Verve is an annual charity fashion show organised by GSIS. This year's show, held on March 30, raised more than HK$200,000. The proceeds went to St James' Settlement, Orbis, Somaly Mam Foundation, and Bridge to China Charitable Foundation.
Organisers started their preparations last October and held auditions and rehearsals. Their aim was to make community service fun.
The word "verve" was chosen for the school's first charity fashion show in 2010 as it evokes a sense of excitement, vitality and energy.
For the fashion show, three teams - each comprising two students - and another four individual students worked as designers.
Gladys Leung, a student from Marymount Secondary School, was a member of a design team. She said the show had given her a chance to explore the world of fashion and make new friends.
"Before I joined Verve, I always stayed at home and was unfamiliar with the world outside. This experience definitely deepened my interest in designing," she said. "I hope to get more involved in fashion design in future."
Fashion design entails a lot of spontaneity, Gladys said. At first, she wanted to find a piece of cloth in the colours of a rainbow. In the end, she dyed a white cloth with acrylic paint.
Before the show, she also made minor changes to her designs.
The student models were very professional.
"My sister encouraged me to model," noted Caroline Rudolph, one of the models.
"Working for a charity fashion show is definitely a big bonus."
Caroline said one of the student designs were a bit over the top. Yet she wore them as if they were her Sunday best. "I don't think my feeling for a designer or a piece will affect my performance," she said. "Once you are on the runway, all you think about is not to trip or fall."
Apart from students' designs, models also showcased outfits from well-known brands. They ranged from casual beachwear to cocktail dresses to stylish bathrobes.
Another selling point of the show was its embrace of multiculturalism. Designs covered clothes from all around the world. North American cowboy outfits, old English costumes and Japanese kimonos had all served as inspiration for designs.
As a bonus, a student band provided funky beats live to spice up the show.
It was definitely a verve-filled evening!