Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show 2013

It’s is fair to say that Breast Cancer Care have once again managed to host an incredible Fashion Show in London.  As usual there was laughter and tears.  Once again we are reminded that cancer can have a much bigger effect on life than treatment itself.  The fashion show models were, as always, ladies and gentlemen who had themselves been diagnosed with breast cancer and representing the many 1,000s of others.  Some a little nervous, others relishing the opportunity and sashaying with the best of them!  They strutted their stuff down the catwalk looking absolutely incredible.

I was invited to attend this afternoon as a guest of Breast Cancer Care as Issy’s +1.  Kelly was also able to join us so the ‘Three tits on tour‘ were back in town!  Both Kelly and Issy were models last year, as were a couple of the other ladies at our table.

IMG_4081I love the whole afternoon.  We had a very warm welcome with a glass of bubbly and then made our way to the Grand Ballroom.  It looked stunning.  All glitzy and glamorous (as did the guests!).  Opening the show with an act, the Dixie Dinahs.  Followed by a short and emotional welcome from Jane Hinnrichs, Chair of the Board of Trustees to tell us about Breast Cancer Care, their work and also about their new branding.

1045190_10151842512420306_978083735_aPersonally, I’m a huge fan of this new orange and pink.  I think it will stand out from the ‘pink melee’ and, for those of us who feel breast cancer is not pink and fluffy, I believe it to be a stronger message with these bold colours.  Well done Breast Cancer Care.

Our afternoon tea was plentiful with lots of delicious sandwiches, teas and cakes.  Ooh a happy place to be!

Edith Bowman gave a short speech about why she supports Breast Cancer Care before introducing us to the inspirational models for the day.

The models clearly had quite a task to change for the many themes and managed to look incredible in every one.  As always the chaps did a sterling job and my heart always goes out to them as their journey must also have been tough being diagnosed with breast cancer in a world of pink.  We loved the bright fashions for the first set (surprised not to see Mike Myers show us his moves on the runway).  The fifties set was also fabulous – loved the frocks by Candy Anthony.

1We were then treated to ‘Winners’ Enclosure’ and ‘Cocktail Hour’.  Finishing the fashion show with ‘Gold!’.

Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show 2013

After the fashion show had concluded we were introduced to Breast Cancer Care’s new campaign about body confidence.  It’s an issue that affects so many people following surgery of any type.  Living with scars, one or no breasts, mis-shapen or ‘damaged’ bodies can be devastating to many people and have a huge impact on their lives, relationship and outlook.  Learning to accept your ‘new’ body can be, for some, bigger than the diagnosis.  The new campaign aims to show others how some people have dealt with their new body image.  Bring about a discussion and for some, allow them to open up and discuss what they see under their clothes.  Issy was one of the models and you may have seen her image on buses, posters and in magazines.

Do take a minute to look at the video here

IMG_4091images-7The afternoon finished with an auction.  Then the results of the raffle – I won a prize!   A hamper full of chocolate and flowers (to be ordered) from celebrity florist Simon Lycett.  What more does this girl need?

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