Kent Charity Catwalk for Macmillan Cancer Support

Posted by on Monday, 20 September 2010

So after months of organizing the catwalk the day finally arrived!
There were a few glitches - a designer dropped out the day before and a few of the models dropped out to illness and an accident on the motor-way which prevented them to get there in time. 
Thankfully we managed to find a couple last minute stand ins - Paris Kelly and Julie Anderson who did a fantastic job and luckily nobody in the audience could tell.
We were so lucky to have such an amazing group on board to help out, there were 3 make up artists: Lily-Mae Smith, Hannah Tipping and Amelia Hudson and some very talented hair stylists: Tina Cozens and her team from Blond-E hair and beauty salon in the Meads.
Uk paper Leisure Club very kindly let us use their hall and were extremely helpful, setting out the chairs and even letting us use their red carpet for the model to walk down.
The host Rosie Harris was great warming the audience up and introducing the designers.

The first designer of the evening to showcase her work was Leeanne Ripley- winner of the Radical designer award 2010. Leeanne graduated after studying Fashion Design at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester, Kent. Previously to this she studied at North West Kent college for two years gaining a BTEC National Diploma in Fashion Design.

Next up was the beautiful creation of Stuart Mcmillan. This collection was based on the deconstruction of traditionally tailored clothes; Exposing the beautiful work of the ‘Tailor’. Using tailoring materials such as Melton, Horsehair canvas and Camel hair canvas the form is molded to the body and encased in a transparent layer of chiffon. Draped Georgette softens the exacting tailored shoulders as jacket detailing takes influences from traditional men’s dress. Stuart McMillan works as a womenswear designer in Italy and also as a fashion Lecturer in London. The host Rosie Harris also wore one of Stuarts dresses on the night.

I was the third designer to show. I have been working on a new collection based on the british county side. The pieces are made using a floral printed cotton, red satin and green velvet. These pics are of some of the nightwear pieces from the new collection, i will have some better pics coming soon to show you.

Susannah Henleys designs were next on the runway. Susannah graduated in 2008 with a BA(Hons) Fashion Design from UCA Rochester, Susannah has spent a year researching, business planning and a few months internship at Emilio De La Morena. How garments fit and how they make you feel are extremely important to Susannah, therefore comfortable elegance is key. Also encorporating soft tailoring in outerwear and trousers complements the look. Susannah designs her own digitally printed fabric which adds to the uniqueness of her collections. 

To close the catwalk was Megann'e Murrins creations. Her collection is called Alien Armour and im sure you can see why this name might have been chosen. Neoprene and Leather have been used for most of the collection and feathers have been added for that dromatic feel and to create show pieces as well as wearable pieces.

After the catwalk was over Rosie announced the winners of the silent auction.
One woman bid over £100 for a pair of irregular choice shoes donated by Marina and the Diamonds, and the item which raised the most amount of money was a pair of Ophelia Fancy Knickers which reached an incredible £200!

In total we managed to raise and amazing £1332.20 for Macmillan Cancer Support and the evening was a success, i will definitely be making this an annual event and will aim on making it a bigger and better event each year.

Massive thank you to everyone who helped out- Kelly May- who helped organize the event,  the beautiful models, hair stylists and makeup artists, uk paper, the djs - p&m roadshow, photographers & everyone who donated prizes for the raffle and silent auction as-well as everyone who attended.

The designers & host at the end of the show

Megann'e, Leeanne, Host Rosie Harris wearing a dress by Stuart Mcmillan, Susannah, Myself & Stuart


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