C’est D took place at Freemasons Hall, where it showcased a collection centred around body positivity and body inclusivity. The collection was shown on a series of models who were all shapes and sizes, as the title of the collection was “Celebration of the flesh”.
Born in South Korea, Doyeon Yoni Yu graduated from Parsons School of Design and is known for creating garments for all body types. Doyeon’s ultimate goal is to “empower women to love their bodies and eradicate size discrimination”. Doyeon’s aim is to challenge the standard on body ideals and this AW19, she brought together a group of women who felt they had been discriminated by fat stigma.
The collection was colourful and playful with a lot of pinks and babydoll blues and used shapes that were feminine and soft. Fabrics of organza, as well as silks and PVC plastics made up of soft colours in a bright hue, were used. Details were used to create texture and movement in the garments as well as adding extra layers, such as organza bows.
One of my favourite looks from the show featured a sheer shirt layered under a pinafore style skirt. The details added a luxurious touch with daisy shaped buttons, detailed wavy collars and a makeup look to match. The silhouette created was fun but modern.
The shoes were popular with a split heel and were in matching colours to the outfits. Although every model wore a different shoe, it also tied all the garments together in a way that made up a collection of women.
Doyeon will be showing at NYFW this season and hopes to overcome society’s fatphobic nature in a world where just in the UK, over 67% of women are beyond a size 14. Doyeon believes society “discriminates people by their sizes. Everybody is worth if and everybody is equal. It’s time to change.”
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