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Fashion on the Wharf: Fashion’s big night out

Flagstaff Team

They say it takes a village… and Fashion on the Wharf proved this, with volunteers from the community prepping models or taking a turn on the runway themselves. The return of the popular charity show drew a large and glammed-up audience to size up smart local designs.

Runway to reality for TGS students

Tara Cutts, a TGS Year 11 student was excited to try modelling and harbours ambitions to do more. She liked the enhanced natural look for hair and make-up chosen to suit the wide range of those on the runway.

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Fashion at the Wharf is “just a nice thing to do for the community”, said show MC Pippa Wetzell, echoing the words of the many volunteers who turned the event into a fun evening to remember for a sell-out crowd.

The Devonport local and TVNZ presenter was only too happy to return to host the show, for a second time after it was cancelled last year due to Covid-19.

“Everyone is so ready to get out and socialise after all the lockdowns,” she told the Flagstaff, shortly before around 40 volunteer models, aged six to 70 plus, took their turns in the spotlight.

Behind the scenes another 30 helpers got them ready, with hair, make-up and styling to best set off the new season’s designs from 12 local retailers.

The crowd responded well to seeing real clothes on a range of real people. “Things like this make us more relevant,” said Toni Sills of Caroline Sills, one of the labels on show.

Clothing on parade ranged from comfortable casual wear to dressier designs. The Hospice Shop and Holy Trinity op shop showed pre-loved garments deserving of a second life.

The night raised more than $1600 for the Dress for Success charity. It also taught the audience a new fashion-forward expression, with Wetzell recounting that her 12-year-old daughter had sized up her Caroline Sills outfit of elevated track-style pants worn with heels and a drapey blouse as “that’s not bad, that ’fit.”

Business Improvement District Manager Shaulyn van Baaren said Devonport could be proud of the event. “And I’m excited to see what it will become in the years to come.”


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