Come for the tea, stick around for the fashion

Langford’s Legion hosts Ladies Auxiliary fundraiser

Seven models, dozens of fashion choices and a great cause.

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Prince Edward Branch #91 (Langford) is hard at working preparing that and more for the first Fashion & Tea event June 18.

Designer Millie Vandale said the all-ages event will show off women’s clothing that is comfortable, stylish and affordable.

“The styles are figure-flattering, easy to wear, easy to care for and you can change the look of them easily by accessorizing,” she said. “It fits any age of woman, from teenagers to elderly mature women and everything in between. We have something for everyone.”

The 20-year fashion designer got involved with the event because she believes in the cause and the work of the Ladies Auxiliary, so much she even became a member. During a stint volunteering as a gift wrapper at the West Shore Town Centre this past Christmas, Vandale was part of a conversation about the potential for a fashion fundraiser, which she agreed to be part of.

The Legion Ladies Auxiliary sponsors many different charitable organizations, including Cockrell House, Ronald McDonald House and more recently supporting those affected by the fires in Fort McMurray. The fashion items comes from Ava Gray in New York. Vandale will not only be showing the fashion, she will be offering insight into the women’s wear.

“(I’ll be) commentating on all clothes they are wearing; what they are, size ranges; they will see a fashion show.” (But) it’s not just someone putting something on and walking, (the audience) will know the fabric, the feel and some fashion tips.”

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children and can be purchased in advance at the Langford Legion, 761 Station Ave. They include tea, pastries, sandwiches and entry for door prizes. The clothing, which runs from casual to business attire, will be available for purchase after the show.

“I think it’s a great community event and I believe in the support for the Legion,” Vandale said. “I hope to see all the chairs filled. (It’s) women helping women and women helping families.”

Fashion & Tea is June 18 with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. with tea served at 2 p.m.