Words and Photography by Charles Odugbesan
14HQ were invited to Brunswick House, Vauxhall for the Hope and Glory AW 2020 Catwalk Show. This charity event, held in honour of Prostate Cancer and SANE, featured a select group of designers showcasing their seasonal pieces to an intimate audience in a beautiful Georgian building. One could almost be forgiven for believing that such a grandiose setting may overshadow the creative pieces that were on show throughout the evening. Au Contraire! The fancy interior only served to compliment the impact of each individual design.
The show itself was colourful and vibrant. Each of the designers all brought range and balance to the event as a whole, exploring the boundaries of themes/mantras that included class and confidence, chic, streetwear, high fashion womenswear and traditional African attire to name a few. Sparkling live performances from musicians Ceecee, Hanna and Matthew Roberts; three very different but equally talented singers, gave the whole evening that added air of authenticity.
A little information on the good causes this event was made for if you will – Prostate cancer is the most common case in men in the U.K with a 1 in 4 chance of getting it. Prostate Cancer, which occurs when the prostate gland in a man slowly begins to grow uncontrollably, claims a life every 45 minutes on average. In addition to the fact that the older you are the more susceptible to prostate cancer you become, mortality rates are often higher amongst Caribbean and African men than any other group. Professor Jon Waxman founded the Prostate Cancer Charity in 1996, which later became Prostate Cancer UK, and since then over £40 million has been raised to provide research and support for men all over.
The SANE Charity, founded in 1986, was established to raise awareness and improve the quality of life of those who suffer from mental illness. Indeed these two objectives along with being able to remove any negative stigma about mental illness are the very pillars of the charity’s existence.