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Models of Diversity at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas, Earls Court, London 13th and 14th November, 2013

Models of Diversity

At this year’s Ideal Home Show at Christmas, which was held at Earls Court, London during 13 – 17th November 2013, glamor and inspiration came from Models of Diversity. For two days of the show they strutted their stuff on the Christmas Catwalk.

Models of Diversity is an inspiring group who, like the name suggests, advocate for more diversity in models.

This description is taken from their website Models of Diversity

“Models of Diversity advocates for more diversity in models, and demands that the fashion and marketing industries recognise the beauty in women of all races, ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. Our mission is to change the face of fashion and modelling. We sponsor modelling workshops for people with disabilities, campaign against the tragic effects of the size zero culture, and fight inequality in the representation of real men and women. We look at catwalk shows, advertising and the glossies and rarely see a true representation of real people.”

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Model – Annabel Davis

The organization was founded by Angel Sinclair, a former model, who started the campaign after appearing on Gok Wan’s Miss Naked Beauty in 2008 where she was struck by the diversity of people taking part, something she had never seen before on the catwalk.

Angel Sinclair

Angel Sinclair

Jostling among the vast array of exhibitors at Earls Court for the Ideal Home Show at Christmas, the catwalk drew in a large crowd, who realized what was happening on the catwalk was not your usual fashion display. It was interesting, diverse, fun and an inspiration.

Among those parading the catwalk were mature model Annabel Davis, model Doubra Okah, who was born with chorea-dyskensia, a condition which impedes her walk, glamor model and former Big Brother contestant, Victoria Eisermann, personal trainer and amputee fitness model Jack Eyers and British Paralympic long jump silver medallist Stef Reid.

Stef Reid Picture Credit: James Lyons

Stef Reid
Picture Credit: James Lyons

Stef Reid Picture Credit: James Lyons

Stef Reid
Picture Credit: James Lyons

Speaking at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas, Stef said “This is just my second time doing Models of Diversity, so it was a bit nerve wracking. I’m a little off balance in heels but it was great fun. I love what Angel Sinclair, the director of Models of Diversity is doing. Why should fashion be restricted? I think beauty is not restricted to size zero. Beauty comes with variety. It should be inclusive.”

Another model who got cheers from the crowd was Essex girl, blogger and campaigner for disabled models, Chelsey Jay. She writes in her blog of a dream coming true and it’s an inspiring account of her catwalk experience. Check it out at: Chelsey Jay Blog

Chelsey Jay, Models of Diversity at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas, 2013

Chelsey Jay

Also appearing on the catwalk was Samantha Tomlin, Models of Diversity ambassador.

Samantha Tomlin

Samantha Tomlin

Victoria Eisermann modelling Kitty Ferreira

Victoria Eisermann modelling Kitty Ferreira

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Models Victoria Eisermann and Frankie Holloway

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Markus Roberts-Clark

Striking a pose – Markus Roberts-Clark

The gents of the show were a highly entertaining bunch and it was good to see huge swathes of classic Harris Tweed.

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The gents were kitted out by Thomas Farthing, a shop tucked around the corner from the British Museum in London. Judging by the shop’s website and Facebook page, it’s an intriguing place and well worth a visit. The business started almost a year ago by business partners Adam Skyner and Thomas Russell. The shop is named after the local lamp lighter who rode around the streets on his penny farthing and the shop with its olde-worlde theatrical air catches the attention of many a tourist. They also have one of the largest ranges of Harris Tweed clothing in London for both men and women. Many of the clothes are designed in-house and made for the Thomas Farthing brand.  See more about them here: Thomas Farthing Website  Thomas Farthing Facebook Page

Thomas Farthing, London

Thomas Farthing, London

Other designers appearing were Eva Jacobs, a demi couture fashion label launched by Lithuanian designer Ieva Jokubaityte, based in London, whose designs displayed a seductive and timeless elegance. See: Eva Jacobs Website

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Modelling Eva Jacobs

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Modelling Eva Jacobs

Models of Diversity at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas, 2013

Modelling Eva Jacobs

Modelling Eva Jacobs

Modelling Eva Jacobs

While designer Kitty Ferreira brought a ray of sunny yellow to the catwalk and you can read about it on their website blog: Kitty Ferreira and watch on the videos below.

All the while Angel Sinclair watched closely from the sidelines, jumping up and proudly cheering on her models. And I was curious about the mix of people striking their poses on stage. I was interested in the journeys they have taken and the stories they could tell. Wrapping up a successful show, the seemingly modest Angel Sinclair walked onto the stage and gave a quick wave before disappearing.

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Vogue Fashion Night Out – Manchester, October 10, 2013

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For its fifth year, Vogue Fashion’s Night Out made its debut in Manchester. Mostly centred around the Arndale Centre, on the streets outside billboards and posters marked the event and the city’s fashion conscious turned out to see what all the fuss was about.

Inside the busy shopping centre it was business as usual but most of the shops got in on the act, displaying posters and many with various promotions taking place. A pop-up catwalk appeared and a huge pair of red shoes caught the attention of passers-by.

Arndale Centre, Manchester

Arndale Centre, Manchester

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On the catwalk various stores participated in showing their latest collections, including Dorothy Perkins with its blue and leather themed attire.

Outside the centre, a marquee paid host to some vintage stalls displaying gorgeous dresses, coats and accessories. These pieces came from The Gathering Goddess

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Meanwhile it was all happening at Selfridges who had a no expense spared approach to the evening, which paid off, as the store was heaving with a throng of customers, who were met outside with a bright yellow DJ van.

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While inside the shop they could feast on the many portable stands which were serving crepes, popcorn and slush drinks. A trip upstairs saw drinks being mixed and there was even a booth where you could pop in for a spray tan.

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You could even get carried away in a big yellow Selfridges bag.

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Among the many fashion designers from Stella McCartney to Erdem, it was good to see the man dubbed “The King of Vintage” by Harpers Bizaar, William Vintage with a few rails of carefully selected and beautiful gowns.

Stella McCartney at Selfridges in Manchester

Stella McCartney at Selfridges in Manchester

Erdem at Selfridges in Manchester

Erdem at Selfridges in Manchester

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It was successful foray out of London for Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out and the city of Manchester came out, shopped, spent their money, partied and had a good time. Among the glamor, high heels and skin tight jeans a few protesters made their feelings known as they stood outside Harvey Nichols with their placards. They caught a few interested stares from passers-by who then went about their usual business.

Outside Harvey Nichols in Manchester at Vogue Fashion's Night Out

Outside Harvey Nichols in Manchester at Vogue Fashion’s Night Out

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