Everyone a winner at fashion spectacular
By BELINDA SCOTT
A COLLECTION of four outfits inspired by parties and fun won Coffs Coast designer Violet Miklos and her Sia Bella label the $1000 Skinner Motors ? Driven by Fashion prize this week.
Violet Miklos was thrilled by the win and her $1000 prize, which she said she would put into her business ? maybe a new machine or overlocker.
Sandra Rowe and her Cockatoo Creek label won a special runners-up prize.
International model and Coffs Harbour resident, Vanessa Kelly, was joined on the judging panel by Coast Living editor, Melissa Coakes, and local businesman Jonathon Hibbard.
Skinner Motors pulled off both a social and an imaginative marketing coup with the success of the evening, a local tribute to Mercedes-Benz support of Australian Fashion Week.
During a hot evening which proved to be one of Coffs Harbour's best-dressed summer events, 240 fashion followers proved an appreciative audience for both original designs and locally-available styles as they packed into the Skinner Motors showroom, kept the bottled water and beer flowing and bid enthusiastically at a charity auction to aid the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Models Megan and Maxine Skinner, the daughters of Skinner Motors principal Warren Skinner, lent their support to the evening as models and were joined on the catwalk by Dixie Gibson, Jessica Freer, Allyson Schumer, Marianne Jackson, Michael Hibbard, Craig Doherty and Jenny Childs.
The auction saw brisk bidding for items as diverse as a sapphire ring from Kennedy Jewellers, which raised $1500, and a copy of the novel Eucalyptus. Autographed by actor Jack Thompson, Eucalyptus finally sold for $600.
Tamworth Starmaker winner Samantha McClymont was a surprise for the audience when the singer agreed to perform for the fashion crowd.