Once again we delve into Naomi’s box of unopened Fashion Avenue outfits to show you how they look on and off the model.
The Fashion Shoot:
Vivienne likes to think that she should be in charge of all the shows featuring Fashion Avenue outfits because she is the only one who would have actually worn them when they were new. Jan’s argument is much simpler.
“It’s my turn.” she said.
Vivienne had done the last few Fashion Fever shoots and Jan really wanted to do this one even though she had done the previous Fashion Avenue shoot when Vivienne was away. As she controls access to the clothes Vivienne can throw her weight around if she likes but she knows that Jan just really wants to try on the outfits herself. She adores fashion. Graciously she agrees that Jan can do the shoot providing that it is done at the studio she prefers to use. “Not outside.” she warns Jan.
Overjoyed Jan asks Midge to come along, she’s been away working and they haven’t had a girls day out for a while. Although she doesn’t really like modelling clothes all that much Midge agrees to come. “There are only three outfits today.” Jan tells her. “It will take no time at all.” As their other friends are all busy with jobs or boyfriends Jan decides that it would be fun to introduce a random element to the shoot and while buying a coffee at a local sandwich shop she asks the girls working there if they would like to come along and be photographed on Saturday. So at the appointed time Belinda and Nicola arrive at the photo studio where they find Midge and the photographer chatting but no sign of Jan.
Midge calls her to find out what the hold up is. Jan is stuck in traffic. “I think there has been an accident on the Harbour Bridge.” she tells her friend. “I’ll get there as soon as I can.”
The photographer is not impressed. “You girls have an hour and a half. That’s all I was paid for. Why don’t you start without her?”
“But she is the Showrunner.”Midge protests. She knows how disappointed Jan would be to miss out on this after begging Vivienne for the chance.
“Don’t care!” says Dennis the photographer. “I’ve got a football match this afternoon and I don’t want to miss it. Get on with it or get out.”
Belinda speaks up. “I think we should do it.” she tells Midge. “The clothes are here and you say you’ve done this with her before. You run it.”
On the phone a frustrated Jan agrees that would be best. She will try to get there before they are done.
- Jan – House Stylist and Model
- Nicola – Student and part-time counter assistant
- Belinda – Sandwich shop owner
Special Guest Appearance:
Midge, Belinda and Nicola go to have a look at the clothes. There are six outfits hanging up. “That’s funny, there were only supposed to be three.” Midge tells them.
“Here’s a note.” Nicola replies, handing it to her.
I know how much you were looking forward to this shoot so as I was able to source some extra clothes I’ve left you three more outfits to use. There are accessories to match. Have fun.
“Wonderful.” says Midge looking at the formal dresses and the accessories that Vivienne had thoughtfully provided. “OK let’s go to it. Belinda you take that blue outfit, Nicola the pink one. Be careful not to lose any of the bits and pieces and for God’s sake don’t tear anything.”
Belinda emerges a few minutes later. “I’m sorry Midge, these shoes don’t fit me.”
Midge is familiar with this problem and tells her not to worry about it and just bring the shoes to be photographed. Everything else is a perfect fit.
Nicola, who is changing calls out “Midge the shoes..”
“Just carry them.” calls Midge before she can finish. Like the previous one this skirt has an elastic waist so no problems with fitting. The stockings actually fit her better than the original owner.
“So far so good. ” thinks Midge sending the girls back to change. “Belinda in the mauve and Nicola in the two piece please.” she instructs them.
“I can’t get this jacket on.” Belinda calls out.
“Swap outfits” Midge calls back
A few minutes later; “Nor can I”
“Alright go on to the next outfit.” comes the reply. “We still have plenty of time. We’ll come back to it.”
“You won’t if you all keep talking and faffing about.” complains Dennis.”
In the confusion Belinda and Nicola end up wearing different outfits but Midge decides that they should just carry on. There is still a lot to do and Jan is not here yet. Nicola comes out in the red party dress. “It is really meant for someone a bit bigger on top than I am.” she comments “But it’s OK. I pinned it. Here are the shoes.”
Belinda appears in the sparkly denim outfit that Nicola was supposed to wear. “Lots of accessories with this.” she comments.
At that moment a breathless Jan arrives. “I’m so sorry to be late. What’s left?”
“A casual outfit and a dress and jacket that the girls have been having trouble getting on.” replies Midge.
“Fine, I’ll put the casual outfit on, you change into the other one. ” Jan decides.
Midge had planned on wearing that outfit herself if she had to model. “Wouldn’t you rather wear the dress, it’s more your style.” she suggests.
Jan vetoes that idea. “If they couldn’t get it on nor will I, fingernails.” she informs Midge. ” You have short nails.”
Midge sighs and goes off to get changed.
Midge does struggle with the jacket which has very tight sleeves but manages to get it on and reappears looking a little flushed and dishevelled.
Finally it’s all over and Jan persuades Dennis to take the group photo before he heads off to his football match.