Culture & Unity catwalk show will be an unmissable showstopper during the event’s Sustainability, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Day on Thursday Sept. 22, with Black and LGBT+ designers, fashion, models and crew – some coming to BLE fresh from the London Fashion Week runway.
Black diversity, equality and inclusion sits at the heart of this 15-minute catwalk, taking place at 10 a.m. on the final day of BLE 2022, which will feature:
Four unique runway shows from Black Lives Matter and three incredible designers from the Black community
Cardi B and Idris Elba’s DJ, DJ Longers, playing Afro beat and hip hop music to set the scene
LGBT+ dance performance
African tribal drumming to provide a rousing finale of this Black culture catwalk.
Curated in partnership with
Licensing founder, Saphia Maxamed, the catwalk will bring the Fashion U.K. Black Lives Matter collection to life.
This runway will welcome Black community models from all sides of Black culture: high-fashion models, some Black British music artists and other high-caliber influencers within the Black community. This show will highlight real people and what the Black community really looks like.
Three designers will hit the catwalk next:
Sibu is a Black LGBT+ designer who has partnered
.) His designs will come to BLE fresh off the London Fashion Week runway where he appears on the Jaded Life Collective – Time Traveller Catwalk.
“I’m honored to be a part of this BLE Culture & Unity catwalk driven by the important Black Lives Matter movement and to use my voice to show that I am a proud Black person who is dealing with everyday injustices step by step, and that’s the only way to deal with it,” says Sibu.
Bridal and couture designer, Bunmi, specializes in exclusive bespoke bridal and evening wear pieces, collaborating with brides to make the dresses of their dreams.
Anita Quansah is an award-winning runway accessories designer whose collections have appeared in Vogue and Elle, as well as at the highly acclaimed
exhibition currently at the V&A in London.
Backstage, the runways will be supported by high-caliber creative professionals from the Black community, from specialized hair and makeup through to the performance team.
“Set as a closer to BLE’s three-day fashion theme, The Culture & Unity runway show is the one to watch,” says Saphia Maxamed, founder, Black Lives Matter Licensing. “For the first time, the licensing industry will be introduced to an effective way of delivering DE&I strategy correctly, and by that, I mean one that is authentic and not a tick box exercise or a number's game.”
“The BLE team has truly given back to Black community, more importantly have really taken notice of our idea to support and include the LGBT+ community in our show unity message by giving us a stage, a voice, and hiring talent from these communities to create the Culture & Unity catwalk experience, and that is exactly what the Black Lives Matter movement is all about: making a real, tangible difference to Black lives.”
“Designed to unite us as an industry and empower us to move forwards towards positive social change, the Culture & Unity themed catwalk show is set to be a showstopper,” says Anna Knight, senior vice president, licensing, Informa Markets.
“The runway will feature Black Lives Matter Movement fashion collections and spotlight Black-owned businesses looking to break into the licensing industry. Demands are growing for consumer-facing companies to make visible, authentic, and effective commitments to focus on – and meet –Black consumers’ needs and be inspired by those helping to drive economic equality. The catwalk will be coupled with cultural performances and LGBT+ dancers. Take my word for it, it is not to be missed.”
Visitors can also take the opportunity to meet the Black Lives Matter Licensing team on stand #D200 to learn more about how they amplify black voices across the consumer products sector while generating revenue to benefit the black community. Maxamed and other members of the team will be available for pre-arranged and drop-in meetings.
BLE is the leading European event for licensing and brand extension, taking place Sept. 20-22 at ExCeL London and visitors can
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