photo: Ayman Barayez
Spring is around the corner and the time has come to bring our wardrobes up to speed. So when I heard that the Italian Embassy was organising two fashion shows showcasing the Spring and Summer Collection 2005 of that inspired Italian designer Raffaella Curiel I braved the last of this winter's cold and headed for the catwalk.
The first show was held at the Air Forces House under the auspices of Mrs Suzanne Mubarak and was attended by Minister of Social Insurance Amina El-Guindi, Mrs Ahmed Nazif the prime minister's wife and Laila Moussa, wife of the Arab League secretary-general.
This is not to mention actor and former director of Cairo International Film Festival Hussein Fahmi, actresses Youssra, Mervat Amin, Mona Zaki and her husband comedian Ahmed Helmi as well as Rotana Satellite Channel director and TV presenter Hala Sarhan.
Sixty gowns were shown off to their best advantage by 12 Egyptian and Italian models and we could all indulge without a pang of guilt as the entire cachet went to the Egyptian Red Cross.
The second show was held at the residence of the Italian Ambassador Antonio Badini in Garden City and graced by the music of the Italian jazz quintet Enzo Scoppa. The money raised from the charity event was donated in its entirety to the Italian hospital -- Umberto I -- in Egypt.