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Fashion journalist

Fashion activist

 Meet Caryn Frankin

(image from dailymail.co.uk):

 acclaimed British fashion industry expert

 who co-founded the organisation

All Walks Beyond the Catwalk

with noted fashion consultant Debra Bourne

and professional model Erin O’Conner.

(image from allwalks.org):


(l – r:  Debra Bourne, Erin O’Conner, Caryn Franklin)

Started in 2010, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk

is an awareness-raising/educational initiative

which advocates for diversity in fashion imagery:

people of different racial characteristics

people of different skin tones

people of different body types

people across the age spectrum

 people who are as nature intended

I had the wonderful opportunity to hear Ms. Franklin

speak on the objectives of All Walks; eloquently outlining

its compelling mission statement – its raison d’etre .

Ms. Franklin delivered her talk at the

London College of Fashion (LCF).

Key to the aims of All Walks is engagement

in meaningful, thought provoking discussion with

the next generation of fashion creatives.

 Their future artistic endeavours will determine

 what is deemed beauty.

Ms. Franklin reminded her audience of

“the power and influence of fashion”;

inviting these rising image-makers to illuminate their work:

catwalk shows

magazine illustrations

campaigns and marketing ventures …

their overall vision with images of beauty reflective of

the many not just the few.

If fashion is dynamically innovative in clothes presented:

blurring the boundaries of norm

establishing new terrain of perspective

never stagnant …

why isn’t the like so mirrored

in the bodies on which

the clothes are presented?

Fashion should be “empathetic”.

Such understanding can only stem from acknowledgment

that “any body can showcase fashion”, observes Ms. Franklin.

The fashion industry presents forceful visuals, which

impact societal impressions and dictate responses.

 Hence, the need for responsible articulation of

its messages is paramount.

To further the realisation of All Walks message,

Ms. Franklin works with

the British Fashion Council (BFC)

and Parliamentary members on effective measures

to promote diversity in fashion.

Earlier this year, her tireless commitment

was duly recognised –

she was honoured with an MBE (Member of the British Empire).

 In addition to LCF, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk

has forged relationships with 34 universities nationwide,

as well as Canada.

The aim – simple:

to encourage the next generation of fashion voices

to create in variation across all points of

their artistic production.

The aim – achievable:

When? … Now.

Model Difference

(image from dailymail.co.uk):

POP snapper Tyrone LeBon said his girlfriend Adwoa suggested unknown Moffy to him and Max Pearmain

Green-eyed beauty Molly has strabismus (cross-eyed).

She is contracted with Storm Models.

(image from fashionbeans.com):

Oliver Spencer SS13 Collection Review

On the runway for British menswear designer

Oliver Spencer s/s 2013,

(image from lainformacion.com):

On the runway for Chilean designer Juan Duyos, 2011 – Madrid Fashion Week


Model, Asia Mone’t

(image from telegraph.co.uk):

Models walk the runway at Ellus show held at Sao Paulo Fashion Week Winter 2008 January 20, 2008  Sao Paulo, Brazil.

After an investigation that found only 2.3% of models

participating in Sao Paolo Fashion Week – 2008 were Black,

 organisers agreed to enforce that in future,

10% of participating models will be of Black or mixed-race heritage.

– 43% of the Brazilian population consider themselves mixed race or Black –

In order to encourage sentiments of positive body awareness,

fashion images should better mirror the collective reflection of viewers:

that of the body beautiful, the body varied.

All Walks Beyond the Catwalk