Article Oct 08, 2018

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Nicholas Kirkwood: 'Rose McGowan embodies power'

Nicholas Kirkwood has explained why he chose #MeToo activist Rose McGowan to walk in his debut London Fashion Week show.

Rose was among the models showing off the footwear designer's latest collection in the British capital last month (Sep18), with Nicholas opting for a politically-charged runway which also featured model Winnie Harlow and cyber-hacker CyFi.

"A very important inspiration behind the collection was powerful women, women with personality and drive who stand up for self-expression and what they believe in," he told The Sunday Times Magazine. "If there's one person who has definitely stood up for herself and made herself heard, it's Rose."

Rose opened the London showcase walking barefoot, holding a pair of boots from the German-born designer's spring/summer 2019 line high above her head as she made her way down the catwalk.

"We are a lot further along than where we were, but we are still on a razor's edge. We have to start a new conversation," she told The Guardian after the show. "It's been a long haul. I'm really gratified that people are questioning what is acceptable, but it's been a hell of a year."

Since rape and sexual harassment allegations about Harvey Weinstein surfaced, including from Rose herself, the 45-year-old actress has become one of the key advocates of the #MeToo movement.

But on Sunday (07Oct18), the Scream star had to clarify comments she made to The Sunday Times, where she seemingly called the movement "bulls**t" and "a lie".

"I never said #MeToo is a lie. Ever," she fumed on Twitter. "I was talking about Hollywood and Time's Up, not #MeToo. Ugh. I'm so tired of erroneous s**tstorms. #MeToo is about survivors and their experiences, that cannot be taken away."