Fashion show raises £775.35 for hospice

On the Catwalk at the J D'Cruz fashion show. Picture by Sam Bennett. NNL-150505-185024001
On the Catwalk at the J D'Cruz fashion show. Picture by Sam Bennett. NNL-150505-185024001

A glamorous fashion show featuring designer handbags and garments by Banbury fashion students has raised £775.35 for Katharine House Hospice.

Last week’s event, compered by Liam Nooney at the Mill, was organised by award-winning designer Jasmine D’Cruz in collabortion with Chloe Newton, a Nottingham fashion design student.

“The show was brought together to celebrate the first anniversary of my studio, J D’Cruz Bags, in Parsons Street, Banbury,” said Miss D’Cruz.

“Local businesses supported us. Dances were performed between each fashion walk by Joanne Mills School of Dance and 2 Fierce Dance Company.

“Chloe helped style the models and created videos used for the back drops during the fashion walks.

“Jess MacDonnell and Jordan Conlan, the directors of 2 Fierce Dance performed on the night and Jordan was also a male model,” she said.

“Guests enjoyed a champagne reception and beer, kindly donated by Hook Norton Brewery.”

Half of ticket sales was donated to the hospice with ten per cent of all handbag sales and proceeds from the raffle.

Hair and make up was sponsored by Kirsty and Jane of the Style Bar and The Penthouse. Many clothes were made by the students at Banbury and Bicester college whose second year students are working with J D’Cruz on a project for the brand’s 2016 collection for London Fashion Week in September.