Last week I attended a very grand event at The Dorchester Hotel in London. It made a nice change to my usual evening routine; dragging myself to the gym and rushing to get dinner ready. Rushing straight from the office in a floor length gown and flats (function over fashion ALWAYS) on the Tube via Hyde Park, I felt like glamour personified. Not. However, upon arrival at The Dorchester with my heels on and a glass of champagne in my hand, I really relaxed into the evening. And what an evening it was!
Fashion for the Brave is an annual event hosted during Fashion Week to raise awareness for charities involved in helping injured soldiers and the relocation of military families. The black tie event was opened by the lovely Claudia Winkleman before a sumptuous three course meal involving the best beef wellington (oh so tender beef) that I have ever had and some never-disappointing Baileys lattes (fast becoming my favourite way to take coffee). A grand auction followed, plus another silent auction and direct donations using tablets on the table and a fashion show. The runway show, organised by the fabulous Hilary Alexander of The Telegraph, was a showcase of amazing British design from Burberry and Erdem to ASOS and TopShop. Particular oohs and ahhs were heard as a couple of canine companions appeared on the catwalk. Top marks go to whoever did the hair too. (Possibly the Laura Mercier team, who did the make up?)
The true stars of the event were of course the brave. They were of course the reason that we were all there and the most decorated man in the British Army WO1 Mick Flynn CGC MC gave a hugely amusing yet emotive speech about his experiences in the field before cheekily introducing (yes he brought that mishap up) Lord Archer for the grand auction. Lots included some gorgeous Boodles jewellery, a one-of-a-kind Corrie Nielson Union Jack dress (above) and a custom made Aston Martin, snapped up by the one and only Sir Philip Green (via Harold Tillman’s telephone – you can’t make this stuff up.) All in all, it was a fabulous evening with some fabulous people.
Special thanks go to Baileys, Fashion for the Brave and KetchumPleon for their hospitality.