviating the need for any other styling in relation to accessories or the over use of.  The modern day corporate woman is busy, has an early start at the office each day, works longer hours, and therefore needs simplicity and styling built in to each of her outfits.  These outfits say just that.  Dea of London is a GO TO fashion label.


Feb.14th and Feb.23rd Diane Marshall - Plus Size Model - London Fashion Week

Reuben P Joseph Production - London Fashion Week 2014

Diane has modelled in both Reuben P Joseph's L'Art de la Mode fashion shows. She is seen in the video below wearing an outfit by Polish Designer Erwin Michalec. She also wore designs by French-Nigerian designer Fee Ushhi and Hungarian Designer Réka Orosz.

Folks, as I'll be heading for London shortly - this week's post is a full link to the models and artists involved in the first of 2 Shows produced by Reuben P Joseph that I will be walking in for London Fashion Week: -
Facebook Models and Artists page, Information and Lists.

The show starts in Notting Hill, in London, at 6pm on Sunday. Wish me luck ! - Diane xx


Waterproof Jacket available in 11 colours in sizes XS - XXXL - £26.99

Feb. 6th - All Weather Fitness Clothing

Hi folks this week I bring you the best and most affordable finds of plus size outdoor clothing for your exercise needs.  The merchants I am featuring this week include and Target Dry (from Belfast), both offering a large selection of clothing (Target Dry up to 4XL (XXXXL) with many of their products) suitable for walking and other leisure pursuits to kick start your new diet and health/fitness regime.

If you have been following my blog and facebook page you will know that I have been very impressed with the Health and Fitness programme on Irish TV (RTE One) called Operation Transformation and have taken inspiration from each of the 6 Leaders. We have seen the very human side to achieving optimal health and fitness from each and every one of them.  Who could not identify with their struggles.

I am trying to improve my own health and fitness and gradually reduce my dress size down from a UK18 to a UK16.  I am pleased to report that since I first commented on Operation Transformation on this blog I have lost 5lbs – not earth shattering (especially when compared to the Leaders) but I did say that I was going to do this slowly.  I am eating sensibly and have now started to walk regularly.  I am now starting to feel the difference in my clothes and I am feeling all the better for making a few small changes.

It has been very wet of late.  Not good outdoor exercising weather.  In fact weather that we could easily level a “too wet to exercise” excuse at.  Have you too been guilty of using this excuse?  Think on.  Here are some great and affordable finds for all your outdoor wear needs to kickstart your fitness regime.

My Star Buy this week is this High Visibility Tabbard at only €2.  If you do nothing else please be safe when out walking.  Wear a High Visibility tabbard or vest (large enough to pull over your own clothing).  Be safe not sorry!  To view a wider range of High Visibility Products click here.

High Visibility Vest

High Visibility Tabards - Available in Pink or Yellow €2

I also love this waterproof fleece from Target Dry which is very reasonable at only £29.95.

Waterproof Fleece available in sizes 8 - 18 - £29.95

Waterproof Fleece available in sizes 8 - 18 - £29.95


Click through this link for other outdoor clothing products in the Target Dry Sale.

Wear your High Visibility Jacket/Vest or the waterproof fleece above with a pair of waterproof trousers that can easily pull on on top of your tracky bottoms or jeans.  Target Dry do a great range of sizes and styles ranging in price from £18.99 - £40.00.

I also think that this (one size fits all) waterproof and windproof poncho great value as it can be very easily packed away for when needed.  The body coverage is extensive and the hood is a great addition to provide you with overall protection from heavy and prolonged showers.

Waterproof, Windproof  and lightweight onesize fits all poncho - £27.99

Waterproof, Windproof and lightweight onesize fits all poncho - £27.99

For lighter showers I also love this stylish fold away Mac-in-a-Sac jacket.

Waterproof Jacket available in 11 colours in sizes XS - XXXL - £26.99

Waterproof Jacket available in 11 colours in sizes XS - XXXL - £26.99

These products should give you enough choice to get you out and about in these dark and wetter afternoons and evenings whilst keeping you safe and dry.  Enjoy your exercise this week.  Speak soon.  Diane


March 2014 blogs, click here - Mar 20th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014 - Curvety. Mar 14th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014 - Jane Watson.

Feb 2014 blogs, click here - Feb 27th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014 - Dea. Feb 14th Diane Marshall Plus Size Model London Fashion Week. Feb 7th All weather fitness clothing

Jan. 2014 blogs, click here - Jan 30th London Fashion Week, plus size modelling opportunity. Jan 23rd Plus Size Acceptance vs Weight Loss. Jan 16th Plus Size Weight Loss - an expert approach. Jan 9th Plus Size, what size of fit are we describing?

2013 Blog Archive
June 15th 2013 - Welcome to my blog !
June 15th 2013 - Welcome to my blog !

diane in red skater dress