Designer Camilla Franks finally addresses Australian Fashion Week controversy

Designer Camilla Franks finally addresses Australian Fashion Week controversy
Designer Camilla Franks finally addresses Australian Fashion Week controversy

Camilla Franks faced a backlash after wheelchair-bound models struggled to get down the runway during an 'inclusive' presentation at Australian Fashion Week in June. 

Franks took the brunt of the criticism over the Future of Fashion showcase, which also featured clothing from Pip Edward's label P.E Nation and 16 other designers.

The 45-year-old raced onto the runaway when she saw her model, Lisa Cox, get stuck, unable to move her wheelchair, and pushed her through. 

Backlash: Camilla Franks (pictured) faced a backlash after wheelchair models struggled to get down the runway during an 'inclusive' presentation at Australian Fashion Week in June.  But the whole debacle should never have happened, Camilla now admits

Backlash: Camilla Franks (pictured) faced a backlash after wheelchair models struggled to get down the runway during an 'inclusive' presentation at Australian Fashion Week in June.  But the whole debacle should never have happened, Camilla now admits

But the whole debacle should never have happened, Camilla now admits. 

'When the hiccup happened, my heart sank,' the kaftan queen told Stellar Magazine on Saturday. 

'I looked at Lisa and just jumped on that runway. There was a real sense of inner strength between us, and we felt like two squealing children up there together.'

Help needed: The 45-year-old raced onto the runaway when she saw her model, Lisa Cox (pictured), get stuck, unable to move her wheelchair, and pushed her through

 Help needed: The 45-year-old raced onto the runaway when she saw her model, Lisa Cox (pictured), get stuck, unable to move her wheelchair, and pushed her through 

'When the hiccup happened, my heart sank,' the kaftan queen said on Saturday. 'I looked at Lisa and just jumped on that runway. There was a real sense of inner strength between us, and we felt like two squealing children up there together.' Lisa is pictured in Stellar Magazine

'When the hiccup happened, my heart sank,' the kaftan queen said on Saturday. 'I looked at Lisa and just jumped on that runway. There was a real sense of inner strength between us, and we felt like two squealing children up there together.' Lisa is pictured in Stellar Magazine

'Of course, it was a shame that it happened – it was not okay that the runway was not accessible,' she added. 

Camilla went on: 'IMG Focus and Fashion Week stuffed up; they acknowledged it and there have been a lot of learnings.'

She went on to say her 'gooey heart' was hurt but the backlash and model Lisa, 'held her hand through it all' and

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