Raising blindfolds for peeks at fun

Compiled by Chris Lau

Several students staged an entertaining fashion show for a very good cause

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A student model wearing a blindfold on the catwalk.
Last month some of our junior reporters had their first taste of fashion reporting. They went to Panache 2.0, a student-led fashion show held at King George V School. Here is what they learned.

Entertainment and fashion show - all in one

One of the special aspects of Panache 2.0 was that it featured students dancing and singing during the fashion show.

The first to perform was a pair of girls who sang a duet. They were followed by two boys who performed a mash-up of songs, including Joe Brooks' Superman and David Gray's It's Not Easy To Be Me. Their vocals were extraordinary.

After that came two dance performances. The first was a routine by a duo. Then a five-member dance group took over the stage with their graceful yet energetic moves.

The thumping beats of the music and dancers' positive energy made the audience cheer all the way.

The show's chief organiser, Vinay Vaswani, told us they had wanted to create a night of entertainment with a show that went "Bang! Bang! Bang!"

They had pitched that idea to students at several international schools and had received an enthusiastic response.

The organisers went through plenty of applications and auditions to choose the best of the best, Vinay said. Although it was a painstaking process, the team enjoyed every second of it.

"It was like a big family working together to make the show better," one team member told us.

While fashion was the main focus, the performances were surely the icing on the cake.

Milo Leung

Fund-raiser with blindfolds

The full name of the show was Panache 2.0 for Orbis. That's because it was a charity event that helped raise funds for Orbis, a non-profit group which provides eye care to visually impaired people worldwide.

There was a wonderful climax to the show, with blinfolded models appearing on the runway one by one, to the music of Jennifer Lopez's On the Floor. It was a powerful message.

Eva Chan

Wedding gown surprise

One of the surprises of the night was the wedding gown section.

Student designer Adele Foster, from Australian International School Hong Kong, created several wedding dresses in traditional Chinese style. She had used fabrics with bright floral patterns and shiny decorations.

Student designer Kashika Agarwal, from KGV, also displayed her creations. She said this was the first time she had designed clothes and had plenty of fun doing so.

To make it easier for them to pull off the complicated task of creating brand new clothes from scratch, each student designer was helped by professional tailors.

Kashika admitted that had made her job a whole lot easier.

On the runway, the wedding-gown models came in pairs.

By the time the youngest "bridesmaid" - a toddler about three years old - appeared on the runway, the audience was truly in a festive mood.

Kate Ng

Panache 2.0 turned a school hall into a venue for fun and fashion.