This season, the menswear shows especially seemed to be stepping away from the Hedi Slimane-style extremity of only thin caucasian models. We saw a healthy mix of from slim to athletic to muscular bodies and a range of ethnicities, especially at Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s ‘Ones to Watch‘ show, from designers such as BodyBound:

Bodybound London Fashion Week AW 2012

One of my favorite looks was at Joseph Turvey, who showcased extreme pinks and other bold colours on the catwalk that looked great against a variety of skin tones and reflected a very cool, carefree attitude to the mens clothing which embraces my favorite era in style and models; the 80′s.

Joseph Turvey AW 2012

One womenswear design duo, sisters Tamara and Natasha Surguladze – also known as the brand Tata-Naka – had a fun atmospheric Tea Party presentation this London Fashion Week with alcoholic cocktails served in dainty tea cups and saucers.

Women drinking tea at Tata-Naka AW12

With the sound of The Surpremes playing in the background, and walls covered in Tata-Naka print fabric, the room was filled with a real buzz as models lined up playfully posing for the press and bloggers.

Tata Naka AW12 presentation

With a mixture of skin tones and big afro hair, the models at Tata Naka certainly caught my attention. The 70′s spirit of the collection, and the fun way they chose to present it, celebrating the women, generated a really good atmosphere and made it one of my favourite collections of the season from the perspective of diversity and individulity.

These shows give good examples of diversity on the catwalk, but if there still is not enough (there isn’t) then there certainly was around Somerset House – the home of London Fashion Week. Here are some street style snaps I took of people that certainly embraced their individuality in cool and quirky ways. You may recognise some of these faces – such as the designer for Sibling and Diane Pernet:

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Post by Michael Williamson, on Twitter @mwfrost
Editor Charlotte Gush, on Twitter @CavaCharlotte
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Michael Williamson is a designer, stylist, blogger and an integral member of the All Walks team, having been with us from the very beginning.

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