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Catherine Walker & Co Celebrates British Couture in a Floral ‘catwalk’ to Coincide With the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Catherine Walker & Co is a brand synonymous with British style and royalty so it’s lovely to hear that they will be having a public catwalk on Thursday 25th May, St Luke’s Church, SW3 6NH. The public display will take place from 1pm to 2pm along the King’s Road, departing from St Luke’s Church, and it looks like the weather will be very good. As SEEN readers will have observed from the news, Carole Middleton wore Catherine Walker & Co at the wedding of her daughter Pippa on Saturday (and at the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge too). Over half of the dresses on display at Kensington Palace’s Diana: Her Fashion Story right now are by the House.

Catherine Walker & Co stages floral 'catwalk' display to coincide with RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea couturier and favourite of British royalty, Catherine Walker & Co celebrates 40 years this year. As part of the celebrations and as a tribute to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, it is staging a floral and butterfly-themed fashion show for the general public on Thursday 25th May, 2017 from 1pm.

The butterfly is Catherine Walker & Co.’s iconic motif and you can expect to see many references to this in the dramatic and colourful public display – as well as stunning garments from the new Spring/Summer 2017 collection – all designed and handcrafted at the House’s Chelsea atelier.

It will also mark the first public outing of a limited edition ruby and diamond pendant that Said Cyrus, Co-Founder and Head of Design at Catherine Walker & Co. co-designed with jewellery firm Gismondi1754. To be sold via Gismondi1754, 20% of proceeds from each sale of the £2,500 piece, will be given to Breast Cancer Haven – Said and his late wife, Catherine Walker, were founding sponsors of the charity.

St Luke’s Church is where Catherine Walker’s memorial service was held in January 2011 and is a stone’s throw from Catherine Walker & Co.’s showroom at 65 Sydney Street, SW3 6PX.

Further drama will be added by elaborate flower displays in the models’ hair and extravagant, floral make-up, as they hand out flowers to passers-by in the King’s Road. Ten models will pose as a group at three further locations, once they depart St Luke’s Church.

It is a rare occasion for the famously discrete fashion House to hold a public event and this showcase offers an exclusive glimpse into the magical world of couture modelled off the fashion pages, or away from the Catherine Walker & Co showroom window in Chelsea’s Sydney Street.

“Our atelier has been based in Chelsea since 1977 so it makes perfect sense to take our fashion catwalk to the people in the streets of Chelsea. Flowers have always been an inspiration in our embroidery and handwork,” says Said Cyrus, Co-Founder and Head of Design at Catherine Walker & Co. “Clothes are a form of entertainment. Like actors on a stage who wear a costume that says ‘This is who I am’, we too send messages in our choice of clothes.”

Catherine Walker & Co
65 Sydney Street