Having broken free from the usual Monday morning confines of Grazia Towers, we were off to stretch our legs this morning in some extreeemely glamorous company for our Born To Walk Talk event. Not only was Grazia Daily tottering through London town with Christopher Kane, Christopher Bailey, Erdem Moralioglu, Katie Hillier, Peter Pilotto, Charlotte Olympia AND Sarah Burton, but none other than Samantha Cameron - yes, SAM CAM! - lent her effortless elegance to the shabang too. And all for a very worthy cause indeed.
To bring you up to speed, Born to Walk Tall is the first ever Fashion Mile held to raise awareness of the important job health workers do worldwide. We were also joined by special guest Dr. Hajara Kera, a Save the Children doctor who runs a clinic in a remote part of Nigeria. Together, we walked from Downing Street to Somerset House to raise awareness of the vital role health-workers play in making sure that children survive to take their first steps.
And here they are! Yep, that's the lovely Mrs Cameron in a sleek black suit, strappy sandals and a Save The Children T-shirt chatting fashion goss with Hajara and Charlotte Olympia.
‘Born to Walk Tall’ calls on people to host their own walks to raise awareness and money to support health workers. As Sam Cam says, 'It's heartbreaking that 8 million children under five die every year, simply because there is no doctor or nurse nearby to give them treatment. The mile we're walking today is dedicated to the inspirational health professionals who tirelessly make that journey - often covering substantial distances - to save the lives of children. Let’s hope we can inspire others to walk their own Mile for the Born to Walk Tall campaign.'
'Let's hope there's no injuries!’ SamCam said as we left No. 10 and headed off into the sunshine. Within minutes, several heels had been swapped for flats and the most-fabulous-flash-mob-ever was soon chattering about London Fashion Week excitement. Sarah Burton had to dash off to Paris to put the finishing touches to her S/S'12 collection for Alexander McQueen - fair play, Ms B.
While we were rambling along the Thames, we grabbed a chat with the lovely Charlotte Olympia who has forgone her usual glam heels for the mile-long trek. 'I'm a real heels girl so I can't believe I'm wearing flats!' she told us. But we say these leopard-print booties are not only practical but pretty fashiony too - what more do you need for a Fash Pack Walk?!
Meanwhile, Grazia's Editor in Chief Jane Bruton championed on in her fierce Alaia heels worn with Mulberry's amazing Raglan Dress and Carter bag, catching up with Katie Hillier as she went.
'I’m supporting Save the Children’s campaign as no child should die because poverty stops them seeing a doctor or nurse,' Christopher Kane told us, explaining why he'd gotten up so early on a Monday morning. 'It’s possible for anyone to help - just £10 can buy enough medicine for a doctor or nurse to treat up to 30 children from killer childhood diseases.'
When we got to Somerset House twenty minutes later, everyone grabbed a well-earned drink (NON-alcohol, people - it's only 11am!) and Grazia Daily caught up with our lovely Fash Factor friends [above]. Cecilia Lundqvist and her foxy mask ('Charlotte Olympia has already ordered one!' she squealed), Queen of Scarves Ali Mapletoft (remember her pug-tastic designs?), Katty Janneh (sporting a red beret of her own creation) and Laura Joyner (Fash Factor's fabulous runner-up). Don't they look brill!
So we say bravo to one and all for taking part. We hope your tootsies aren't feeling too sore after all that schlepping...
- Jessica Vince