Don’t Walk Charity Fashion Show 2017, proved to be a feast of fashion. The Cambo Estate established a fitting backdrop, while the committee designed an aesthetically pleasing and visually engaging marquee. From attendee fashions to the fashion show’s marketing theme, black and white prevailed with minimal pops of colour. Most attendees selected less conservative and more adventurous wears for the evening; lace, cut-outs, deep necklines, and backless varieties were popular. Gentlemen of the evening varied from very formal, to far more causal and even whimsical.
The opening ensembles embraced earth tones, including variations of salmon and mint; the minimalist wears were fashions of Away to Mars, an online clothing community utilising co-design and crowd-funding. Featuring bold, vivid designs in an array of patterns, models next wore the works of Dreamland, a brand commenced by twenty-five year old Dundee native, Ruby Coyne. The most unique garments of this brand included, matching cropped sets and high waisted briefs paired with a bright teal suede shag jacket. Next, the models sported winter white and burnt orange fashions of Marta M. Soldevilla, the mastermind behind Sol Dela Villa, Barcelona. The show briefly transitioned toward a more casual approach, with the works of Wythe Bea and Alma de Ace, London; this portion presented casual wear, such as simple tops and jumpers. Models then embraced the ‘Royal Warrior’ collection of Miko Spinelli, thusly introducing a more intricate and seemingly high fashion alternative. As featured in Vogue last February, M. Martin, a label constructed around the notion of “hostess pyjamas,” brought wears reminiscent of decades past in innocent hues of cream and white. The juxtaposition or black and white brought street style of KEVIN LALUNE. Major label, L.K. Bennett presented very feminine ensembles and great detail, including ‘Roselle Dark Pink Suede Glitter Court Shoes.’ All white masterpieces of Morta Nakaite, exuded a duvet-like “feeling of softness and transparency”, the collection, including theatrical oversized hats, can be described as undeniably experimental, sensitive, and pure.
The second act introduced the lingerie portion; pieces by Taryn Winters commenced this sultry scene. The designer produced the usual suspects, included bodysuits and matching sets, however, a sheer net gown was exceptional. In continuation, the stylists paired Lysa Lash furs with suitable lingerie to present a striking ensemble. True & Co. also provided daring pieces. Male models sported boxers and flamboyant dress shirts from Beaufort & Blake, London; their effervescent attitude illuminated the atmosphere. The dashing male models then proceeded to sport PKOK, ‘chino jogger’ in display of pastel. Likewise, the female models wore fabulous printed leggings, complements merely with a black bandeau, from BONVIRAGE. Chinasa Chukwu, designer behind London-based women’s wear Weruzo, presented unique textures and colour blocking; the most notable design was an emerald green pant and blouse combination. Reintroducing lingerie, models strode in the Portuguese brand, Ciso, featuring particularly intriguing and strappy combinations. Lascivious: inclined to lustfulness, certainly withheld its objectives. Fresh from London Fashion week, Ester Kubisz brought a masculine touch on the multi-gender collection. The label focuses on deconstruction and reinvention of a conventional male wardrobe. The final garments were of HK Beachwear, including basic colours and trendy styles; the last ensemble was a floral feature. Though not doubt difficult to assemble, and incredibly striking, a male counterpart would have been welcomed, as the sole model seemed almost out of place. Overall, the evening was a spectacular display of fashion, appealing to all the senses. In a sea of surprising stylistic monotony, Don’t Walk Charity Fashion Show 2017 was a fashionable success.