Fashion and fundraising for Taranaki Cathedral

Next week designer clothing, art and luxury goods are going under the hammer to raise money to earthquake strengthen Taranaki Cathedral. As a part of the two-day fundraising event Suzanne Porter is organising the Designer Pre-Loved Clothes Sale. Taranaki Community News caught up with her to get some fashion tips and to find out what’s on offer.

Hi Suzanne! What can you tell us about this fabulous fashion event?
As a part of the Great Collectables Roadshow and Auction we have a number of beautiful items of designer fashion that have been pre-loved and gifted to us for sale.

There’s a large variety of pieces, from designers like Trelise Cooper, Nom D, Korbella, and Chocolat. There’ll be something for everyone, and in a variety of sizes, not just the tiny sizes.

Do you remember when you first got into fashion?
Mum always made us outfits as children. There were four of us girls under five years, and our outfits were all matching, except we always had our own colour. Mum was and still is very stylish.

Suzanne and her sister are still fashionistas, but they no longer have to wear matching outfits.

Do you have an absolute favourite piece of fashion in your wardrobe?
Ha, I’m fickle. What I like changes from one week to the next, and then I return to the old favourites. But at the moment I’m loving a 1970s full length cobalt blue dress with pleated skirt. Why do I love it? The colour – and the fact that the skirt comes to my ankles, which is often a challenge in retro and with me being 5’11.

If you could have any designer in the world make a custom piece for you, who would you pick, and what would you want made? 
Dolce and Gabbana, and one of their over-the-top floral jewelled pieces – in the image below I think I like the trouser suit the best.

Dolce and Gabanna

What’s your best piece of fashion advice?
Work out what suits you. I think the Trinny and Susannah 12 Body Shapes is invaluable in knowing what suits you. Also, find out what colour you are, it’s easy to do online, this then determines what shapes and colours you should wear. You can stop a lot of fashion mistakes this way.

Other than that, wear what makes you feel good. It doesn’t have to be expensive, my wardrobe is full of op shop finds and retro, as well as a few more expensive pieces.

So, why is the Designer Pre-Loved Clothes Sale a must attend event?
You will be supporting a good cause, as well as hopefully finding yourself something you will love at a really great price.

If anyone wants to donate to the Designer Pre-Loved Clothes Sale, how can they do that?
Bring them into the TAFT building, on the corner of Powderham and Brougham Streets, New Plymouth.

The details:
Designer Pre-Loved Clothes Sale
Thursday May 2
4pm to 7.30pm
Plymouth International Hotel