Mark Fast brings plus size models to London Fashion Week

19 September 2009


This morning we were surprised to see three plus-sized models on the Mark Fast catwalk. Backstage, the young knitwear designer told us that they were friends of his and inspired his collection this season, but we thought there was more to it. And there is. Mark has been working with Caryn Franklin (who thanks to her presenter skills on The Clothes Show back in the ‘90s, is probably the reason we are in fashion today!) on a project to get designers to make clothes for different shaped women. Caryn has launching a photography exhibition at Somerset House called ‘All Walks Beyond the Catwalk’ and as well as Mark, Hannah Marshall, David Koma and Cooperative Designs have all been involved in the project. It was through the project that Mark met and became fast friends with curvaceous models, Gwyneth, Laura and Hayley, who appeared on the catwalk first thing this morning. ‘I want to prove that my clothes are for women of all shapes and sizes,’ he revealed this morning. That’ll be all women in all shapes and sizes with a cool £4,000 to spend on a teeny tiny dress, you mean? But on only day two of London Fashion Week, this is an exciting development. Can we expect to see a varying range of models over this week, rather than the usual teeny tiny model clones? It seems so, as at the Somerset House exhibition, we discovered there are models of sizes 8-16 and aged up to 65 years old! Now that’s one way to make LFW different…

- Hannah Almassi


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