It’s not always the mainstream catwalk shows that grab attention.
Designers with smaller budgets come up with equally stunning ways to show their collections. Step forward Ada Zanditon who collaborated with singer/songwriter, fashion muse and rising star Viktoria Modesta to showcase her AW13 collection on the streets of London, by creating this clever and highly enterprising fashion moment: Viktoria Modesta catwalks like no one is watching
All Walks have been following Viktoria, an amputee model replete with a wardrobe of stylish prosthetic limbs – one even adorned in diamante from knee to stack heel – who aims to and does inspire all women with her ‘can-do’ attitude and mercurial glamour.
And emerging designer Ada Zanditon – who has previously, in Berlin, showcased her designs on models in a variety of sizes – wins our vote for one to watch. This season Ada has mixed digital print and a collage of fabrics with black leather and human hair to create a collection that ticks more than one box for this team.
The human hair, explains Zanditon, is ethically sourced, as many of her fabrics are. “It’s from a temple, where spiritual followers voluntarily shave their heads to begin their spiritual journey and allow the sale of the hair they have cast off to to finance philanthropic activity.”
‘March of the Tigress,’ this season’s collection by Zanditon is aptly named. Two great women…ONE LOUD ROAR
Post by Caryn Franklin
Former fashion editor and co-editor of i-D Magazine for 6 years in the early eighties, Caryn Franklin has been a fashion commentator for 29 years. She presented the BBC’s Clothes Show for 12 years and BBC’s Style Challenge for 3 years as well as producing and presenting numerous documentaries for ITV on designers including Vivienne Westwood, Philip Treacy and Matthew Williamson.
Working in education throughout her career as external assessor and lecturer in colleges like Central St Martins, London College of fashion and Royal College of Art, she is also an ardent fashion activist and has co-chaired the award winning Fashion Targets Breast Cancer for 15 years and proposed the London College of Fashion Centre of Sustainability and is its ambassador.
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