The world famous Bushmills Distillery will play host to a fashion show on November 4, the likes of which has never been seen before in the Province.
This unique event will be organised by Coleraine woman Cindy McKendry, the brains and talent behind the stunning and greatly acclaimed Cirque, held in Barry’s in September 2016.
Cindy’s partner in crime is local broadcaster and presenter Sarah Travers and the title of the show Homage has a very special meaning for the popular Portstewart star.
Sarah’s father Ian sadly lost his battle with Alzheimer’s in 2013 and all money raised from this fashion show with a difference will go to the Alzheimer’s Society, where Sarah is patron, in memory of her Dad.
“I’m so thrilled Cindy has chosen the Alzheimer’s Society and has asked me to be involved,” said Sarah. “I lost my dear dad, Ian, to dementia with Lewy bodies in 2013 - he was 67 years old and I’m proud to be doing this in his memory.”
Homage has been described as an evening of whiskey, fashion and rock and roll with a live gig taking place as well as the runway show, and already The Undertones and Tim Wheeler have confirmed they will play.
“I was thrilled when my good friends the Undertones jumped at the opportunity to play at Homage,” added Sarah. And then when Tim Wheeler from Ash agreed it was just incredible! Tim, of course, lost his dad to dementia also.”
This one off show has already generated a considerable buzz despite it being nine months away and will be an evening celebrating whiskey, fashion, food with some rock and roll thrown in for good measure.
Supermodel Kate Moss and her sister Lottie have thrown their weight behind the Homage fashion show.
The fashion extravaganza will see the perfect blend of rock and roll and whiskey with all the money raised going to the Alzheimer's Society.
The Kate Moss shoes are just the latest in a number of very special items set to go under the hammer at the fashion show organised by local stylist Cindy McKendry and TV presenter Sarah Travers.
Speaking about the shoes Cindy said: "I am blown away by this amazing auction prize given from the Moss sisters Kate and Lottie for Homage charity fashion show.
"They are a pair of stunning Miu Miu shoes from Kate Moss, size 5.5 and signed by Lottie and Kate herself.
"The shoes are Bianco patent leather Calzature Bicolour pumps with square toes and chunky heels. They are stunning and any fashion lover interested in starting the bidding please get in touch via the Homage Fashion Show Facebook page.
"This really is a unique prize for fashion lovers."
Another one of the amazing auction items came from photographer Peter Gravelle.
Peter has donated a signed digital print of his original photo of the Sex Pistols signing for A & R outside Buckingham Palace after being dropped by EMI in 1977.
Gravelle was working as a fashion and advertising photographer in London when he was introduced to the world of punk when friends asked if he would shoot their band, The Damned, for free.
The exposure from the cover snowballed, forming projects that would earn him his reputation as thepunk rock photographer of the era. Gravelle is most notably recognised for his relationship with Sid Vicious and his collection of images of The Sex Pistol.
Cindy added: "I was telling Peter how the punk scene is still strong here. This very special piece is going to be framed and will be auctioned on the night of the show but any enquiries welcome again by messaging the Homage Facebook page.
With designers from the length and breadth of Ireland of Ireland and London featuring their latest designs on the catwalk this will be a very special night of fashion.
Rocking the event are the fantastic Undertones who jumped at the chance to play at the event following Sarah Traver’s personal invitation to her good friend and frontman Paul McLoone and Tim Wheeler will make a special appearance.