Giving back. I don’t know about you but I sure feel good when I get to give back. Giving back should be an altruistic and selfless act, and at its core giving back is good for both the giver and the receiver. So was the feeling at the Charles & Ron high summer fashion show last Thursday.

I attend a lot of fashion shows locally, probably almost all of them, so I’m used to seeing the same faces at these kind of events. Press, media, VIPs… It’s always the same say 30 people. Yet, I barely recognized anyone when I arrived at Corinthia Palace Hotel for the welcome drink. This was because a lot of the invitees were esteemed and longtime clients of the designer duo.

So naturally the show and clothes were a sort of ‘giving back’ to the clients for their love and support. The C&R high summer collection was about going back to the roots and what the brand is known for and good at: clothes that women want and more importantly, wear. The clothes were draped to perfection, hugged the models’ bodies in all the right places and the colours were bold. Of course a C&R show wouldn’t be the same without the inclusion of graphic prints – which came in the form of a kaleidoscope of pastels this time around.

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Standouts included a salmon gown that walked beautifully (look 15) and the off shoulder pieces (looks 5, 7 and 8). And of course model extraordinaire Daniela Aciu closing the show in a floral ballgown which was followed by a standing ovation, obviously. After the show attendees were surprised with 30% off everything at the C&R shop at Corinthia Palace Hotel, and nothing says ‘giving back’ like discounted good bags right?

While the lavishing prints still occupy a good chunk of the C&R DNA, there was a base understanding that what is truly lavishing is clothes that shine with their silhouette and understated glamour. Cos frankly speaking, women have places to be and they need clothes to wear. And these are those clothes.


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