Last Thursday at exactly 5pm I arrived at a very swanky event hosted by BGM Models at the Billich Gallery in The Rocks, Sydney. Gowns, art, champagne, harbour views and beautiful curvy women… how could I resist?
When I entered the gallery I was instantly struck by the beautiful light in the room and shape of the space. Paintings covered every inch of the walls and soft lights drew you deeper into the artworks. Enlarged portraits of BGM Model’s stars graced you upon entry, not to mention a crisp sweet glass of bubbles.
The evening wasn’t just about meeting beautiful women. I quickly realised that as guests we were witnessing a living art installation. The ladies were done up to the nines not just for the party but because they were having their portraits painted by Charles Billich himself.
As we milled about sipping our drinks, snacking on canapes and meeting new people, the first canvas of Billich’s brand new collection had started to come to life. All I wanted to do was sit and watch him paint. Charles and I met, shook hands between brush strokes and I felt lucky to be there. I just hope he didn’t see me blush or see how badly I wished I was being painted too. Wouldn’t it be magical to be painted?
The girls looked stunning in their dresses, you couldn’t help but to take photos of them while they were just standing around being utterly gorgeous or whilst draping themselves elegantly on the lounge.
Darrianne Donnelly of BGM Models made a wonderful speech that had everyone raising their glasses and made me proud to be a supporter of the plus size model industry in Australia.
The event was supported by elite make up artist Dean Nixon who was also promoting his new business “Master Makeup” and his first range of make up brushes. Before leaving guests were given a foundation brush to take home, I know I can’t wait to use mine.
I spent a wonderful couple of hours milling about at the party and I was honestly disappointed that I had to leave so soon with another event across town. I met a lot of people and had I not been so shy (or as easily distracted by social media) I’m sure I would have met more.
The last thing I heard as I walked out the door was the pianist playing his own rendition of “Mad World” and my heart sang.
Thank you BGM Models for inviting me along to the party, it was a special event that possessed many of my great loves: art, champagne, beautiful women and of course, dresses.