87th Lissara Girls’ Brigade - B.R.E.A.D. Fashion Show

Wednesday 19 March saw the culmination of many months of hard work as Lissara Girls’ Brigade hosted a Charity Fashion Show by Ginger Jay of Saintfield.

Ginger Jay takes pride in providing two floors of quite different styles and a host of carefully selected brand names to suit a wide range of clientele from their premises at Fairview, Saintfield where they occupy one of the oldest and most charming buildings in Saintfield, which dates back to the 1700’s.

Hannah English (GB Officer),  Lynda Nelson (GB Officer), Elizabeth Patterson (GB Captain),
Kate Beattie (Commere) and Jayne Crosby (Owner – Ginger Jay)

Jayne Crosby, the owner, travels to London, Barcelona, Paris and Dublin to ensure that Ginger Jay Fashion House is filled with wearable fashions with innovative and individual designs to suit all ages, budgets and sizes ranging from 6 - 20.

During the evening the church hall was packed to capacity and the atmosphere throughout the whole evening was happy and supportive. The event was very much a ‘family’ affair with the models including four GB Brigaders, two Associate Members, five Officers, two parents and a friend.

Also supporting the event was Tracey from Shear Madness in Crossgar who styled the models hair and Joanna from The Wax Factor, who organised all the makeup. The models, all amateurs, were very ably supported on the catwalk by Jayne Crosby, her staff and family friends. During the show Jayne also gave a fashion forecast and some purchasing tips in a very novel presentation.

Hannah English then gave the audience a short presentation on the nominated charity and the projects they support. The event was planned by the GB Brigaders as part of their badge work for this year, where they had been focusing on fundraising and they chose a charity called B.R.E.A.D. (Biblical Rural Evangelism and Development) for Kenya and in particular its project which provides water tanks for homes in the very dry Tharakan area.

In the past few years a company in Nairobi has been manufacturing uPVC water tanks. These 2000 litre (500 gallon) water tanks are relatively cheap (£150 each mounted on a cement base), easily transported and are quickly installed in Tharakan homes.

Elizabeth Patterson, Capitan of the GB Company said, “The GB has already raised £321  and the proceeds from the fashion show will also be dedicated to the water tank project. This event has already raised in excess of £1400 with some more promised”. Elizabeth continued, “This was a wonderful response, it crowns an evening of fun with financial success and Lissara GB would like to take this opportunity to thank the large number of people who turned out to support this event, both by their presence and their donations."

Ginger Jay’s fashion forecast spring/summer 2008




Print is bigger than ever, literally! Florals have made a come back both with small dense patterns and also larger prints - in fact a lot of fabrics have combined both these looks. Retro prints and spots also feature heavily and in this seasons most popular shades they are a must to update your wardrobe. This is done most effectively and easily with single pieces such as a coat or jacket that can be worn over more classic pieces for an instant update





Detail & accessories:

Fashion statements are in the form of accessories - brooches are back, worn anywhere from neck, shoulder to waist. Belts are another must have and will instantly update previous seasons smock style tops and dresses. Tights are also huge for this season and next, with colours getting brighter and prints getting bolder. Handbags, as ever, are a must have with colours and fabrics set for a huge transformation. Watch out for bags made with recycled materials, unique shapes and quirky features.







Look out for ruffles, layers and pocket details on dresses and tops. Lengths - anything goes - from mini, maxi and everything in between! High waisted trousers are here to stay both this season and next, with styles including both slim and wide legs. Relax in easy to wear styles belted for shape, worn as a dress for those amongst us prepared to bare our fuzzy legs or over slim or wide legged trousers. Organic fairtrade cotton is coming to the forefront with buyers increasingly aware of the effect of their purchases. Watch out for locally produced designs and fabrics.







Best described as an explosion in a paint factory, colour is huge this season with bright bold pinks, red, purples and aqua’s leading the way, teamed and tamed with silver, white and navy. This look is contrasted later in the season with high summer shades of romantic nude pinks, creams and light coffee colours (arriving at Ginger Jay in April). As ever, and as safe as houses, is black and white. Taking on a softer side this season, black and white is less edgy with florals and abstract prints. Team with a flash of colour in the form of a bag, shoe or jewellery for an overall classy, timeless and easy to wear look.