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theguardian - 10 days ago

My evening as a catwalk model at London fashion week

As champions of sustainable fashion and inclusivity, Vin and Omi’s show dispensed with planet-destroying fabrics – and professional modelsIt’s Friday night and I’m standing in the basement of the Savoy hotel, surrounded by more than 50 people in wire antlers and candyfloss pink recycled wigs. It’s just a few minutes before Vin and Omi’s show is due to start, when the small wooden door in front of us will open on to the famous mirrored ballroom – the same one where Christian Dior held his first UK show. I don’t feel ready for the London fashion week crowd.So unique is Vin and Omi’s brand – sustainable fashion with an inclusive message – that I and many of the other models are in fact not models at all. Next in line to me is Paris, an elegant, honey-skinned woman, who tells me only as she’s being fitted into her latex hotpants for the show that she normally works as a mental health nurse. Continue reading...

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