CHICHESTER showed off its style for all to see on Saturday (April 26) and stopped shoppers in their tracks.
The launch of Chichester’s Got Style saw 88 models walk the walk outside the Assembly Rooms, in North Street, showing off a range of clothes available in city shops.
Mother and daughter shoppers Laura and Maureen Preece had no idea what was happening until they saw the catwalk.
“It was brilliant and really enjoyable,” said Laura.
“I was really impressed with the mix of different types of outfits.”
The show was championed by city centre manager Kim Long, of the city centre partnership.
Sarah Baldwin, of Russell and Bromley, said it was ‘fantastic’.
“It’s certainly been a community thing to let people know what Chichester has to offer,” she said.
“I thought it was quite ambitious to have a catwalk out in the high street, but it’s gone so well. So much planning and hard work from everybody has gone into this.
“It’s certainly caught the imagination of everybody.”
Kim added: “Thanks to all the volunteers and businesses that have made it happen. It’s been great fun working with them and here’s to next year.”
One model was 18-year-old Chloe Humphrey, who just a year ago had a life-changing operation to help her walk.
“I absolutely loved it,” she said, adding: “It’s nearly a year since my surgery and this year has gone so quickly. A year ago I would never have imagined going on a catwalk.”
The day was also an opportunity to fundraise for breast cancer and testicular cancer charities.
Alex Ford, of staging company Optix, was setting up from 6.45am and said he had never helped out at such an event before.
“I wasn’t expecting it to be as busy. I wasn’t expecting to see so many models,” he said.
“It’s quite ahead of its time,” he said of Chichester. “We do stuff in fashion shows in big shopping centres, but never out in the open.”