Rise On The Runway

Rise On The Runway

Photography : Justin Goff

had the pleasure of attending an inspiring event on Monday 12th September – Rise On The Runway – that paid homage to the continued support and willingness of the British Asian Trust together with the Sachdev family’s GMSP Foundation to raise more awareness around gender violence which is a widespread issue in today’s society. Fundamentally, the main objective of the British Asian Trust is to give a girl a future through positive action and, as Richard Hawkes – Chief Executive of the British Asian Trust pointed out in a welcome speech, to ensure children get a better education and mental health issues are improved to reinforce the trust of the Asian community. A key guest in attendance at the event was Laxmi Agarwal who shared her courageous story about surviving an acid attack at the tender age of 15 and who is now a successful model. What an incredible journey she has had, and a true inspiration to us all.

As part of the evening, a fashion show took place with Laxmi rising like a Phoenix on the runway giving guests a sense of empowerment, and through which fashion and creativity were seen to play a crucial role in translating real life struggles into a positive message. That said, models graced the runway in Raishma Couture gowns. What caught my eye in particular were the beautiful clutches by Shriyani created in collaboration with Tresor. Shriyani is a luxury handmade bag collection created ethically by artisans.


fusion of contemporary designs

The beauty of the collection highlights a unique fusion of contemporary designs and traditional skills to convey a powerful meaning. For example, there are three limited edition clutch bags including The Lotus which is a sign of purity metaphorically speaking. Through this symbolism, we learn that the lotus flower remains unspoiled from muddy waters just like the resilience of women such as Laxmi has emerged as untouched from her acid attack ordeal. This triumph is celebrated in the lotus design with 100% of proceeds going to the British Asian Trust. As Sonal Sachdev Patel, CEO of GMSP Foundation, eloquently said in her welcome speech “fashion usually focuses on external but this evening we turn that on its head and shine a light on the internal scars carried by

abuse victims” On that note, it was refreshing to watch a runway show that focused on internal beauty revealing a partnership between a lady wearing a product to promote the dignity of artisans, and skillful artisans giving us the honor of sharing their story.

Written by #Styleiconnat | #TheLifestyleCollective | #GiveAGirlAfuture | Photography by Justin Goff

beauty of the collection

beauty of the collection

beauty of the collection

beauty of the collection


Style Icon Nat

Award-winner of the 2020 UK Enterprise Awards for most innovative celebrity stylist & lifestyle writer, Natalie is London based. Additionally, she is known for her work as a content creator and launched her blog in 2017 - Style Icon Nat's The Lifestyle Collective. The latter consolidated her creative skills and supports lifestyle, fashion and beauty brands. Natalie's fashion journey began in Harrods and Browns - South Molton Street, where she worked as a fashion consultant. In 2004, Natalie continued her fashion career as a personal shopper in Selfridges and set up Style Icon Ltd (a personal shopping company) in 2005. This led to worldwide travel for private clients, red carpet styling, student mentoring, public speaking at LFW, Clothes Show Live and British Airways corporate events. The end goal is to inspire, motivate and educate people globally. Natalie has a BA (Honours) degree in social policy & politics, PGCE and creative writing certification from Central St Martins.


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