As October turns pink for breast cancer awareness month, Norwich has been putting on a show of support. Last Wednesday and Thursday were the 10th Keeping Abreast more than just fashion shows, at Open in Norwich. The night was jam-packed with laughs, tears, stories and inspiration. That’s without mentioning the fabulous local fashion. Keeping Abreast started life in Norwich as a charitable support group for women going through all stages of breast cancer. They provide invaluable services such as transport, child care, advice, support and much more. The charity has since grown and now has a branch in New York. The work they do is nothing short of incredible and so was the night itself. The theme was a night at the Hollywood movies and all of the amazingly sassy and confident models were breast cancer survivors.
The evening was hosted by the hilarious Sara Thornton and Becky Jago, who interviewed guests, kept the audience entertained and informed and ensured that the evening ran smoothly. To begin with we were treated to a little sneak peek of a Twisted Fairytale which will be showing at the Puppet Theatre over Halloween. The performance was incredible and it set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Next Up we saw the incredible models strut their stuff in clothes from Vanilla, an independent boutique in Norwich. The wonderful ladies oozed confidence as the sashayed down the catwalk. There was lots of black and lace – it was all very me!
Pretty woman blared out of the speakers and yet more stunning models appeared in clothes from Scarlett.
I’ve nipped in a few times I love so many of the pieces they have in store. Think simple, elegant and flowing clothes, that are just that little bit different to give them an edge.
Before we saw pieces from The Rock Collection, we heard from a very brave lady, who told the story of her mums breast cancer journey. From the highs to the lows and every stage in-between, the audience was brought to tears. There was happy ending though – her mum was one of the models of the evening. It bought home the reason that so many of us were there, to support this incredible charity.
The Rock Collection
, Norwich’s independent alternative store transported us to the Moulin Rouge, with sassy moves and rockabilly vibes galore!
The final show before the break was John Lewis
and Nova Silver
showcasing their range of underwear and jewellery, respectively. I was in awe of the women on the catwalk – I couldn’t get up there and walk in my normal clothes let alone stride up and down in my underwear. They exuded confidence and showed the world what it’s like to come out on top and beat this horrible disease.
After the interval of the Keeping Abreast more than just fashion shows, we were serenaded by the Broadbeat choir.
Their dulcet tones lifted the mood, oozing yet more positive upbeat vibes.
Next up was the John Lewis Party Collection, which was jam-packed full of stunning pieces to suit every shape and size. I had my eye on an outfit from Coast.
We turned up the sass and flirtation a little more, as the ladies in Scarlett
were joined by men from Phillip Browne for a chic take on casual wear.
plastic surgeon extraordinaire and one hell of a character, gave us the latest updates from the world of reconstructive surgery. Elaine was frank in her speech as she discussed the state of the NHS and shone a light on the charity. After we witnessed some more delights from Vanilla.
Before we got treated to a performance of the time warp as things went all Rocky Horror.
From one musical to another! (Incidentally both are favourites of mine.) We took a less sinister turn for the dance off to Grease.
The evening of highs, low’s, laugher and positivity came to a spectacular end with a final parade of these incredible, strong, sassy, powerful and positive women.
Oh and with glitter cannons too!
The evening was amazing, I wasn’t prepared or expecting as much of a show than we were given. It was professional, informative and left you feeling like you could take on the world. The Keeping Abreast more than just fashion shows, did what they said on the tin. Just more spectacular and inspirational manner than you’d have ever imagined. I’ll certainly be back next year for more.
You can find out more about Keeping Abreast here
and you can donate here.