Pink ladies bring colour to the park

It wasn’t Milan darlink, but Saturday’s Pink Ladies Fashion show was probably all the more enjoyable for that.

Fashion matrons, yummy mummies and those who wouldn’t know a pashmina from peddle pushers turned out to support the fundraiser.

Staged at South Sound Dart Park’s shady courtyard and grand sounding visitors’ centre, the event oozed panache.

Far from an army of sulky, rail thin clothes horses, the five models, who graced the catwalk, were upbeat and, well, healthy looking.

‘We were looking for everyday women. The kind who wear our clothing,’ said Karen Marshall owner of Off the Peg clothing store.

‘We don’t usually do that many fashion shows as they take a lot of organising. But we put the clothes together for last year’s show and were asked by the co-ordinator to provide the clothes and accessories for this year’s event,’ she added.

The afternoon show featured 16 outfits from the Eastern Avenue store. The event attracted around 100 visitors, who sampled tea and nibbled home baked cakes and pastries before the 30-minute show.

The event was compered by the incomparable Vicki Wheaton.

La Wheaton, a veritable force of nature in these here parts, was in fine form.

She kept the show fun with her trademark rapid fire ad libs supported, it has to be said, by brilliantly crafted commentary written by those fashion doyennes at Off the Peg. For instance, a monotone Jackie O inspired skirt was described as being: ‘flattering calf length (and) great for those ladies sporting ‘mid life’ knees.

The sound system donated free of charge by MTM sound equipment was managed by Alastair Bird. The visiting Mechanical Engineering student from Glasgow University kept the mood bouncy with his own infectious mix, which included: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, I’m Too Sexy and Material Girl.

As well as enjoying the fashion show, attendees stocked up on Easter craft items (Easter baskets, cards and bunnies) courtesy of the Pink Ladies craft committee.

Pink Ladies Director Jane Bird, said although the numbers weren’t as high as they’d hoped, the show had nevertheless been a success.

‘A lot of hard work goes into organising this type of event and we’ve had some super feedback,’ she said.

‘We are delighted that everyone had a good time. We are hoping that they’ll continue to support us and bring their family and friends to our Annual Bazaar this November.’

The fashion show and tea raised close to $3,000. The funds, according to the voluntary corp’s Secretary, Judy Massie, will be split between George Town Hospital and The Pines Retirement Home.

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