War Child Charity Gig

In the decadent and opulent world of fashion, the chance to give something back is always met with enthusiasm, creativity and of course, style. Brighton Fashion Week is no exception. The event? A night of ’50s rock ‘n’ roll fun crossed with an eclectic bunch of seriously great bands in aid of War Child, a dedicated charity that protects children living in war zones throughout the world.

The mood at the Concorde 2 was relaxed and ethereal as Brighton’s most beautiful enjoyed a great night for a great cause, traipsing between the juxtaposed lively, energetic rockabilly room and the grungy main room.

The crowd lapped up the theatrics of South London party boys, La Shark. Decked out in face paint and a fine pair of red leather pants, frontman Samuel Geronimo Deschamps commanded attention as he stormed the floor, mounted the scaffolding and hung upside down, all the while screaming lyrics over the band’s unique brand of synth-pop.

In between acts, revellers jumped and jived in style to classic ’50s tunes courtesy of the Brighton Rumble Rockabilly Club and, of course, it wouldn’t have been a Fashion Week event without a fashion show. While the dapper attendees certainly delivered, a show featuring edgy and inspired designers was thrown in for good measure, much to the delight of the room.

The brilliant climax of the night was definitely the mysteriously sexy headliners, Dark Horses, lead by sultry Swede, Lisa Elle. Fresh from touring with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Kasabian, they delivered a powerful, raw and inspired performance. For the previous acts, the crowd was convivial but there was something sobering and soulful about Elle’s powerful voice that drew near silence and reflection from the audience. A truly beautiful way for the night to end.

 Words and pictures by Celeste Macdonald.