Ladies! Looking for something thought provoking AND fashion forward to do tonight in gorgeous surroundings with a groovy soundtrack?
YES of course you are. We know Grazia Daily readers will be too refined to be out hunting for Valentines refusniks in seedy wine bars, so why not take a trip to the National Portrait Gallery in London for what promises to be a huge and hugely interesting night of cultural/fashionable delights with a serious message?
All Walks Beyond the Catwalk was an initiative to campaign for more diversity in modelling and the fashion industry generally, started by Caryn Franklin, Debra Bourne and Erin O’Connor in 2009. Now it’s been going for two years and tomorrow will see one of their biggest events so far – a celebration of all shapes and sizes at the National Portrait Gallery, with nine exclusive brand new portraits by Rankin of various different body type representatives.
Today Erin told us today how proud she is of what the project has been able to achieve so far . . .
‘Having played our part in instigating a shift in attitude, since our launch at London Fashion Week in September 2009 – where eight emerging designers were paired with eight diverse models – most notable for the introduction of curvy model Harley Morley, to Mark Fast, who also included her in his catwalk show – All Walks Beyond The Catwalk has continued to grow. We at All Walk's strive to support and encourage the beauty of diversity within the fashion industry and our creative aim should be to appeal to everyone.'
Well said Erin. There will also be debates and discussions, a soundtrack from the Work It DJs and plenty to experience on all floors. Entry is free of charge and there is no need to book ahead. So get yourself down there!
- Naomi Attwood