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War Cry comments on fashion

A person should not be judged or try to gain their worth from their outward appearance or possessions

DESIGNERS, models, retailers and fashion journalists have descended on the UK capital for London Fashion Week, which runs until Tuesday (20 February).

The trade event will feature the work of designers such as Jasper Conran, Christopher Kane and Markus Lupfer and gives clues about the looks for next autumn/winter. In this week’s issue of The War Cry we feature an interview with model Kelly-Jade Williams, who explains how her Christian faith has helped her in a world where people’s self-esteem can be hit hard by expectations that they should conform to a specific look.

Pressure to conform is also experienced by people outside the fashion industry. Last week The War Cry reported on comments made by the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Rev Stephen Cottrell, that schools should teach pupils to look beyond the way they appear and the clothes they wear.

Describing schools as places where children can be taught about the ‘fullness of life’, he said: ‘The world is always saying to us if you just buy that designer-label pair of jeans, or if you wore that expensive perfume, or if you drove a fast car, or if you got that cosmetic surgery, then you would be happy, then you would be fulfilled. But none of it works.’

He is right. While there is nothing wrong with wearing designer clothes, driving nice cars or wanting to look our best, a person should not be judged or try to gain their worth from their outward appearance or possessions.

And that’s not just a message that schoolchildren need to hear. Regardless of age, appearance, possessions or clothes, everyone is of worth and value. It may not be fashionable to say so, but instead of slavishly following the latest trend, everyone should look to be the very best unique person they can be.

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