#Aboutthatcurvylife collective debuts at LFDW 2016

Latasha Ngwube

Latasha Ngwube

The slim ones were also present, although it was majorly a plus-size event. And the fashion on display was reminiscent of a fashion show. But it was a more serious affair in the nature of a press conference, which took place at ZAZA11 in Victoria Island, Lagos. It was held by Aboutthatcurvylife.com, to announce that plus size fashion in Nigeria will make a debut at the 2016 Lagos and Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) under the title #Aboutthatcurvylife Collective.

According to Founder and Creative Director, Aboutthatcurvylie.com, Latasha Ngwube, the runway show would feature five contemporary plus-size fashion brands made up of four makers of women’s label and one designer of men’s wear.

The designers, according to Ms. Ngwube, were selected on the basis of creativity and passion for craft, adding that each designer expressed excitement to participate in the collective and showed aspiration for the local plus fashion industry.

To make the first appearance on the runway a memorable event, Ms. Ngwube said that they have been working with veteran model of AA Squared Network, Style Mania Magazine Editor, Godson Ukaegbu to make sure that their first outing at the fashion week was successful.

“We could not have been included on Africa’s most organic and progressive fashion event at a more strategic time; all over the world there has been a spotlight on body positivity and fashion inclusion for more than just plus sizes.

“This year’s theme of ‘Connecting the dots’ is more than just a catchy phrase and we are glad to be part of the Heineken LFDW 2016, thanks to Intel.

“Bringing this vision to life has been an unforgettable experience so far”, she observed, adding that her background and a decade of experience in the fashion and lifestyle industry has prepared her for the role of Creative Director of #Aboutthatcurvylife Collective.

The event was also an eye-opener of plus size fashion. Ngwube herself wore a full-length gown that was opened high enough to reveal well proportioned legs encased in black high-heeled sandals.

Velma Williams, fashion blogger, who is of Fashion Rehab turned up in a three-piece ensemble. She combined a sheer black blouse with a short skirt that revealed it all, but then she made it up with a pair of black leggings.

Then came the talk about body confidence. And to the onlooker, it might have been that the maxim: “if you have it flaunt it” might have applied there. There is no one way to describe a woman, Ngwube said, while observing that all women should not be seen to be the same; “I appreciate size and style.”

Her personal style, she says, is determined by mood; her dress on that day showed some cleavage.

On how she maintains her beautiful fair skin and the curves to ensure that there is no gauntness or sagging; “I eat healthy. I stay out of the sun, I pray and meditate. I drink tons of water.”

Did she ever try to lose weight? “I am constantly trying to keep fit. If I can run enough to save my life that is enough for me,” says Ngwube.

All the plus size women present could be said to love their own skin and that was evident. But what about those women who struggle with the issue of big size? She answered: “They should come to Aboutthatcurvylife.com.”

According to Ms. Ngwube, the selected brands for the fashion show Maki Olugbile of Makioba, Osa Aisien for MaBello Clothier, Tobi Ogundipe for Tosfa, Aisha Achonu for Aisha Abu-Bakr luxury and Mattew Idang for Assian would show six different designs on the catwalk for the event that ends today.

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