Grenfell Tower activists open London Fashion Week to demand justice

Danielle Fowler
·Freelance Writer
A group of activists, bereaved families and members of the community opened London Fashion Week in support of Grenfell [Photo: Jeff Moore]

Model Adwoa Aboah joined fellow activists, bereaved families and celebrities on the runway this morning to open London Fashion Week in support of Grenfell Tower survivors.

Representing those who lost their lives in the tragedy, 72 models – including musician Emilie Sandé and actress Clara Paget – took to the catwalk decked in t-shirts emblazoned with the message: “72 dead and still no arrests? How come?”

The poignant slogan was designed by Grenfell Speaks and SplitSquare Design after seeking inspiration from the 2018 Oscar-winning film,Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’.

“We wanted to create a design that remembered and honoured the people who died at Grenfell Tower, and to serve as a reminder of why we continue to campaign as a community,” the designers explained.

It’s been almost two years since the incident which claimed 72 lives.

The 72 models represented those who lost their lives in the fire [Photo: Jeff Moore]
The 72 models represented those who lost their lives in the fire [Photo: Jeff Moore]

Shortly afterwards, it was announced that a public inquiry would take place but according to The Guardian, the second phase of the investigation may not come about until 2020.

“London Fashion week is a perennial event in the international calendar and highlights the world talent, creativity and inspiration in our diverse city,” Justice4Grenfell campaign coordinator, Yvette Williams, explained.

“The fire at Grenfell Tower is the unfashionable side of London where 72 people needlessly lost their lives. Their deaths will not be in vain. We are honoured to be part of London Fashion Week that will assist our campaign in keeping a global focus on what happened at Grenfell and to support the bereaved families in their continued fight for truth and justice.”

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