Over the weekend I had the opportunity to go to another local fashion show in downtown Portsmouth. This show helped raise money that goes to actual cancer patients, and it was also a silent auction for guests. I thought this was a great idea, so bought two tickets, one for me and one for my mom. I knew that the actual show would start around 3 pm but doors opened at 2 pm. My mom and I made it right on time to view the models and walks.
This show featured clothing lines from local boutiques around downtown Portsmouth. There were eight boutiques featured, Bella Intimates, Club Boutique & City Shoes, Daisy Jane’s, J. Hilburn, Lizology, LunaChics, Pretty Little Thing, and SolSistar. I loved the idea of being able to see upcoming fashion trends from local New England shops because it is vastly different than what will be happening on the West Coast.
That being said, there were a few things I did not like about this event. This is always the hardest part of giving a review; you never know how someone is going to take it, and you know they spent months organizing this local event.
The very first thing was parking. It was horrible! The first parking lot was full, and all the nearby spaces were as well. Now, this isn’t the hotel’s fault, anywhere in downtown Portsmouth has horrible parking. Since I lost my brain getting dressed for this event, both my mom and I wore high heels that were hard to walk uphill in, by the time we got into the doors, our feet hurt, and we were freezing.
The very first thing you see when you walk in, is the small silent auction. There was a long table with lists of what was being auctioned and small clipboards underneath where you can write your name and your bid. At the end of the runway show there was a board with the winners where they could check out their prizes. I thought a silent auction was a good idea, but I imagined it going a little different, I was hoping to bid on the actual clothes as we were watching the models.
I loved that this show used models who either have breast cancer, has survived from having breast cancer or was walking for someone they know who has breast cancer. I think this was a great way to get the community involved and make ladies feel beautiful. However, I did not like 65% of the clothing. No that’s wrong wording, I did not like the way it was styled. My west coast kicked in, and I judged every little detail. In my opinion, the models were fun, but their outfits were simple and boring.
You can own the best brands and the best clothes, but if it is not styled right, there is no point in putting it on. Fashion is bold; it needs to make a statement. The purpose of this show was to raise money and awareness, how can you build awareness with something so bland? Fashion and style, tells a story, it shows us your struggles and what you’ve been through. It is an art, I needed these outfits to scream “I AM A SURVIVOR, HERE I AM, ALIVE.” Bold colors, bling, accessories, something that yelled at the audience. The models had it down; they rocked it. The outfits needed help.
One thing I do have to mention is, getting a good picture was incredibly hard at this show. The cameraman was in every single shot no matter where I moved he was always in front of me! I felt like I was battling someone with a camera. I took 500 pictures at this event and deleted 472 all of the cameramen.
The last thing I noticed was the hostess of the show, was…drinking? I don’t know if it was alcohol or water? Not sure. I do know, at one point she started singing the song in the background and introduced one of the directors of the show as a producer? Or Vice Versa and the lady called her out on it. I think it is 100% okay to drink water, I mean as a host you’re talking forever. But it is not okay to introduce one of the leading people wrong!
Overall, I liked the cause; I loved the models, I think next year they need to go bigger and better than ever before with the styling. If you’re around New England I would recommend this event, I love supporting our locals, I like supporting local shops, and I think it’s an entertaining way to get to know the neighborhood better.