In a first for the 26-year-old event, Australian Fashion Week will have a dedicated runway show for size-inclusive clothing this week. Staged by Chelsea Bonner, former model and CEO of size-inclusive modelling agency Bella Management, and featuring six local designers, each with a size range that extends beyond a size 20, the runway comes after last year’s event drew serious criticism for a significant lack of size diversity. This week’s schedule will also include a standalone runway for adaptive fashion – designed for people with disabilities – for the first time.
Embody Women was the brainchild of Natalie Wakeling who I knew from my modelling days. We were both modelling around the same time and often ran into each other on set. A few years after I started Bella, Natalie launched Embody and she has booked many of my models for campaigns over the years. Nat’s designs are for the woman who likes to be impeccably on brief and on trend for everything, especially cocktail hour.