It may be another five months until the return of London Fashion Week but that doesn’t mean you have to wait around for your British fashion fix. Need some inspiration for your spring/summer wardrobe right now? Then get yourself over to The British School of Beijing (BSB)’s Shunyi campus for Lights Out, a fashion show organized by Year 12 students – Amy Wei, Ella Malibiran, Eduarda Borba and Julia Torres.
Having teamed up with a range of high-profile sponsors and designers, including Givenchy and Li-Ning Sports, this promises to be the real deal. Models of all ages (from preschoolers to staff) will take a range of fashion items to the catwalk, in addition to singing and dancing performances from students. And if you were wondering about the name Lights Out, then the free glow stick that comes with each ticket may hint at the event’s theme. We’ve been told to expect dim lighting and a neon décor. Glow-in-the-dark dress code is encouraged, though not mandatory.
For those already impressed by the fact that four IB students could pull off such an event, then here’s the really impressive fact: it’s all for charity. All money earned from the fashion show will go to one of two charities, as part of the schools Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) program. First is the Little Adoption Shop, a pet shelter in Shunyi where one man and just three employees care for over 300 dogs, some with serious health conditions. The second is The Tanzania Foundation fund, which helps to improve living standards for impoverished local children in an orphanage in Tanzania.
The community is already getting behind the event by making donations and offering free services. Fashion sponsor Laurent Falcon, who owns eponymous hair salons in Sanlitun and CBD, will be responsible for all the models’ hair and makeup. He’s also put forward a donation to the show’s good causes.
So buy your ticket and give what you can. If you’re feeling generous, then get yourself a VIP ticket to enjoy the show with Champagne and a prime runway-side seat. Additionally, all tickets will provide access to other fun activities, beginning from 4pm. Free catering and free flow beverages also sweeten the deal.
// Apr 19th, 4-7pm (activites from 4pm, show from 6pm); VIP ticket (on the door): adult RMB200, students RMB150 (prime seat + champagne) / regular ticket (on the door): adult RMB150, secondary students RMB100, primary students RMB70; free flow of catering & beverages in the foyer; Gymnasium, The British School of Beijing (BSB), Shunyi