“The re-balancing of human values is essential in today’s western world. Our present culture feels so shaped by the commercial imperatives of Consumerism and Economic Sustainability, that the consequent emotional issues are either unrecognised, or only addressed when the symptoms turn to tangible diseases or mental health issues. It’s time to join the dots! ” Co Founder Debra Bourne.

All Walks has a habit of landing up in debates that extend beyond the perimeters of Fashion and Style. It’s what co-founder Debra and I talk about all day long! Why? Because we recognise the power of fashion to carry messages about personal-identity, way beyond superficial veneers of trend and novelty, straight to the heart of self-esteem and wellbeing.  On our journey, we have met some brilliant women and men who have also made it their business to deconstruct the allure of fashion and its relationship to the bigger picture.

Psychologist, writer and former international model, Adriana Giotta above, is one such thinker. Currently engaged in a scientific research project to foresee methodologies and ways to bring a humanistic component to the world of fashion modelling, she founded rolemodelliving.com a pioneering role and model mentor in 2010.

Giotta brings professional, psychological, philosophical and feminine competencies, to support models, mining her own experience and unique perspective.

“It’s my goal,” she says, “to help young models – male and female, to avoid many of the risks they may face in their careers whilst, at the same time, enabling them to capitalise on the experience to the fullest, in order to become successful role models, to help them feel good with themselves before feeling good with others, to help them feel beautiful on the inside, not just on the outside, and most importantly, to help them recognise how to authorise the disclosure of their own unique identity, to become what they really are, bringing out their own Self and true desires.”

“This way,” continues Giotta, “Fashion models will gradually begin to represent not just an aesthetic beauty but also an ethical beauty, conveying healthier messages to the public, who are currently badly affected by unrealistic and manipulative media images.”

Adriana is the spokesperson for a new paradigm that is willing to prove business and ethics can be compatible, especially in our postmodern society where the need for re-establishing human values is becoming critical. Read more here


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 33 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 17 years and proposed the London College of Fashion Centre of Sustainability and is its ambassador.

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