For its third consecutive year, the charity fashion show, Fashion Extreme Paris took place on 24th September at the Pavilion, a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysées. Previous editions had set high expectations and the underlying question this year was whether the organisers, husband and wife duo Suzette and Ryan Riego, would be able to successfully grow the event.
Any doubt about that ambition was answered with just one look at the agenda which illustrated more designers (13), makeup artists (20) and models (55) than previous years. Their choice to reinstate the confident and entertaining Belle David as host proved paramount to maintaining the show’s fluid pace.
Two major additions to this year’s edition were a much welcomed men’s collection and a highly anticipated lingerie grand finale, which included a collection from Best of Paris 2016 fashion designer winner Erbert Chong.
While the designers had the opportunity to share their collections, another achievement was quietly being showcased throughout the day – the power of collaboration.
For all the photographers, makeup artists, models, backstage assistance and welcome staff (a team of 60), were volunteers, offering their time and expertise to put together this memorable show.
The expatriate community have clearly adopted the event. Expat Talent Show 2 winner Subarna Ganguly performed a Bollywood dance on the catwalk and various Expatriates Magazine cover interviewees also played an active part in the show. Francis Isabel (cover 12) sang during the grand finale, Abdennour Bouhroum (cover 23), took to the catwalk with elegance as he wore a Kevin Leslie suit and Paula Paduroiu (cover 22) ushered guests and organised the after party which took place at the Sofitel in the 8th arrondissement.
For all this year’s subtle additions, there was one that went unspoken. For the first year, and to the organisers’ delight, their eleven-year-old daughter contributed to the show. Her first role was to give flowers to the designers as they exited the catwalk – an introductory participation which is sure to evolve in subsequent editions of the event. Fashion Extreme Paris looks set to have a promising future.