With around 150 shows presented just at the Somerset House, looking over the schedule it is madness to think that not one model over size 10 was promoted on the runway. Although bloggers and stylists flew the curve flag over the weekend from takeovers, curve brands hosting exclusive events and plus size models making sure to rock designer gear better than the muses on stage we caught up with IMM plus size model Fluvia. Sipping gin, watching the Fashion Councils latest film work and applauding Mykki Blanco reciting of 'I want a dyke for President'. |Chatting to Fluvia we get real about exclusivity in the modelling industry - especially on the runway. She praised Ashley Graham for her Michael Kors debut 'the first plus size model, but if I were to wear those clothes they wouldn't fit. She is a 10 - 12 us (14-16UK) That brand stock up to that size, so it wasn't a true representation. For me you are plus size when you have to show in specific areas to cater for your size, or shop at dedicated brands that make clothing over size 14'.
So why weren't any plus size models featured on the Runway? Is it down to sample sizes? With rookies such as Ebonee Davis calling out the industry on 'token models' - "I do think there's been progress in inclusion (in the fashion industry), but there is still a lot of work to do. It's one thing to put a token model in a magazine and call it diversity; it's another thing to have representation and really understand why it's important. I think that "why" is sometimes missing. Representation is important because it goes beyond fashion. It goes beyond the industry. Our responsibility is bigger than the industry. We are a reflection of American society, and not only do we reflect it, we create it. With that power we can set the tone for how people feel about themselves and how people feel about other people." Why is the industry taking so long to change?