Every now and then a fashion event is held that cuts across age barriers and social boundaries. It will be supported and attended by a large and broad cross section of the community without the need for A-listers to attend. One such event was held in Adelaide yesterday that I had the good fortune to attend. It was the High Tea Fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Palliative Care Unit of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital at the Hilton Hotel.
The hotel ballroom happily expanded itself to squeeze in all 480 attendees. Anyone who waited to see who else was going before buying a ticket waited too long as all tickets were snaffled quickly. Many missed out. In only its second year, the event has grown so quickly that the organisers must already be looking for a bigger venue for next year.
Hosted by crowd favourite Jane Reilly, the event ran like clockwork. The highlight of the afternoon was the fashion parade, this year featuring stylish kaftans by Corina van Elsen of Kensington Road, Burnside.
What made the parade so much fun, was that the models were engaging – not your usual blank-eyed-stares by undersized women wearing impossibly small sizes. No, the models themselves came in a variety of sizes and ages, from pre-teen to silver hair with everyone looking wonderful in their chosen kaftan as they bopped along the runway to fab music by Adel. A second runway operated off the catwalk with the dozen or so members of the organising committee also modelling a range of very stylish kaftans as they attended to greeting, hosting, handing out raffle and silent auction prizes. There was a warmth about this High Tea that saw a coming together of stylish and engaging women of all ages for a very heartfelt cause. As I looked around the room, I couldn’t help thinking that it was full of the most fashionable women in Adelaide, made up of mothers, daughters and granddaughters. Oh, yes, and there were a few stylish gents in the room too, who looked like they thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the company of these gorgeous, real women looking their best.
As they collected their raffle prizes and lined up to pay for their silent auction items, many women said they were heading off to Corina van Elsen’s in the coming days to look for a stylish kaftan for the coming warm weather. And that is exactly the measure of a successful fashion parade. That and the more than $36,000 that was raised on the day.
Editors Note: Donations can also be made to The Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation
Post Script: A total of $36,339.94 was raised and presented to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation by the organising committee.