Accent Clothing is always keen to be involved in fashion events in and around Leeds supporting the local fashion community!
This Sunday saw Accent Clothing taking part in the exciting final of a new modelling competition ‘Next Top Model…Leeds’ which took place at The Warehouse Club Leeds!
This competition was open to anyone who has always wanted to be part of the modelling industry and has never got their chance with the prize being: one year’s contract with Catwalk Model Management; a fashion appearance on fashion trends website ‘StyleMeTV’; a day at model boot camp at the London School of Modelling home to the stars of the hit ITV2 show Models Misfits and Mayhem, £500 and one year’s free entry to The Warehouse Club, Leeds.
The event, hosted by JoJo and Simon Hirst from Capital FM, was not only about selecting the winner of 'Next Top model...Leeds' but about raising money and awareness of the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board: an organisation that helps support members of the community offering care for people with dementia, learning and physical disabilities, mental health problems, hearing and visual impairment, people who are lonely and isolated and children with Asperger’s, autism and behavioural problems.
Accent Clothing has witnessed all the stages of the competition with Accents Clothing’s very own Web Director Louise Schneider, Marketing Co-ordinator Rhonda Richards and Director Steve Hakin being part of the judging panel that selected the 16 finalists; 8 male and 8 female. Each were able to bring their own experience of the fashion world to the table to help carefully select the models who has what it takes to make it in the industry.
Sunday night saw these 16 finalists ‘strut’ their stuff down the catwalk whilst being judged by a celebrity panel consisting of ex-footballer Dominic Matteo, Victoria Cockroft from CATWALK Model Management, the owner and co-founder of StyleMeTv Karen Harris, former rugby league player Ellery Hanley MBE and finally actress Poppy Jharka.
With the outfits being provided by Accent Clothing the competition finalists showcased new spring/summer stock that is now available in store and online.The models wore brand such as Barbour, Belstaff, Scotch and Soda, Sugarhill, Charas and One Green Elephant. With an outfit change the judges were able to see the models exhibit two different looks: day wear and evening wear.
The 16 finalists where whittled down by the judges and the final six were put on the spot with some interesting questions from the judges. Learning a little bit more about the models and their personality helped the judges make the final decision and name the two winners of 'Next Top Model...Leeds'. Accent Clothing can proudly announce the winner from the female category was Anisha Hamilton and from the male category, Jonny Laidler. Congratulations to both of the winners!
The night's events also included a sit down meal, a community fashion show which featured members of the community modelling clothes and shoes from Daniel Footwear, a performance from Jake Sorkin singing 'What About Now', a dance performance from 'The Dance Mob' an appeal video from the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, a charity auction and some games.
The night was a complete success and all from Accent Clothing were glad to be a part of it! A massive thanks needs to go out to all the members of the Accent Clothing team who helped in all stages of the event from selecting the finalists to styling and dressing the models backstage.
We can confirm the event raised a whopping £30,000 for the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board. Thank you to all who attended and supported the event raising money for such a good cause.
Photos by Phil Witcom and Maxine Stewart.