Monday was the much anticipated (at least by me) afternoon tea charity fundraiser for Save the Children at Premier House, where I gave a talk about the history of tea, and the way it has influenced fashion.
It was a fabulous day: the event completely sold out resulting in a sizeable donation for Save the Children, the sun shone brightly all morning, Premier House looked wonderful, and so did my models.
I wore Japonisme, the chintz pet made its ‘soft debut’, Julie debuted as a model in the Raspberry Swirl, Chiara looked beyond amazing in Ninon (as always), and I also debuted a new 1900s tea gown that I haven’t told you about yet. Lots of excitement!
With everything I do, there are so many people to acknowledge. Save the Children for having the event of course, my models for being gorgeous and supportive and keeping me calm and putting up with my running around like a crazy women during the dressing. Most of all, there are the people who contributed and supported in the run up.
You may notice there are two new items: the pet en l’aire, and a tea gown that you have heard barely a whisper about. For me, an event like this takes lots of crazy last-minute sewing. I sewed and sewed myself, threw a fabulous sew-in party where I asked all my friends to help me sew rather than giving me birthday gifts (great fun and best idea ever!), and got lots of help from wonderful friends including Madame O and Mrs C (among many, many others) in actually finishing things.
This time I was so close to the wire the the pet en l’aire arrived at the dressing room with no sleeves. Thanks to the models, it arrived at the event with sleeves – hand sewn ones no less!
And finally, there wouldn’t be all these fantastic photos if it weren’t for a dear friend who bought a ticket for the talk and offered to take them for me.
The people I know are truly wonderful and amazing.