After a long 16-month delay due to COVID 19 restrictions, the Top Model 2020 fashion event was finally able to go ahead.
The event took place in June at the 5-star Royal Horseguards Hotel in central London. Featuring various categories, the international model finalists in the Worldwide category were lucky enough to be able to ‘strut down’ the catwalk wearing London based couturier, Omar Mansoor’s Cruise Collection ’21 of kaftans and airy dresses in hues of watermelon colour.
A firm believer of sustainability in fashion, Omar Mansoor used pre embroidered fabrics end of lines to create his Cruise Collection. Originally the fabrics were in different shades of beige, creams and whites. These were stitched together and then dyed the gorgeous watermelon shade after the whole garment was constructed.
The embroidered designs depict the jolliness of a sunny holiday (and we think maybe a sunny day at the races). His dresses are easy to wear, easy to maintain and are multifunctional as they can smoothly transition from day to evening with the help of a few accessories. Sleeves are voluminous and silhouettes are the classic A-line style.
Below we have matched some of his dresses from the collection with the most popular of the summer racing events:
For a Glorious Goodwood garden party vibe there is Omar’s Boho style maxi dress with its cheeky see-through band above the knees. Modelling the dress is England’s top model finalist Melissa who became the winner of the UK Editorial category and the runner up in the Worldwide category. She also won the Beach Body Award. You could say it’s a Triple Crown!!
A shorter Boho chic style option is Omar’s breezy loose fitting knee length dress. The row of short tassels just below each shoulder and the side panels ending in a slightly gathered kink at the hem transforms the simple A-line style into a quirky look. Worn here by top model finalist Catherine from Hong Kong.
Perfect for a hot sunny day at York’s Ebor Festival are Omar’s cool floaty short dresses worn by Estonia’s top model winner Milana and top model finalist Aisha-Karina from Jamaica.
Aisha Karina became the second runner up in the Worldwide category.
Both dresses are kaftan styles and would also look amazing teamed with a pair of smart summer trousers: cigarette pants, palazzo, skinny, cropped or full length – whichever style takes your fancy!
Doncaster St Leger
Our hardy Yorkshire lasses are still keen to keep on wearing summer dresses for the Doncaster St Leger Festival even in cooler September. Omar’s mini dress with its long romantic poet sleeves would look stunning teamed with a range of footwear – from a pair of strappy sandals to the ankle boot if the weather turned nippy. Worn by The Bahamas’s top model winner Mia who scooped the Public Charity Award – raising the most money for the Top Model Foundation charity (see details re the charity at the bottom of this article)
For those who prefer a longer length dress, Omar’s collection also includes just below the knee styles. The tiered/panel dress worn by top model finalist Maria (from Finland) has a shorter underskirt to give a more ethereal look. Help cinch in the waistline even more with a skinny belt. Maria was the overall winner in the Worldwide category.
Ayr Gold Cup
Obviously you have to go for gold at the Ayr Gold Cup Festival and choose Omar’s wide-leg pants in glistening metallic plisse fabric teamed with his deep tomato red top and its exaggerated asymmetric peplum hem. Modelled here by top model finalist Karina from Poland, who effortlessly took the Classic Chic award.
If it is a dress you desire, Omar’s shimmering soft velour batwing dress is ideal for the cooler Scottish air and would make an elegant statement paired with either strappy sandals or boots depending on the weather. Worn here by top model finalist Jekaterina from Russia.
Omar commented that all material used in his collection is from dead stocks i.e. discarded fabrics which would have eventually been disposed off as land-fills and hence contributing in the pollution of the planet. He returned to what first inspired him in 2013 to do the ‘Shore-Ditch’ collection but revisited it with a new perspective, incorporating elements of both sustainability and wearability.
Photo credit to Colin Chau.
Show production: www.topmodel.co.uk
A Cruise Collection
As the name suggests, a Cruise (or Resort) collection was originally a chance for fashion designers to create a summery mid season clothing line that was specifically aimed at the globe trotting jet setters heading out on cruises to warmer destinations in the winter. Although the name stayed, the cruise collection is no longer just for these luxury loving explorers. We say what better way to introduce more choices of fabulous dresses to pick for the summer race season!
Top Model supports The Top Model Foundation Charity
The Top Model Foundation for sick children and children in need is a non-profit independent charity dedicated to improving and changing the lives of children and young people in the UK. The charity was established as a fashion, beauty and creative industry initiative in 2019; founded by a small group of individuals from a variety of industry professions. The Top Model Foundation helps causes and appeals where assets, equipment or grants will make the biggest difference and working directly with those in need.
Karen Grace studied Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion and is Eclipse Magazine’s Fashion & Beauty Editor.
You can read more of Karen’s fashion advice at: www.frumpytofunky.com
For personal shopping and styling services you can reach her via frumpy to funky on [email protected]