Penelope Chilvers blogs about our Shirts and Sticks for Soldiers Fashion Show on handbag.com

We just had so much fun at an amazing pre-Christmas party recently when I took a group of my best friends along to Ronnie Scotts where my friend Emma Willis was hosting her wonderful catwalk show in aid of her charity, Shirts For Soldiers. Champagne flowed and 80′s pop icon Adam Ant played all his classics. I was invited to design some of our velvet Dandy slippers to be worn by the very ‘Adam Ant’ inspired models alongside Emma’s beautiful bespoke shirts. Emma, one of our finest shirt makers, was prompted to set up the charity to give back to those of our armed forces injured in combat. She regularly visits Headley Court, where the soldiers recuperate to measure them up for their very own bespoke shirt. There is always much excitement as they style their very own shirt, choosing cut and fabric. Shirts For Soldiers relies on the generous donations of Emma’s customers and the public for funding and the catwalk show was a triumph in aid of this very good cause.

Nicholas Coleridge, President of Conde Nast International and Managing Director of Conde Nast Britain said ‘It was simply the most enjoyable fashion show, thoroughly elating,…I can’t remember when I ever enjoyed a fashion show so much.’ High praise indeed!