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 model finalists in the UK Commercial category wore Vz Perfection by Vaishali’s spring/summer 2022 Sustainable Couture Collection and graduate fashion designer Abigail Willis-Cameron’s first collection titled ‘Disruptive Tea Party’.
Vz Perfection by Vaishali
Before the winners were announced the guests were entertained by Soprano and British Opera singer Celena Bridge who looked dazzling in Vz Perfection’s emerald green sequin dress with matching separate cuffs and one dramatic voluminous sleeve. From the Sustainable Couture Collection, other outfits featured are Ball Gowns, Sequin Dresses and Jumpsuits.
The Dresses, all of which were created using outfits from previous collections and left-over fabrics, were truly sustainable. The transformed, redesigned, and fresh look of the garments showcases Vaishali’s creativity which truly epitomises her brand slogan, “Simplicity with Originality”.
Kathy from Manchester won the first runner up place and looked stunningly regal wearing Vz’s navy sequined and beaded evening dress with a detachable chiffon ruffled overlay.
Shamarnee from Birmingham won second runner up place and sparkled Hollywood glamour in Vz’s crimson sequin dress with its detachable satin trail and statement rosette.
Another red carpet dress was worn by Nina from Staffordshire – navy sequin dress with one metallic gold sleeve and rays of silver and gold rising upwards from the hemline.
Aavy from Oxfordshire shows how she won the BeachBody Award in Vz’s patterned jumpsuit with black lace panels around the waist and down the legs. Teamed with a sunshine yellow chiffon cover up.
Carly from Cheshire keeps with the jumpsuit theme wearing silver lurex with detachable long skirt adorned with silver tassels and beads.
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A great look for Derby Day – a red satin knee length prom style dress worn by Molly from Norfolk or the ethereal cream chiffon ankle length dress with black top adorned with beaded tassles worn by Di Mal from London.
For Aintree Grand National or Chester May Festival – black lurex culottes with a daring tasselled top and teamed with a silver and black lace short cloak if the weather is chilly. Worn by Charlotte from Stoke on Trent.
Staying true to her style, Vz Perfection by Vaishali produced yet another dramatic outfit for her Showstopper. It featured a long Military Style Denim Jacket made from left-over fabrics from her last year’s Denim Collection, with a detachable White Ruffle Train which was also made from left-over Bridal Wear fabrics.
Worn by vet student Megan from Gloucestershire who won the Personal Style Award and 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).
Vaishali partnered with a Woking based charity ‘Liaise’ to create her new sustainable collection. Liaise works with local women, providing them with a safe and supportive environment to network, learn new skills, get advice and information on a range of issues.
With limited funds available to purchase new fabrics, Vaishali and the Liaise women embarked on a creative path to design garments from donated pieces of fabric and clothing and turned them into beautiful outfits that could be worn for any occasion.
Being in the fashion industry and wanting to promote sustainability, Vaishali commented:
“2020, was a year where we have all been challenged in one way or the other, yet it has left a lasting impression on all of us whether we like it or not. On the positive, it has made us appreciate ever more how beautiful our planet truly is, and if each and every one of us takes care of it, how wonderful it will continue to be.
“The Fashion Industry is the second largest polluter in the world. Freshwater and ocean pollution, accumulation of textile waste, greenhouse emissions are just a handful of examples of how the industry impacts on our environment. We collectively live in an era of the ‘throwaway’ culture and of mass production, which is widely known to irreversibly damage our planet.
“Things must change. How we live must change, as the current model is not sustainable. All over the world there is now a pressing need to render fashion more sustainable.”
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Photography: Earl Santos (Insta: @wackpaper17photography)
Recently graduated from Bath Spa University and named as “one to watch” at the Graduate Fashion Week 2021, Abigail describes her style as “Dr Suess meets English Edwardian” kitsch. She describes her design aesthetic and personal style as a blended mix of vintage and contemporary styles.
Aleesha from Yately won the UK Commercial Award plus the Natural Beauty Skin Award and looked fresh in Abigail’s pink bow blouse and pea green ruffle skirt.
Jolie from Liverpool won the Photographic Award and looked a picture in the pink gingham and lace dress with a digital pattern spray painted around the hem.
Catherine from Essex won the Natural Beauty Curves Award and wore Abigail’s black taffeta mini dress lined in pink.
Diana from London also wore a black taffeta dress lined in pink. Another LBD was worn by Olivia from Berkshire – a mini taffeta underlay with a dramatic midi tulle overlay and statement sleeve.
Allyna from Essex was a ray of sunshine in a yellow tiered dress adorned with a spray painted digital drawing on the front bib.
Equestrian lover, Millie from Derby swept in with a pea green floor length ruffle skirt and black top.
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Dancer and choreographer, Jesse glided down the runway in a pink cotton bow dress we think would be perfect for any summer raceday.
Another great summer raceday dress was worn by Tamara from Manchester – a cute mini pink taffeta dress which also could be worn with trousers on cooler days.
And as an alternative to the raceday dress, Yasmin from Warwickshire wore the trousers in pink gingham edged with black ribbon and lace.
Abigail loves working with colour and says:
“My collection explores a playful quirky spirit of clashing colours and textile details. Inspiration came from the disruptive environment and looking back to child-like days and silhouettes of the past mixed with cartoon drawings of Dr Seuss, creating a collection that combines kitsch and cute with a hand-painted splatter of grunge.”
Photography: Colin Choi www.colinchoi.com
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.
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