STRATFORD SHOPS STRUT THEIR STUFF FOR THE HOSPICE
Stratford shops have taken to the catwalk in aid of The Shakespeare Hospice. More than 20 local retailers took part in the Stratford Fashion Show at Stratford Artshouse and raised over £4,500 for the charity.
The sell-out event – hosted by Stratforward BID and compered by TV fashion guru John Scott – used more than 70 local amateur models to showcase clothes and accessories from national names including M&S, Debenhams and BHS as well as loads of local independent favourites such as Domino, New Idle, VH & Co and Gemini.
Event organiser, Tor Wilkes from Stratforward, said: "It really was an incredible night for all involved. The stage rocked all evening as many of Stratford's leading retailers wowed the audience with their season favourites.
"The entertaining evening and marvellous monies raised were testament to the incredible generosity of the local models, shops, stylists and audience."
Clothes from the hospice's own shop in town and from Stratford's Cancer Research shop were given the catwalk treatment to prove fashion can be done on a budget. Some of the other models had taken matters into their own hands and took to the stage in clothes they had made from local sewing emporium Sew Me Something’s sewing patterns and workshops.
Hair and make-up were provided by an army of volunteers – headed by a celebrity hair stylist team from Matthew Curtis. Beauty salon Gorgeous Obsession used the show to officially launch their competition to find the Face of Stratford 2016 and show their dramatic new makeup range.
The finale saw local brides reliving their wedding days by donning the wedding gowns they had bought from local bridal shop Shakespeare in Love. Their hair was styled by ENV Salon.
For one bride, who tied the knot in December, her involvement in the show was particularly poignant – Lisa Lamb, from Shottery, is a complementary therapist at The Shakespeare Hospice.
“I’ve been working there for just over two years and it’s an absolute privilege,” she explained. "It was great to be on the catwalk but totally full-on and really intense. My heart was skipping beats and then trying to catch up again. But with the amazing amount of money we made it was truly worth it.”
The Shakespeare Hospice supports every adult and young person in this community with a life-limiting illness, together with those who matter to them. They care for 900 people every year at a cost of £2m and most of this is funded by donations from the community.
The businesses involved in Stratford Fashion Show were: Aspire Style, BHS, Cancer Research, Debenhams, Domino, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, El Greco, ENV Salon, For Something Different, Gemini, Gorgeous Obsession, Hotter Shoes, Jigsaw, Looking Glass Aesthetics, M&S, Matthew Curtis Hair Design, New Idle, Nuha, Rohan, Sew Me Something, Shabby Chic Sister, Shakespeare In Love, Shiptons, VH & Co, The Shakespeare Hospice Shop and The Stratford Clinic