Le’Mode Fashion Parade @ LaTrobe University
As we shuffled into the Odeon hall at La Trobe University and (those of us who weren’t designated driver) accepted our drink on arrival, we sat our bums down in the front row.
(And we graciously accepted the finger food continuously being served by about 11 girls) The night kicked off with a touching video featuring the family of young cancer victim Morgyn. Following were runway shows from the likes of One Teaspoon, Tigermist Eltham, Jax&Gunn, Very Very, Sumi Doncaster and redbox 7.
The night was hosted by Disney Channels beautiful Alicia Banit ( also Summer Heights High, Dance Academy and Neighbours…to name a few) and close friend of Dani, who gladly gave up her time for such a great cause.
Amongst our favourites were the inspired collection from Jax&Gunn, the variety of brands from the beautiful girls at Tigermist and the funky gym/exercise wear by redbox 7.
We also fell in love with young model Montana Cox. She has the looonggessst legs ever. This naturally stunning young lady is a mini Mirander Kerr in the making, she was our favourite talent of the night and we will be keeping a close eye on her to see if she continues modelling in the future.
The evening also included a few surprises – the crowd was amazed by the belly dancing group who showcased their talent and managed to get a few lucky people in the crowd up and dancing. The silent auction included items such as a $500 One Teaspoon voucher and signed football memorabilia. Raffle prizes included a holiday for two to Sydney, a $100 JB HI FI voucher, Belly Dancing classes (which were won by event host Todd Cresp’s Gandmother, possibly the highlight of the evening) movie passes and homewear.
Event host Todd Cresp was one of the many behind the magic on the night, and was in charge of marketing, staging and entertainment as part of a university assignment to successfully run fund and market an event. And successful they were, raising over $7,500 throughout the night, exceeding their expected
profit of $5000.
I spoke to Todd after the event and he was stoked with the responses and feedback received about the show. What struck me about Todd was the fact that despite not being immediately affected by cancer, he is still extremely supportive of the charity, with a passion that resembles somebody who has been exposed to the disease personally.
Two of my friends mums have suffered and recovered from breast cancer. Without the personal connection it was still easy for me to warm to the charity and the cause just by looking at the statistics – one in two will be diagnosed with a form of cancer by age 85.
Huge kudos to you Todd, and to the rest of the team for organising such a great show, for such an important charity. Check out some of the looks (on the gorgeous models) presented at the show: