By George Emine
Last Wednesday night's “Fashion For Relief” charity show, organised by renowned super model, Naomi Campbell was reminiscent of London's reputation as a home to cutting-edge, experimental new designers. And for Campbell, it was yet another opportunity to show to the world, and indeed, her numerous fans her charity and philanthropic streak.
The show was organised by the super model, singer, dancer and actress to raise money for The White Ribbon Alliance fund promoting safe childbirth, of which Sarah Brown, Briton's Prime Minister's wife, is patron. Held at London's Natural History Museum, it was a parade of leading lights in the industry along with other celebrities with the likes of Cilla Black, Tracey Emin and Vivienne Westwood also present modelling of clothes by the likes of Chanel and Christian Dior, which were later auctioned.
Cheryl Cole, wife of football star, Ashley Cole was one of the stars, who took turns on the runway, she was dressed in a Jean Paul Gautier dress, while her husband Ashley Cole and band mate Sarah Harding watched from the audience. Olympic gold medallists, Sarah Ayton and Rebecca Adlington used their moment in the spotlight to show off their medals. Ayton won gold in sailing in Beijing, while Adlington got two in the pool.
28-year old Estelle, known for her song, American Boy looked at ease on the catwalk in a full-length leopard skin number. But it was no surprise as she has just been nominated in five categories at November's UK Urban Music Awards. Recently, named British favourite female singer, Catherine Jenkins was at her obvious best. The soprano, who often sings the Welsh anthem at sporting events, was recently named Britain's favourite female classical singer. OC actress, Mischa Barton was also in the audience for the show. She has been in the papers after reportedly spending the evening with Hollywood actor, Josh Hartnett.
For Sugababes singer, Heidi Range however, it was tricky as she lost one of her heels on the catwalk, but luckily managed to recover. That was not the same for Ronan Keating, who strolled confidently down the runway as one of the few celebrity male models. Keating and his Boyzone band mates are about to release Love You Anyway, their first new single for the past nine years.
A more cartoonish take on spring/ summer characterised the House of Holland collection. The model, Agyness Deyn, a friend of the much-hyped designer Henry Holland, wore a black-and-white spotty lycra body and sheer silk, floral patterned jeans, while carrying a white handbag with giant white spots. Of course, any nod to the decade would be incomplete without a jumpsuit, a garment that has been doing its best to make a comeback and Jackson provided a persuasive argument in the form of a khaki all-in-one with fluted shoulders.
Another elegant jumpsuit came from Richard Nicoll, who showed a taupe version with a sash over one shoulder and a single asymmetric strap over the other. The boldest statement came from the pink pieces that opened the show. A long blazer, pale pink and fuschia T-shirt dress and a short silk dress in colour blocked shades of pink showed that Barbie's favourite colour can exude a clean, modern, pastel-free femininity. Other models of the night included rock daughters Kimberly Stewart, Lizzie Jagger and Mark Ronson's ex-girlfriend Daisy Lowe.
The atmosphere was a part MTV awards show, part Royal Variety Performance, as the audience abandoned the usual show protocol of critical impassivity in favour of cheering on the celebrity models. After all, it was for charity.