Catwalk4Change – Why I’m involved.

If we’re being totally honest, I’m not the perfect person to be strutting my stuff on a catwalk. Not super tall, not amazingly beautiful, a mom who never completed shifted the baby weight and is not all that worried by the fact.But, On the 6th September, walking a catwalk is exactly what I am going to be doing, and all for a very special cause.

Models of Diversity, an internationally famous campaign for diversity within the fashion industry, has joined forces with the gorgeous blogger Edita of Pret-a-reporter, to change the rules of fashion this autumn with CATWALK4CHANGE. On 6th of September an amazing fashion show will kick-start London Fashion Week involving some of the leading UK fashion bloggers and jaw-droppingly gorgeous mature models…and yours truly.

Ladies of all ages, shapes and sizes will showcase couture creations from the  most coveted and diverse designers from all over the globe. And, if that is not exciting enough in itself, you can also expect to see some surprise celebrity guests…so watch this space!

 

Models of Diversity are saying ‘The time has come to make the industry take note: the rules of beauty are there to be broken! CHANGE HAPPENS NOW!’ I really couldn’t agree more, which is why I am proud to be involved in what promises to be a spectacular event.

 

With all the proceeds from ticket sales and the  online auction go to MIND and MACMILLAN, this is also fashion with a conscience, and is sure to be one of the most important event this autumn. Tickets go on sale on 1st July. For all enquiries email info@modelsofdiversity.org

Hope to see you there.x

1960s style lust – Karen Gillan in We’ll take Manahattan

Last night saw the screening of the much-anticipated BBC4 drama ‘We’ll Take Manhattan’. This was the story of the photo shoot that shot 60s model Jean Shrimpton, aka ‘The Shrimp’ to fame, and changed the nature of fashion photography as we now it. The photographer who created this iconic work was of course David Bailey. Shrimpton and Bailey naturally fell in love and became one of the most iconic couples of all time.

The programme was fabulous, with Doctor Who star Karen Gillan making a totally gorgeous Shrimpton. Now, Karen is no amateur in the style stakes, with an eclectic personal style that includes wearing rather clumpy shoes to the NTA’s on Wednesday. But I totally fell in love with her early 1960s wardrobe that she wore in ‘We’ll take Manhattan’. First of all, I adore green, a huge colour for this season and one that has a shade to suit most skin tones. Combined with camel, it creates a chic palette that has a very grown up feel to it.

And then there’s that lush, glossy hair, tied with a range of flowing headscarves that frame that beautiful face. On Karen/Jean these look super stylish..I’d probably look more like Brigitte Jones if I attempted to wear one, but this is still a strong, stunning look.

I also love the fact that this is actually a rather pared down look. Accessories are kept to a minimum –  a scarf, a pair of seriously cool shades, tiny delicate pieces of jewellery. This isn’t the 1960s dollybird look – it’s much neater than that, and all the better for it.

This is a look that would be great this Spring, where colours are going to be brighter, and retro shapes are still strong.

Get the look – 1960s

Orange Bib Front Shift Dress Now £35.00 

 

Liza Mix Print Fit and Flare Dress

Ellen Daisy Mesh Insert Sleeveless Shift Dress 

Twist Side Shift Dress £50.00

balenciaga Backless dress 

Cashmere Crew Neck Jumper £139 

Brown paint Dip Border Scarf £16