Style fans raise storm for gifts

Last updated 13:00 13/12/2013

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A fashion show by young creatives has highlighted some of Nelson's new talent.

Tickets sold out to The Cat's Table, a fundraising fashion show for the Salvation Army at Nelson cafe Deville.

Nelson fashion boutique Trouble & Fox and Sidecar, along with artisan handbag maker Kohl & Cochineal, collaborated with other young creatives to put on last night's show.

The evening opened with a selection of Kohl & Cochineal's luxury leather handbags. The bags are sold around the country, but are hand cut and made in Nelson.

It was was followed by a selection of men's and women's clothes from Trouble & Fox and Sidecar. Up-and-coming Nelson-based designer Julian Danger also showed a selection of her designs.

Liberty Greig, of Trouble & Fox, said for a small city Nelson was home to a lot of gifted young people in the fashion and creative industries. This included fashion designers, stylists, photographers, artists and models.

Ms Greig said she was pleased with how it went, especially as it was the group's first effort.

She expected they would build on that experience and put on other events in the future.

"We've got a really good team of people who are really enthusiastic about it. I think we will do something."

A group of 18 young models showed off the clothes and handbags.

Hair was styled by Nelson salon Zinc Hairdressing and a team of makeup artists provided their skills.

Among the models was 19-year-old Storm Tuiva. Storm has featured in campaigns for New Zealand designers including Stolen Girfriends Club and Huffer. He is a photographer whose work was used on the tickets, posters and programme for the event.

Wakefield teenager and aspiring athlete Liam Malone also modelled for Sidecar. Liam, who is studying in Christchurch lost both his legs when he was 2 years old because of a condition he was born with called fibular hemimelia.

He said earlier this year he wanted to become New Zealand's top sprinter at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The event was a fundraiser for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

Major Jill Knight said the Salvation Army would give gifts to more than 1000 families this Christmas.

"We try and make sure there's not a household that doesn't have a gift for Christmas Day," she said. "We tell them pay the power bill, don't buy the present."

Mrs Knight said the only reason the Salvation Army could help so many people was because of the people in the community willing to help. "We tell them the gifts come with love from the community."

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