BENEFIT SHOW: Ruby Tuesday Matthews wearing a dress from Spell and Gypsy Collective. The label is one of many showing at the Penfold Family Fundraiser
BENEFIT SHOW: Ruby Tuesday Matthews wearing a dress from Spell and Gypsy Collective. The label is one of many showing at the Penfold Family Fundraiser Mel Carrero

Model behaviour at Farm

LOCAL designers are putting on a fashion show of unreleased collections for a fundraising event to help a local family pay medical bills.

Ashlea Penfold is a locally based fashion make-up artist who has worked with Australia's top models and labels as well as many of the designers from Byron Bay.

Husband Matt Penfold is currently undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease, and the couple's five-year-old autistic son Cove has ongoing medical costs.

When the local fashion community heard about the plight of the family, "they did what they do best, and decided to put on a fashion soiree", said Mel Carrero, the marketing manager for Spell and the Gypsy Collective.

The Farm in Byron is converting a barn for the show, while local labels, photographers, designers and accessory providers are collaborating for Friday's event.

Spell will show its new collection at the event, giving people a chance to see the designs two weeks before they are officially launched.

Other designers will be giving "exclusive sneak peeks" of their autumn and winter collections.As April was Autism Awareness Month, the Penfold family has also requested that 5% of proceeds be donated to an autism charity.

The Penfold Family Fundraiser at the Farm, 11 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay from 5pm tomorrow.