Southsea struts its stuff at fashion week

COLOURS One of the bright designs. 'Picture: Sarah Standing (122833-3715)
COLOURS One of the bright designs. 'Picture: Sarah Standing (122833-3715)
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PORTSMOUTH has joined the ranks of London, Paris and Milan with its own fashion week.

Portsmouth Cathedral played host to a congregation of a different kind than the usual when it hosted the first show of the inaugural Southsea Fashion Week on Friday night.

CATWALK Local models and professionals from Heartland Model Agency in London, which supplied models for free. Picture: Sarah Standing (122833-3762)

CATWALK Local models and professionals from Heartland Model Agency in London, which supplied models for free. Picture: Sarah Standing (122833-3762)

Models strutted their stuff for the ready to wear show, and for displays highlighting demi couture, haute couture and the avant garde.

More than 30 designers from across the south of England took part in the event, including Carlotta Actis Barone, Dumpster Couture, MIMI.C and Sef Farrugia.

Chris Boothby, one of the organisers said: ‘It’s been such an uphill struggle to put this on, and it’s been such a success, the turnout has been better than expected.

‘The creative director Briar-Rose Kelleher has done an incredible job, and everyone who’s been involved has been a volunteer.

‘The models and the clothes have been brilliant.

‘This year, there was a lot we wanted to do, and we’ve had a lot of help – Highbury College, Heartlands Models, Iris Hair, have all given us so much.’