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There was a lot of love, passion and enthusiasm at StyleXL on Saturday. Leah organised what was a truly amazing day, a framework in which interactivity and spontaneity thrived unlike the phoney or pretentious events that I gave up taking part in London some years back. I really wasn't personally at my best, such has been my recent workload. My wife, Aoife and I arrived at 10.15, with a car full of goodies, but running on empty. I was lifted by the truly amazing Georgina Grogan and family, GG has a very painful back, and I can more than sympathise with her as my own back is in considerable pain. Nevertheless, Style XL got off to a very early start for us, we had brought about 60 or 70 old samples mainly in size 24, some unique and maybe 20 of these were snapped up before official opening time at 12. I was "gone" mentally or what I would describe as being "punchy" from a grueling work schedule of 12 hours a day at a minimum for many weeks now. But, meeting all the lovely ladies, some bloggers who I have got to know through their blogs got me through the day somehow. For me, my physical more importantly mental condition and shortage of time at the event, hampered focus or that was how I felt. It was the only negative of the day. I was pleased with the reaction to the few items I bought from new collection and would later go down the runway with a few designs which were outside my own comfort zone. The original plan was just to show one new style with a walk from Georgina Grogan. But it panned out in the 2 weeks ago that we would put on a little show. Tanya was asked if she wanted to stroll a dress that she had fallen in love with, Claire was deployed into action. We had decided, I think last Thursday to ask Leah to join us walking an "atonement" green velvet sweetheart neck maxi, a red carpet signature. GG like me not known for her patience, had to deal with 7 running order changes in 45 minutes. I think I asked the wonderful Haley to do the walk about 15 minutes before we were on- a really slinky off the shoulders frock featuring a printed stencil rose. The lady would rock it and wow this dress celebrated her curves. Paige who I have to say is another star plus size star in the making somehow managed 3 walks through 3 dress changes in the 8 minutes, so we got to see Naomi's leopard spot dress, the red wriggle midi dress and the tone purple bling velvet maxi. Nancy strolled the Nancy hour glass dress in purple and brought the rich ruby 1940's  "Madam" velvet maxi dress to life. Of course I messed up my own strut on the catwalk. And had on the spur of moment asked and she consented the lovely April Wilson to do a walk down the runway. April had just happened to be standing next to me watching our show wearing a previously unseen Scarlett & Jo design. I couldn't help myself April looked amazing, all the ladies looked amazing, so 7 changes in the running order plus April joining in plus me. I enjoyed it. Most particularly as  GG walked next Summer'16 signature dress and the very beautiful elegant Scarlett & Jo signature lace and velvet black maxi dress. Would love to have stayed for the evening and Sundays workshop Leah but I was shattered after an exhilarating day at StyleXL. You and your team are fantastic. Imagery courtesy of Alfie [caption id="attachment_749" align="aligncenter" width="640"]11752166_477130412446922_2176676652922336013_n Gifi tried something new with Georgina, here she is opening the show "au natural" in what Gifi describes as one of his best designs in years.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_741" align="aligncenter" width="640"]11701139_477130479113582_7232788261169517779_n Paige, a star plus size star in the making was red hot in our v neck dress.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_744" align="aligncenter" width="640"]11705268_477130535780243_8181153833297209430_n Nancy strolled the Nancy hour glass dress in purple.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_740" align="aligncenter" width="640"]45825_477130679113562_3748652346924340896_n Claire knew just how to work our blue dress.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_742" align="aligncenter" width="640"]11760100_477131465780150_866472069002944088_n The crowd went wild for Paige in our leopard number.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_747" align="aligncenter" width="640"]11041299_477131592446804_1381860409884428395_n The lovely April working vibrant prints.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_745" align="aligncenter" width="640"]17014_477131205780176_4313807362931994024_n Tanya is a vision in velvet.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_739" align="aligncenter" width="640"]1375142_477131232446840_7993337428984742732_n Leah walking an "atonement" green velvet sweetheart neck maxi, a red carpet signature[/caption] [caption id="attachment_746" align="aligncenter" width="640"]11694774_477131359113494_4755987091862505896_n Hayley rocked this velvet maxi and wow this dress celebrated her curves.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_743" align="aligncenter" width="640"]11745407_477132009113429_1267564327211906836_n Paige was velvet perfection in this hour glass dress.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_737" align="aligncenter" width="640"]11231024_477131692446794_8021961130288942503_n Nancy brought the rich ruby 1940's "Madam" velvet maxi dress to life.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_738" align="aligncenter" width="640"]11745509_477131882446775_8696576832652151892_n The Queen of Lace, in the signature black velvet dress from the red carpet collection.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_748" align="aligncenter" width="600"]CKNDkZ1WUAAZjdu Gifi attempting to take a catwalk bow but bad back won't bend.[/caption] CKNCEp-WgAAg7ox


  • Posted by Kitty Wood on

    Looks like you had a fabulous time Gifi! I was gutted I couldn’t be there, particularly with so many bargains that would have fit me! Hehe. Everybody looked absolutely beautiful, cannot wait to see the new collection! That leopard print dress is amaaazing, I love the Nancy, and that first dress! Love! Hopefully I’ll be able to attend next time :)
    Kitty xx

  • Posted by LollyLikes on

    Really loved all the velvet jewel tones although a velvet prom/skater shape would not go a miss for the ladies not so confident with their belly. I snapped up some polka dot lace tops and would love to see you do a polka range and just because I am looking for budget bridal and notice the lack of tea length and longer white/cream plus size dresses suitable as bridal wear. If you could sort that out too with everything else you do! Lol lovely seeing you And your design as always Gifi x

  • Posted by Kitty Wood on

    Definitely next time, everyone seemed to have such a fab day! I meant Georgina’s dress :) they are all beautiful, but that one is something special :) Next time! xxx

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