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DRESS OF THE YEAR


The latest Fashion Museum Dress of the Year has been


The sugar pink organza dress chosen by blogger Susie Lau


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Following the recent success of hardback novel


Go Swift and Far, its author, the Bath-based Gordon Bloor, launched his paperback version last month at the Theatre Royal’s 1805 Rooms. Attendees included the Mayor of Bath, and the real-life citizens of Bath who feature in the book. Cecil Weir of Julian House was also


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invited to receive a donation of £2,500 for the charity; after Gordon pledged late last year that £1 from each hardback sold would be donated. Gordon also announced that he has started writing the sequel to the book and aims to finish it for Christmas 2016. For more: www.douglaswestcott.com


The Duchess of Beaufort declaring the lodges open


A Duchess at Dorothy House


Two new care lodges were opened at Dorothy House


Hospice in Winsley by Miranda, Duchess of Beaufort recently as part of an official ceremony. The two new two-bedroom community lodges, which took 18 months to come together from the design stage, will allow terminally ill patients to stay in comfort with their primary carers – those whose home environment isn’t always ideal for all the family to


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be together. This way, patients can have their family around them while still having access to the health care assistance they need. The Duchess, who is patron of the charity, toured the new buildings, which were partly funded by a Department of Health grant, with around 40 other guests, including patients and their families. For more: www.dorothyhouse.co.uk


unveiled – a sugar pink silk organza dress by leading British designer Christopher Kane. The dress, which is from Christopher’s SS13 collection, is an on-the- knee, sleeveless number embellished with cut-out white lace panels and jewelled roundels made up of tiny pink diamantes. Strips of black duct tape are attached to the front of the garment – a bold, heavy detail contrasting with the delicacy and lightness of the dress. Celebrated fashion blogger Susie Lau, of stylebubble. com, made the selection: “I chose Christopher Kane’s dress because, to me, he is one of the most exciting and brilliant designers to


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have emerged from London Fashion Week,” she said. “He manages to take the most unexpected elements and make them work in collections that then define seasons.” Susie completed the ensemble with a pair of hot pink and black ‘Liquorice Allsorts’ stiletto sandals by Sophia Webster, and a pink canvas cap by Nasir Mazhar. “It’s a huge honour to be selected for the Dress of the Year award; the dress means so much to me,” Christopher said. “It’s a really good mixture of both tough and sweet. It’s a remarkable dress chosen by a remarkable woman.” The dress will be on display at the Fashion Museum throughout the year. For more: www.fashionmuseum.co.uk


Author Gordon Bloor FUNDRAISING


Villagers from the Umbari village now have a safe water system


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Hairdressers from Aveda salons from around the


South West gathered in Bath recently, for an It’s a Knockout- style challenge that raised over £6,000 for WaterAid. The event, which saw the scissorsmiths apple bobbing, spacehopping and playing tug of war, took place at Bath Rugby Club as part of Earth Month, an annual event that helps raise awareness for those communities around the world without access to clean, safe water.


Competitors included stylists from Artizan on George Street and on Bartlett Street, who were sponsored by their customers. For more: www.wateraid.org/uk


The smart lodge interior


Photograph © Leon Day


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