Sonia Malpas says the kindness of Nelson retailers has made her proud to be a Nelsonian. A member of Nelson College for Girls' PTA, Malpas coordinated garments from eight stores to be showcased at the school's annual Spring Fling fashion show on Saturday night. She said local designer V Designs and Profile got the biggest reaction from the crowd.
"Their clothes were exceptional but in saying that, all the stores were so great," Malpas said. "I was blown away by the generosity of people in this town." Around 245 people attended the show, which is expected to clear $10,000 for the school.
Fifteen staff, both male and female, and 15 students aged 15 to 18, took part in the event as models. Two student models had been drafted from Nelson College. Malpas said the male models got the biggest cheers.
The Nelson Mail September 2014 http://www.stuff.co.nz/10446088/Retailers-get-in-the-fling
The second the year the event has been running and Profile has supported the School. What an awesome event with 7 stores showing new seasons Fashion. We were rapt to be a part of such a fun night. Spring Fashion Fling see our facebook page for more photos.
Profile was showing the latest Seasons looks for Cocktail - Party - Ball - Bridal + Races all were modelled at the Nelson College for Girls by both teachers and students. A Great job was done by all and $10,000 was raised for new school equipment.
NZ ART OF DISPLAY: Profile Boutique owner Vanessa Griffin with one of the displays that won her the Art in Windows 2013 prize.
Profile Boutique has won Nelson's Art in Windows 2013 with displays of artworks by Marilyn Andrews and Paula Fitzgerald.
Arts Council manager Lloyd Harwood said it was great to see the arts community working alongside Nelson's retailers to turn windows into a visual showcase and it was a fantastic addition to the Nelson Arts Festival.
The judges said Profile owner Vanessa Griffin had thought carefully about the products to showcase in her Hardy St store alongside the art and had created two visually stunning windows.
Second place went to Bernina Sewing Centre in Bridge St with an installation by Ronnie Martin, and Cubicle in Nile St West was third with a lighting installation by Kim Brice and Gap. Profile and Bernina each win $1000 of advertising thanks to the Nelson Mail and The Radio Network. Cubicle wins a $250 morning tea shout thanks to NBS.