Friday, 20 October 2017

Video: Charity fashion show raises £3k

A CHARITY fashion show raised about £3,000 for the Riverside counselling service in Henley.

A CHARITY fashion show raised about £3,000 for the Riverside counselling service in Henley.

Click here to watch our video report of the fashion show.

Eight retailers donated clothes and provided models for the event, which was held at the Quince Tree in Stonor on Tuesday night.

They included Laurence Menswear and Lix Felix Millinery, both of Henley, and fashion label Eden Row, run by Michelle Kneafsey of Caversham and former Henley designer Anjelica Poole. The event was compered by former Olympic skier Graham Bell, who lives in New Street, Henley, and included a half-time performance by Michael Bublé tribute act Miguel Olivares-Alvarez.

Both male and female models paraded up and down the catwalk in front of 120 guests while wearing a selection of summer and winter clothes.

The more unusual items included snow and ski gear as well as golfing attire and raincoats. Several business owners took part including Miss Kneafsey and Laurence Morris, of Laurence Menswear, who stepped out in a tuxedo to the sound of the James Bond theme tune.

All 35 models walked out at the end carrying balloons bearing Riverside?s logo. Afterwards, the retailers were selling clothes and giving a share of the proceeds to the charity.

Co-organiser Emma Lerche-Thomsen, who is a fund-raiser for Riverside, said: ?Everyone had a great time. There was a really warm, relaxed and supportive atmosphere ? the models weren?t professionals but they really enjoyed it. It was a fabulous event that ran smoothly thanks to all the help we received.?

Other supporters included Frost Borneo Optometrists and gift shop Boatique, of Henley, golf coach Mark Howell of Henley Golf Club, Henley stylist Jo Haley and Caversham hairdresser Indigo Rye.

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