Strictly Fashion For The Brave – Julien MacDonald Designs Dress For Abbey Clancy By The Luxury Channel
29th October 2013
At the annual Fashion For The Brave Gala, the highlight on the catwalk is always the stunning finale dress. Every year, a celebrated designer creates a spectacular one-off piece for a model personality to make a star turn on the catwalk for this noble cause.
In previous years, Vivienne Westwood and Jasper Conran have produced amazing dresses, and fashionistas were not disappointed to hear that this year, Strictly Come Dancing star and British fashion designer Julian McDonald was set to stun with a bespoke, patriotic evening gown with a twist. The striking creation was worn by model (and Julien’s co-competitor on Strictly), Abbey Clancy.
The clean-cut dress captured a modern bodycon style in the iconic British colours of blue, white and red. There is no question that this dress made a statement – tiny Union Jacks created a sparkling, iridescent pattern with nude sheer panelling at the sides to create a barely-there, fantasy illusion dress, accessorised with a red glove by Sheeva. The look was finished off with a glossy, polished hair style, courtesy of Knightbridge-based hairdresser Paul Edmonds.
The eagerly-awaited event took place on 8th November at none other than The Dorchester Hotel in London, in support of Household Cavalry Foundation and Soldiering On. Host of the evening Sir John Standing said, “I am so excited to be involved with such a fantastic cause. Having done my national service as a soldier in Germany, I partially understand the horrors that today’s soldiers are going through. Fashion For The Brave is the worthiest of causes, and we hope to raise vast sums of money for the most deserving charity, The Household Cavalry Foundation.”
HRH Princess Beatrice was the Royal patron of the glitzy Gala, and the fashion show itself was organised by Hilary Alexander OBE and Lesley Goring. The show was preceded by an auction of various items, after which of course, came the now customary unveiling of the dress. Our film here.