Top Model 2021 Award Show featuring Omar Mansoor and Khanoum Couture by Nivin Bashiti

The Top Model 2021 Awards event was held in September at the 5 star Royal Horseguards Hotel in central London.

Taking place during London Fashion Week, the model finalists were lucky enough to be able to sashay down the catwalk in the latest creations of various fashion designers. 

 

Featuring various categories, the international model finalists in the Worldwide category wore London based couturier, Omar Mansoor’s spring/summer 2022 Collection titled ‘Efflorescence’  and the Khanoum Couture label by Nivin Bashiti

Omar Mansoor

A firm believer of sustainability in fashion, Omar Mansoor has used organic cotton accompanied by recycled fabrics, silks and deadstock polyester fabrics. The latter mentioned consists of discarded fabrics that usually end up as landfill, hence polluting the planet.

Top model contestant Alexandria from The Bahamas won the coveted Worldwide Category and looked radiant in Omar’s fuchsia knee length dress in billowing chiffon. Freya from England, who won the first runner up place also wore fuchsia: a midi embellished with an unusual beaded pattern on the front.

Omar’s colour palette is chic shades of light grey and fiery fuchsia which represent the two meanings of ‘Efflorescence’, the title of his collection.

In terms of chemistry, efflorescence can mean a crystalline deposit of salts that form when water is present in or on concrete walls – ergo the choice of  light grey in the colour palette. Antoinette from Nigeria wore a grey mermaid style gown with sequins representing the crystalline deposit of salts.

Efflorescence also refers to the process of developing and unfolding- as when a seed transforms into a flower. Hence the colour fuchsia which is also a flower. Eleanora from Estonia glowed in a fuchsia wrap over dress.  Grey represents the concrete wall and fuchsia the blooming bougainvillea flowers on the wall.  The grey also represents ambivalence and dullness while fuchsia represents confidence, assurance and vividness. This depicts how one can change the meaning of the same word ‘Efflorescence’ thus embarking on a new chapter in one’s life.

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Julia from Sweden wore  a soft light grey boho tiered midi dress with spaghetti straps and elasticated bodice – a good choice for the semi relaxed garden party atmosphere of Glorious Goodwood.

Anita from Estonia’s outfit was more formal. The fuchsia Broderie Anglaise midi dress would be perfect for the Derby Festival, Royal Ascot and any other race event that requires a strict dress code.

Erykah from the British Virgin Islands won the Natural Beauty Skin Award and wore a floaty chiffon fuchsia dress adorned with fabric covered buttons all in a tight row down the front.

 

Moving onwards, the collection consists of multifunctional outfits in medium and full lengths. They can be adapted from day wear to evening wear with the right accessories. This year, Omar Mansoor’s collection was presented physically as well as digitally, at The Royal HorseGuards London Hotel.

Omar Mansoor  graduated from LCF (London College of Fashion) in 2007,and has since established an international Womenswear label, dressing celebrities, royalty and the modern woman. He is widely credited with re-introducing fusion clothing into modern fashion. Omar’s designs have been featured in prestigious publications such as Vogue UK, Huffington Post, Financial times and of course Eclipse Magazine!

www.omarmansoor.com

Photo credit to Colin Chau

Khanoum Couture by Nivin Bashiti

Nivin Bashiti is a long established Syrian designer of haute couture and bridal wear. Her designs are highly sought after by stars of the Arab world and she is famed for her individuality and eye for detail.

Wearing a metallic brocade cocktail dress with a shimmering organza side train, Sofia from Finland looked every inch a silver screen goddess winning the second runner up place and also the Photographic Award. Going for Rose Gold, Georgia from England sparkled in a low off the shoulder sequined cocktail dress with long sleeves, and took 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). 

Our Favourites for A Day at the Races

From the sunny Caribbean island of  Grenada, Kelsey looked cool as a Snow Queen in an ice blue prom style dress embellished with icicle shards of sequins covering the corseted bodice. Another Ice Maiden was Sandra from Lithuania in a white prom style dress encrusted with large jagged mirror sequins and crystals scattered as though falling from a snowstorm.

Looking Pretty in Pink was Isabella from Sweden in a high neckline figure hugging dress ruched down the front and back. The leg-of-mutton (or the French name Gigot for a more appealing description) sleeves create a strong look. 

Instagram @nivinbashitiofficial 

Photo credit to Colin Choi (Sofia’s image ) and Eclipse Magazine 

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 works directly with those in need.  

The Top Model Foundation | Supporting sick children and children in need

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