Sunday, November 30, 2008
I just got home from the Positively Glamorous fashion show slash party and I am sweating. And not just from the heat of being jam packed into a room with a bunch of over excited people. Preceding the show was a live performance art installation (pictured above), of a young couple body painted to create the AIDS Foundation's signature red ribbon. The canvas? Bodies. The medium? Paint on skin. The performance? Pashing. And based on the couple's giggling, a bit of hot and heavy flirtation thrown in there for good measure.
The charity fashion event, put on by Positive Women, was held to raise money for the forty odd kids living in New Zealand with AIDS or HIV related illnesses. Twenty of the country's biggest fashion names (including Zambesi, Kate Sylvester, Cybele, Jaeha, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Lonely Hearts, Ruby and Jimmy D) designed one off garments inspired by the AIDS Foundation's red ribbon. The money raised will fund tickets for the AIDS sufferers to attend Camp Goodtime in Australia.
Sadly my camera ran out of batteries halfway through the show, but I managed to snap a couple of shots. My favourites were the Kate Sylvester tutu, the Lonely Hearts dress, and special mention must be made of the performance of the Stolen Girlfriends Club model who flounced down the catwalk pushing a baby carriage. The standard of models was excellent for a charity event, with several of New Zealand's top young girls (and a couple of older ones) showing up on the catwalk. These included Olivia O'Driscoll, who put in a stellar appearance – which I didn't capture due to the camera malfunction.
Kate Sylvester and Zambesi's Liz and Neville Findlay
And Noelle McCarthy shone as the MC, proving that a little bad press needn't keep you down. I half expected her to make a cheeky reference to the events of the past couple of weeks, but none was made.
My only criticism of the event? The live art performance ended. Bring back the pashing!