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Akil Richards

"To kick start my modelling career"


Let us introduce you to the Elementz of couture award winning model Akil

I am a fitness enthusiast. I currently compete in bodybuilding shows as a Men Physique competitor. I am an aspiring model who is passionate about fashion and I am sponsored by 2 clothing brands.

Why did you want to be part of this show?

I wanted to gain some catwalk experience and the Elementz of Couture show seemed like the perfect opportunity for this. It was a great way to kick start my modelling career.

What was your favorite part of the show?

My favourite part of the show was the the catwalk. The crowds response boosted my confidence immensely. Hearing my name called and receiving my sash at the end was the cherry on top of the cake for me.


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"I was shocked at the return fee"


Meet the gorgeous Natasha Higham, we gave her £30 spending money to grab her fave item from Oh Polly!

I’m 24 years old and I’m a Lettings administrator from West Yorkshire. I have an older brother who is like my best friend! When I was younger I had so many hobbies- I went to swimming, girl guides, Zumba classes, music centres (I played the flute amongst other instruments) I was in the Royal Regiment of Lancashire Fusiliers corps of drums as a fife player, I was also a bell ringer for my local church, I took part in competitions such as Miss UK Continents and others. I worked hard to be part of all these organisations alongside my studies at school, college and university. I studied performance throughout all my academic years and graduated with a 2:1 🙌🏼I worked throughout many different lines of work and I’m still trying to find out what I want to be but in the meantime, I’m enjoying learning something new.

  • I love walks on a beach where the sand goes between my toes and being in the sea
  • I enjoy socialising with my friends
  • I love lazy days on the sofa watching Netflix
  • I’m enjoying helping people and seeing them smile
  • I also like to bake 🙂

Mustard dress from OhPolly.com

There was so many different items to choose from so finding an item wasn’t difficult, applying the filters such as colour, price and size on my phone didn’t seem to work but I hadn’t tried via a computer where it may have worked for me. Check out was really simple and I had no issues with information. I ordered my item on Friday and it arrived Monday so I was really impressed especially due to the current pandemic. The presentation was lovely in nice box, the item was folded neatly and inside a bag, the return labels and information were also available- this was a big deal for me as I have no access to a printer, I wouldn’t have been able to go online to print one. After trying on the item, it really didn’t fit like in the picture on the model I had ordered a uk size 10, which is what I would usually get. The material was really nice, to a high quality and felt comfortable when on. For me it was slightly short so I would probably wear it with something underneath. Due to the item not fitting I had to return it for a smaller size. When I got to the post office I had to pay for it to be returned. I was so used to having free returns from some companies I was shocked at the return fee of £4.10 as a customer I’d be rather frustrated by paying for the item paying for delivery and paying so much for return. There was an option to take to an Asda service to return it, however my local Asda’s did not provide this service. Overall I enjoyed the experience of receiving and reviewing the item.

Oh Polly Score...

Was the Item True to Size?

Too big

Price Affordability?

3/5

Not Expensive - Not a Bargain

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Jasmin Bennett

"Everyone is watching you model"


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Model: @jasminhelenmodel

Jasmin, 26 year old, singer, song writer, model, Shropshire, modelling, Elements of Couture, professional, connections in the industry, confidence, career,

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Why did you want to be part of this show?

I have been a brand model for Elementz of Couture for almost two years now and every time I walk in a show, it’s always so much fun. I meet new creatives and walk for incredibly talented designers, all whilst being included in an amazing group. It’s like family. 

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What was your favorite part of the show?

Once it’s your turn to walk, the runway is yours. It’s an elating feeling like no other that boosts your confidence ten fold. Everyone is watching you model this design and you get to decide how to show it off. It’s nerve wracking and exhilarating at the same time, totally addictive. 

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Sonia Lal

"I LOVE TO LOVE"


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Model: @sonia_lal_121

I do modelling as well as extra/ acting work.
I love working out, in fact it’s essential for me.
I am usually attracted to unique and different things.
I love to love.
I am a spiritual type of person, in that I believe in law of attraction and trust energies and vibes.

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Why did you want to be part of this show?

When Natalie phoned me and explained what EOC was about, I was over the moon to be part of such a diverse event. 
When I saw Instagram pics of past events, I was enlightened by the colours, clothes, designs and creativity and knew this was so much More then a model competition.

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What was your favorite part of the show?

The event itself was spectacular, but for me the most blessed part of the entire show were the other models.
The way each girl, without even asking helped each other get into our outfits and uplift each other was just phenomenal. Blessed to work with these beauties. All were fab, inside and out.

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BOUTIQUE

Pearlchat Fashion House

By Ronnie & Mercy from London


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Brand: @Pearlchatfashionhouse

Pearlchatfashionhouse is an African inspired fashion label. We are based in London. We are mainly bespoke tailor made fashion designers and draw our inspiration from the beautiful very colourful African kitenge fabrics. We cater for both women and men. Our outfits are aimed at the everyday person. Whether you have £20 or £200 we have something for you. We tailor outfits according to the buyer/customer.

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Why did you want to be part of this show?

We became part of the show because we offered something different.  We were the only African inspired designers at the show. We want people to know that you don't have to be African or a person of colour to wear our outfits.  Our outfits are for anyone and everyone who wants to try something different from the norm.

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What was your favorite part of the show?

Our favourite part of the show was the whole catwalk/runway.  It showed different styles and designs available.  However the Pearlchat fashion house catwalk / runway was primarily our best part of the show as it gave us great pride in showing the attendees and beyond what we had to offer.

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Model Aliyah Daley

" I won Best High Fashion Model"


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Model: @aliyah.vx

I am fairly new to my modelling career, but I have already made an impact within a year! Being in a successful music video, a few fashion photo shoots for a clothing brand and for my own portfolio, as well as catwalk fashion show. I always work hard to my full potential and look for new opportunities. As well as modelling, I am a Trainee Accountant.

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Why did you want to be part of this show?

I wanted to be part of Elementz of Couture Show as it was an opportunity to get more experience in catwalk. I am glad I took the step and applied as it has helped with my confidence and I was supported by beautiful people inside and out.

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What was your favorite part of the show?

From the rehearsals to the actual day of the show was an amazing experience. The organizer Natalie, models, designers, photographers, make-up artists and many more were professional and was lovely to work with. I absolutely loved the runway experience and to top it off I won ‘Best High Fashion Model’, which I am so grateful for.

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Designer Marina  Zeleznak

"Donna Marina couture dresses may flip heads"


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Designer: @donnamarinaofficial

Donna Marina women's wear brand has been in existences since 2015 in Birmingham UK, we tend to re-imagine timeless aesthetics for a contemporary era, making original distinctive and exquisite garments for ladies with charm and coming up with unique tailor custom dresses (evening/prom/bridals) in edition and that we are suitable measure bespoken styles and items that are accessible to all or any. Wearing Donna Marina couture dresses may flip heads where you go.

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Why did you want to be part of this show?

Always a pleasure to work with naturally talented and beautiful people such as Natalie Maragh, Jodrock Blackwood, Mike Smith, Samantha Jane and all team of the Elementz of Couture. Because we are here and now enjoying every moment of life.

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What was your favorite part of the show?

Incredible performance by Adelaide MacKenzie, catwalk and model competition of the Elementz of Couture models and of course watching the runway of my own brand. The all models are brilliant and talented!

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TALENT

Meet the Fashion Photographers

The talented team assisting the Elementz of Couture fashion show 2020

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LAURA DEMPSTER: @cakemix

"I'm Laura, Photographer with over 10 years experience. While my first love is analogue photography, I can't resist the opportunity to shoot a good fashion show."

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Why did you want to be part of this show?

I've been with Elementz of Couture since the beginning, and Natalie is now someone I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for. The show has come a long was since the first time I worked on it, and it has been great to watch the team grow, meet the new faces and work with a range of fantastic individuals.

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What was your favorite part of the show?

I can't just pick one part. Natalie really excelled with this one, there was a great range of designers and everybody really worked hard.

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FEMMA ANDERSON: @Andersonfemma

"Always loved photography and capturing the moment."

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Why did you want to be part of this show?

I've never done a fashion show and I wanted to challenge myself.  I love to take pictures of people who love to have their pictures taken.

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What was your favorite part of the show?

Learning what goes on behind the scenes, meeting the models, having a chat and then taking informal portrait shots of them.  

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MIKE SMITH: @elementzofcouture

"Professional commercial Fashion Photographer"

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Why did you want to be part of this show?

Been shooting for Elementz of Couture around 3 Years, as an in House Photographer

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What was your favorite part of the show?

The Paul Burbridge set

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DAVE JENNINGS: @davejennings_photography

"Only been shooting fashion and portraits since March 2019. Before that I used to shoot motorsport for a magazine and Heritage Jaguar. Got into fashion photography by chance, now i wonder why did I not do this years ago. Dream is to have enough bookings and earn enough from photography to be able to leave my day-time job as a web developer. Photography is way more fun."

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Why did you want to be part of this show?

Elementz of Couture are without a doubt the most positive, fun, energizing, hard working group of people I have ever met.  Just being around them makes you feel up for any task. Honestly could not talk highly enough of them.

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What was your favorite part of the show?

Just being there and being part of the energy that makes Elements of Couture who they are.

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BOUTIQUE

Design Me Fabulous

"Meeting all the models was a highlight"


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Why did you want to be part of this show?

Being apart of this show for me meant that I could showcase my talent and passion. Also to work with a Birmingham model company (Elementz of couture) which is prestigious and well known.

What was your favorite part of the show?

Meeting all the models was a highlight and the process of picking my models. Seeing and meeting all the other designers was inspirational and heart-warming as we supported one another. The runway was the icing on the cake. I absolutely loved it!

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Designer: @designmefabulous

Hello beautiful people, my name is Shaneen - the creator of the Design Me Fabulous collection. I’m a mother to two beautiful children and I have the most amazing husband by my side. I’m very much a self proclaimed fashion designer. Finding the balance between all three is challenging but it’s so enjoyable! Even more so when it’s a challenge with everything that I love. My main goal is to one day have my designs seen world wide and to be rubbing shoulders with Jason Bolden. He is the ultimate vision of fashion! To see someone who worked so hard to get to where they are today is such a huge inspiration. I love to learn new things and believe that knowledge is key. The fashion designer element of me is my escape. An escape from the day to day but an escape I thrive on. My passions are fashion, helping people feel good and helping the planet. A lot of my designs are based on this. I aim for Zero waste designs, minimal machine sewing and the main one is making ladies feel amazing in what they wear. Comfort first ladies, am I right!?

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A very philosophical person who doesn’t take life too seriously, as I’m always up for meeting new people, laughing and enjoy life as much as I can. I instilled this in my children too. Let them express themselves (however loud they may get at times, haha) and be who they want to be and enjoy life. I’m quite the eccentric who likes to stand out from the crowd and walk my own catwalk with an array of unique style’s. Ever since I can remember, people have always said I’m the most crazy yet humble, sometimes shy and friendliest person they know. Being honest, sophisticated, confident, a people person (almost all the time), a good listener and having a love for humanity, people naturally gravitate towards me. My temperament is calm and collected but at the same time I love to get things done. Fashion Designer and motherhood may not go hand in hand but I’m extremely passionate about both and make it work. 

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I’ve always worked in Fashion for over 15 years. My college Diploma is in Fashion and clothing design. My wardrobe and draws are spilling over from my main hobby, Shopping!!!I just love and live fashion! I have this habit of dressing people in my mind. Just when walking by, I can pick out an outfit for them. My mum calls me the fashion police, haha. I insist on doing my husbands clothes shopping and he trusts me to dress him well but he’s never too keen on the prices haha... My parents and my grandparents have been my biggest supporters since day one of me telling them I wanted to be a fashion designer! My husband helped me on this venture in the last few months to help kick start my fashion career. Which I’m so thankful for. Now here I am today! My granddad would always say to me, always looking smart little lady, Family values mean everything to me!

Look good! Feel good! Be amazing!

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Kamila Koltun

"That was the best moment of my life"


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Model: @kamila.koltun_official

Hi, I'm Kamila, I'm 26 and I'm originally from Poland. I have started doing modelling a year ago. I've decided to take things in my own hands and started focusing on myself properly. Modelling was always my dream since I was little.
The biggest interest was a catwalk and how models walk through the runway in the designer clothes. Throughout the time in my life I didn't managed to do anything about it, I was always in a relationship and that was my main focus. Now that I have decided about my future, I put every effort to follow my dream and with every experience I am more excited about it. At the moment I'm doing modelling part time and have a full time job. My goal is to become fully independent, travel the world and just simply be happy!

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Why did you want to be part of this show?

One day I saw Elementz of Couture rehearsing for Summer Fashion Show 2019. The music, the vibe, the atmosphere and people. I've really enjoyed just standing and watching them all killing it on the runway and the music was good too! Once I've noticed couple of girls with similar height as mine (I'm 5''2) I wanted to be the part of it too! Not everywhere petite models are accepted either that is a photo-shoot or catwalk. Once I have noticed the opportunity, I came to Natalie Maragh and asked if I could be a part of it. She gave me her Facebook and send me an application form for the Winter Show. That was the best moment of my life as this is a chance for me to prove that models with all different sizes can do it too! 

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What was your favorite part of the show?

My favorite part is when I'm in my moment while walking through the runway. I love wearing heels, I feel like I'm myself. The music is on, the audience is clapping and cheering, priceless experience.

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