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Fashion show for a cause

Cole’s of Nassau and Morley for Men raise funds for The Ranfurly Homes for Children
  • Leslie Callendar-Frye wearing Issa.

  • Anna Cathopoulis wearing Alexis.

  • Adam Brown wearing Paul & Shark shirt with Hugo Boss blazer and pants.

  • Kara Nottage wearing Tashia with A.G. pants.

  • Sarsha Taylor wearing Missoni.

  • Tara Morley wearing Issa.

  • Kim Melnechuk wearing Black Halo. PHOTOS: KYLIE HUTTON

Published: May 04, 2013

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Local leading women's designer boutique Cole's of Nassau and men's store Morley for Men held a Fashion Show in aid of The Ranfurly Homes for Children at Old Fort Bay Club recently which raised $47,000 in funds from a combination of personal donations and ticket sales.

The event's picturesque location lent well to the show's given theme, aptly titled “Tropic Splendour”. Nestled between lush landscaping of poincianas, palms and a stunning ocean view, the historic Old Fort Bay Club provided the perfect venue. Cacique International Ltd. enhanced its stationed beauty by providing the table decor and tropically themed floral centerpieces for the event. As the models made their way through and around each table, guests dined on a three-course meal prepared by the Old Fort Bay Club and Argentinean wines from Mendoza Wine Imports.

The event showcased the latest in spring styles from Cole's of Nassau and Morley for Men. Featured designers including the likes of Missoni, Catherine Malandrino, Gottex, Milly, Black Halo, Joie, Clover Canyon, Hugo Boss, Paul & Shark and Vineyard Vines. A grand finale introduced the latest designer addition to the Cole's of Nassau family — Issa.

Issa emphasizes chic and effortless elegance, and boasts collections that have been embraced by some of the most glamorous women in the world with celebrity fans including the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and Madonna alike.

For the first time in their long-standing lineage of charity fashion show events, Cole's of Nassau gave attendees the opportunity to shop the show. This new initiative gave guests the chance to shop each designer look featured in the show, from garment to jewelery to handbag.

Cole's of Nassau donated five percent of the proceeds generated from all sales to The Ranfurly Homes for Children in further support.

The Ranfurly Homes for Children in particular is a foundation that Cole's of Nassau is more than proud to assist. The Ranfurly Homes for Children have been a safe haven for thousands of Bahamian children since 1956. The idea for the home originated as a result of a mid-1950s fire in downtown Nassau when Lady Hermoine Ranfurly, wife of the then Governor General, discovered a group of homeless children sleeping in cardboard boxes in buildings and alleys. Just six months after securing a spacious property on Mackey Street, the patrons and caregivers at Ranfurly welcomed the first residents into their full time care. Since then, the Home provides a safe, structured environment for children who have been orphaned, abused, neglected or abandoned.

Proceeds collected from the fashion show luncheon will aid in maintaining these efforts set out by The Ranfurly Homes for Children and of Lady Hermoine Ranfurly herself. Without support provided by such charity events, the functionality of the home would be severely affected and its mission even more difficult to uphold without additional resources or funding. To ensure the future development of the home, Cole's of Nassau continues in its future efforts to provide support to further Lady Ranfurly's legacy of laughter, love and kindness.




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