2 April 2013

Events | Fred Butler's Easter Parade at The Sanderson

(From left to right) Fred Butler, The Tatty Devine models, Harriet Vine, host Jonny Woo.
The winning bonnets from Piers Atkinson
The judges (from left to right) Fred Butler, Kim Howell, Margaret Crow, Emma Elwick-Bates & Alexander Fury

The wonderful thing about fashion is it can be as minimalist or eccentric as you want it to be without any question or concern - the Fred Butler Easter Parade at The Sanderson Hotel last week was definitely the latter. 

Arriving with my friend Sannita with plenty of time to get acquainted with the courtyard of the hotel and sip back a cocktail. It wasn't long before we were joined by Ella Catliff and Char Bell to form our fashionable foursome.

We soon realised this wasn't going to be any ordinary catwalk show when host cum drag Queen Jonny Woo graced us with his presence, clad in a bondage sort of get up that left nothing to the imagination and a custom-designed Easter bonnet. Judges Fred Butler, Kim Howell, Margaret Crow, Emma Elwick-Bates & Alexander Fury. 

The show opened with another "fabulous-dahhling" drag queen sporting an elaborate creation from Antipodium and it didn't get any less ridiculous as time went on. Running commentary from Jonny Woo had us in stitches, as did the attitudes of many of the Easter bonnet models. 

A decision had to be made and special mention fell to Tatty Devine's Easter bonnet, which was my personal favourite but Piers Atkinson's yellow-gingham double stole the show and won over the judges. 

I had a quick run in en route to the toilets with one of the designers from The Flower Appreciation Society, who very kindly gave me their Easter bonnet, which I paraded around the Sanderson courtyard in for a good while after and then later on, it got many a glance at Soho House where we headed after to carry on the cocktails and conversation! 
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