TOP SE­CRET FASH­ION

THE SO­CIAL BUT­TER­FLY TURNS TO HER GREAT­EST PASSION THIS WEEK AS SHE HITS THE CAT­WALK

The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page - WORDS//

My sin­gle big­gest passion is fash­ion, so when I was given an op­por­tu­nity to work along­side seven other as­pir­ing mod­els for a VIP fash­ion pa­rade with Port Dou­glas re­tailer Rose & Boy, rolling out of bed at a spar­row’s chirp didn’t bother me.

I headed up the wind­ing coastal road to Port Dou­glas in dark­ness with the pre­vi­ous night’s #cairnseye­so­cial but­ter­fly events still fresh in my mind. My soy cappuccino worked its magic, and thank good­ness for that – hair and make-up was to start at 6.30am sharp. As I ar­rived at the Port Dou­glas Sher­a­ton Mi­rage I was im­me­di­ately swooped up by the concierge into a golf buggy and taken through the rain­for­est to the make-up and hair stu­dio.

I in­ter­ro­gated the driver: “Who are th­ese VIPs, what are they here for?” He main­tained a pro­fes­sional tone as he replied: “Madam, all I can say is that they are a very in­flu­en­tial group of ladies and gentle­men here for an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence.”

Jaws dropped as we en­tered the boho-style cat­walk. Rose & Boy, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Toku­nai Hair, set a stun­ning scene with wor­thy styling that in­cluded gen­uine gold leaf painstak­ingly ap­plied to each model’s sleek hair.

How­ever, we can’t for­get the real stars of the show – the cute R&B chil­dren In­dia Rose Al­bury and Zekke Doolah. The crowd were in stiches as the young boy Zekke ex­pertly stuffed a muf­fin in his mouth, chew­ing the en­tire length of the cat­walk while pos­ing with a crumbs-and-all grin at the end.

Rose & Boy co-owner Kar­lie Jay Al­bury said it was great to see Far North re­tail­ers on dis­play for in­ter­na­tional guests.

Us­ing lo­cal mod­els, hair and make-up, she said, puts our tal­ent on the map and cre­ates both Aus­tralia-wide and global op­por­tu­ni­ties for the re­gion.

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