BUSINESSES galore have come together in Hartlepool for a fashion showcase with a difference.
The town cafe Number 33 in Park Road was jam-packed for an event which brought together firms for a “vintage summer soiree”.
It was organised by Michelle Taylor, who won the Hartlepool Mail-backed If we can, you can competition in 2008, and is now flying high with her company Tallulah Love, based on Tyneside.
“It is the first time I have done anything like this in Hartlepool,” said Michelle, 36, who still lives in Hartlepool.
She said: “Lots of family and friends came along to give support and we are really grateful for that.”
As well as a catwalk show of designer lingerie, the event also included champagne, cupcakes, scones, wine and a chance to win goody bags as well as a vintage dress.
Michelle added: “I have held a lot of meetings in here and I just wanted to do something to showcase the place.”
She said the event was a chance to raise the profile of different businesses as well as her own.
A dress collection from fellow Hartlepool company Call Me Betty Vintage was on show. Rose crowns were supplied by Frankii Wilde, while The Creative Florist showcased its floral displays.
Jade photography, Kayleigh Falcus jewellery, Vintage Princess Jewellery, Arbonne, Evolution, Vintageous Rags, Tickety Boo greetings and chocolates and Konect consultancy & events were also involved.
Michelle is now hoping the event becomes a regular attraction with another town event soon, as well as one in Newcastle.
Michelle is enjoying huge success thanks to her designs which have won celebrity support. The Mail previously reported how Jess Wright from The Only Way Is Essex was selling Michelle’s range in her Essex store.
But there’s been even more success since then. The Tallulah Love brand has featured in Vogue and was recently contacted by New York society magazine Harper’s Bazaar who
shipped a consignment of samples over for a photoshoot.
Michelle first rose to fame when she won the Hartlepool Mail-backed If we can, you can challenge in June 2008.
She has since clinched contracts in Germany, Italy, Holland, the United Arab Emirates and Japan.