As Fashion month kicks off its Converse and starts practising its catwalk strut, there’s one show coming up in London that’s worth paying attention to – regardless of whether you’re a ticket-holding member of this season’s FRow.
Organised by the British Asian Trust and a UK-based charity, GMSP, which helps victims of sexual violence, the show is set to feature designs by Asian designer Raishma and shoe-designer Lucy Choi.
But for once, the clothes aren’t going to be the centre of attention. Seriously. Because this show is all about the models.
Featuring 24-year-old Adele Bellis from Suffolk and 26-year-old Laxmi Aggarwal from Delhi – both survivors of acid attacks – the show’s organiser, GMVP CEO Sonal Patel, hopes to highlight the extent of the violence against women that takes place all over the world.
Adele was attacked in 2014 when her ex-boyfriend threw acid in her face, causing her to lose her right ear and endure severe scarring down one side of her head and body. Meanwhile, Laxmi’s experience took place in 11 years ago, when she was only 15. After a 32-year-old man repeatedly tried to propose to her, she said no – and he punished her by throwing acid in her face, chest and hands.