In 2016, all of Elle Mambetov’s dreams were finally coming true. She was one of London Fashion Week’s fastest-rising stars and, after just two seasons in the limelight, her womenswear label—Elle B Zhou—was tipped as one to watch.
When three police officers turned up to arrest her that November, however, the dream turned into a nightmare.
At the time, Mambetov was coming off her most successful London Fashion Week showcase to date. She had secured sponsorships from Toni and Guy, Evian and a feature on Vogue. “That accomplishment was huge,” she says. “It was so far from my first London Fashion Week catwalk showcase, where I did a deal with a former dragon from Dragon’s Den [the UK equivalent of Shark Tank], only to be