Victory en Vogue: Fine & Country’s charity fashion show

Victory en Vogue: Fine & Country’s charity fashion show

On Sunday 16th September, guests gathered for an afternoon of delicious food, covetable designs and a runway show to remember. 

Fine & Country Leamington Spa and Stratford-Upon-Avon teamed up to organise a fashion show with a charitable twist to support local homeless charity, Helping Hands Community Project. 

Mallory Court’s Knights Suite hosted more than 80 guests in our largest fashion show to date. Guests were greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and wandered the exhibitor tables for exclusive brands, stunning jewellery and pre-loved clothing.

At one o’clock, everyone took their seats for lunch; delicious roast chicken. Food quickly disappeared from plates and guests tucked into their Eton mess with seasonal berries as the fashion show commenced around them. 

Models wore a range of winter clothing from the Captain Tortue collections. The interactive fashion show, with its unique catwalk running between the tables, was a huge hit for guests who received a 360 degree view of the clothing, with opportunities to feel the fabrics while enjoying their dessert at the same time. 

The models carried in age, style and body shapes to suit all tastes in the room. Cathy Halsall, Sales Consultant for Captain Tortue Clothing, gave commentary of the ladies and the clothing styles as the models strutted past the tables. 

After the fashion show, Lianne Kirkman, CEO of Helping Hands Community Project, gave a powerful and emotional speech to explain the work of the charity and some of her favourite stories. Among the attendees were some of the people that Helping Hands have helped.

Georgie’s story
When Georgie was just 13 years old she fell in with a bad crowd and sadly became addicted to heroin. She continued in school and took her GCSE exams while high. When she eventually found her way to Helping Hands she was frail, malnourished and suffering with her addiction. Through the support of Helping Hands, they offered Georgie “a hand up, not a hand-out”. Helping Hand’s motto has never been more poignant. 

The team of volunteers and support workers convinced Georgie to go to rehab. After a difficult three months, Georgie returned clean from drugs. She continued to receive support from Helping Hands and soon met Chris. 

Many of the people from the fashion show recognised Chris from Leamington Spa train station where he used to sleep. Helping Hands helped Chris to get back on his feet, learn new skills and hold down a job. 

We are delighted to announce that the pair are engaged and things are looking up for them. Congratulations Georgie and Chris!

The final portion of the day was the raffle prize draw. The incredible range of prices included: Chanel goodie bags, hampers, beauty products, a stunning painting and much more. Thank you to everyone who bought tickets, we hope you enjoy your prizes!

For more information about our charity events, or to organise your own for a homeless cause of your choice, please contact or call +44(0) 20 3368 8221.


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18th Sep 2018

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