Having a ball at the Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show


Alison with Beverly Craven Well, it was the cinema last week with superstars on the big screen but this week it was the real thing! Breast Cancer Care's Annual Fashion Show at the Grosvenor Hotel, which we – QVC – are the official broadcaster of!

One show, 24 models, one purpose – that was the motivational line that brought so many stars to the event to see 24 women, either suffering with or having survived breast cancer. These 23 women and one man were amazing! Truly. 

They walked tall on the catwalk wearing the most fabulous fashion, themed to music, and knocked the socks of what the others do in Paris Milan and New York. For some of the girls, who've undergone major surgery and are still having treatment, it was a very long day but the look on their faces as they gained confidence was priceless.

There were smiles and tears but overall an incredible feeling of wellbeing, hope and happiness. Best of all, you'll be able to see some of the show next Thursday evening between 7pm and 10pm when Dale and I bring you the 8th Be Aware Show you Care Fundraiser, so make sure you join us, cos we need your money and your support badly to raise even more money for Breast Cancer Care.

Dale was with me to see the celebs arrive and we even had our photographs taken with a few of them! I thought you might like to see Darren and Lilia from Strictly Come Dancing (photo below) so I snapped them as they stood by the Press Wall.

Darren and Lilia from Strictly Come Dancing A highlight for me was meeting Beverley Craven (photo above) whose album Promise Me I played so many times that I swear the CD became transparent! She's even more beautiful in the flesh than you see here, and she sang and played for us later on in the night. I spent a little time talking to her and was delighted when she told me that she loves Diamonique and wears the jewellery when she's on tour. 

Her new album Close to Home is incredible… I played it on my way home from work last night and the lyrics and music are just perfect. Soft and haunting, smooth yet ironic – all those things – and several tracks brought me to tears they were so lovely. A must for your Christmas present list. 

Now I have a big ask of you! Obviously next Thursday is a really big night for us all here, and we want to raise as much money as possible. So I was hoping you'll be able to help me choose which dress to wear for the occasion. Ali Young – egg sandwich in one hand, camera in the other – took these pictures of me in each of the three options I've got, so it'd great if you could tell me which one you think I should wear? By the way, Ali was sitting down so that's why I look so tall, although I was standing on tip toes!

Just put A B or C in the message box and then I can count them up on Wednesday and make the decision. That's really kind, thank you. Look forward to hearing from you, and I hope you a great weekend.

Love Ali xx

P.S. They are ordered A, B and C from left to right.
Alison in a green and purple dress (A)
Alison in a pink and black dress (B)
Alison in a black dress (C)



  1. Nicola Rippon October 9, 2009 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

    I’d pick dress C. While the others look lovely that one is so gorgeous! Sophisticated too!

  2. Jackie Waterhouse October 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    C You look lovely in them all, but I prefer the black one. Jackiex

  3. kath October 9, 2009 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    dress A, oh so gorgeous and very trendy at the moment, you look stunning!

  4. Karen Kneen October 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    All look great on you but B is my favorite as it has elegance and personality with the splash of colour and think it stands out in a good way

  5. allison lowery October 9, 2009 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    hi ali definetely a ,you look stunning
    also i would just like to say youre hair looks beautiful up friday 9th october

  6. Eileen Sharkey October 9, 2009 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Dress C is stunning!! I think you should wear it with the Dreamkeeper wrap in the champagne colour that suited you so much on Thursday evening.
    Eileen from
    Ayr Scotland

  7. penny willis October 9, 2009 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    B please Alli

  8. Gaynor McKinley October 9, 2009 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    I prefer B. A bit of colour is always nice.
    G, Belfast

  9. Linda Quinn October 9, 2009 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    B is by far the most glamorous and flattering,C is ok but sorry Ali A is way too fussy.

  10. Marg October 9, 2009 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    ( B) suit the neckline best.

  11. Steven October 9, 2009 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison as Jackie says you look gorgeous in all of them. I would say C too though if pushed. You looked sensational with Beverley too xx

  12. dorothy young October 9, 2009 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    hi alison
    since its breast cancer night i would wear B you look great in it, and the pink on the dress is symbol of breast cancer care.
    love dorothy x

  13. Pam Richardson October 9, 2009 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    I would pick dress c it is very simple but elegant.

  14. Nikki England October 9, 2009 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    They are all really nice, but my choice would be B

  15. Karen Gardner October 9, 2009 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    Dress A or B. x

  16. Barbara Burt October 9, 2009 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    I like you in A really different and think you look great!
    Go for it.

  17. Rhonda October 9, 2009 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    A just becasue its different, and beautiful.

  18. Margaret Kay October 9, 2009 at 7:19 pm -  Reply


  19. Ann Davidson October 9, 2009 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

    I really think A is the way to go, I love the colours and the flow of the dress, looks comfy too if it is going to be a long night.
    Also the colours give a wide scope for accessories and jewellery.
    All three are beautiful, difficult choice.
    Have a great night
    Hugs Ann

  20. Kim Tompkinson October 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm -  Reply


  21. Janine Bonser October 9, 2009 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    I think dress A, it’s got a bit more ‘va va voom’

  22. Kim Tompkinson October 9, 2009 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    id pick dress c because it is a classic style. Kim x

  23. Lesley October 9, 2009 at 9:07 pm -  Reply


  24. Maureen MacTaggart October 9, 2009 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    A Yes you look absolutely super in them all but I prefer A.

  25. Barbara Gardner October 9, 2009 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

    ‘A’ It’s beautiful

  26. Sandy October 9, 2009 at 10:14 pm -  Reply

    LOvely dresses, but I think you should wear Dress B, shot of pink for the occasion x

  27. WILMA October 9, 2009 at 10:19 pm -  Reply


  28. jackie neill October 9, 2009 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

    dress a its perfect and just you. love jackie xx

  29. tracy bayliss October 9, 2009 at 10:48 pm -  Reply

    i really like c but am going for B as it is more unusual;)

  30. Tracey Hunter October 9, 2009 at 11:14 pm -  Reply


  31. gill graham October 10, 2009 at 8:30 am -  Reply

    B Ali, you look stunning in all of them ,but B is classical with pizzaz. Gillxx

  32. Julie October 10, 2009 at 8:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I think B as we all think of the colour pink to represent Breast Cancer-plus you look fab in it!
    Take Care

  33. Val Brown October 10, 2009 at 9:00 am -  Reply

    I love B the pink and black dress, it really suits your colouring. First time I have made a comment on this site and wanted to ask you a question.
    I have bought the tahitian pearl bracelet with black diamonds, like you were wearing on 8th Oct INC 6th Aniv. What were the earing you were wearing with them. They looked like golden drop pearls. Val

  34. sue cooper October 10, 2009 at 9:59 am -  Reply

    I think you look great in dress c

  35. Rhona Fenton October 10, 2009 at 10:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, this is hard I can’t make my mind up either A or C, you have such an amazing body it wouldn’t mater what you ware, but I feel C for the evening as it is Gorgeous with some Diamonique added maybe? either A or C Alison you look Beautiful in both, see you thursday love Rhona xx

  36. jue October 10, 2009 at 10:31 am -  Reply

    a – nice and fancy

  37. alison keenan October 10, 2009 at 10:50 am -  Reply

    Thanks so much Nicola! Looks the favourite at the moment – was Colin’s choice too! Hope you are able to join Dale, me, Claudia, Craig – infact so many of us – on the night. It should be a corker 🙂 Ali x

  38. alison keenan October 10, 2009 at 10:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie – thank you! It is a lovely dress to wear so I’ll wait and see what transpires by Wednesday! Will have to get new shoes if this is the one! Hope all’s well with you and you have a good weekend. Ali x

  39. Kim October 10, 2009 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I too would pick dress C. Gorgeous!

  40. Kim Egan October 10, 2009 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

    All are lovely, but I go for dress C.

  41. Lorraine October 10, 2009 at 1:07 pm -  Reply

    A it is soooooooooo unusual and lovely

  42. ELIZABETH McMILLAN October 10, 2009 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    B is beautiful and meant just for you.
    PS Do yo have a favourite?

  43. valerie blake October 10, 2009 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    I have to say dress C. It is such a flattering style and makes you look a million dollars.Have a great evening.

  44. Annette October 10, 2009 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Dress C looks the nicest thought they all look rather fab!

  45. carol October 10, 2009 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    hi,alison,love all your presentations on qvc,i prefer you in dress a but you look good in them all lots of love and keep up the good workxxx

  46. lynn emmitt October 10, 2009 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    c,you look stunning,in this one.

  47. Rhona Fenton October 10, 2009 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    But I do still love Dress A you look Beautiful in that one some help I am eh, its so unusual what a Beautiful dress I do like something thats a little different 🙂 love Rhona xx

  48. elaine gamble October 10, 2009 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    You look fab in all three, but the idea is to pick just one. So I will pick A as it is the most unusual of the three. Have a wonderful time, a great opportunity in meeting some very brave people.
    Elaine Gamble

  49. LILLIAN DAVIES October 10, 2009 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Very HARD! to chose?? BUT i like 3, VERY elegent SEXY & VERY you!!

  50. lynn October 10, 2009 at 8:45 pm -  Reply


  51. lynn October 10, 2009 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

    dress A, def a party dress!!!!

  52. Liz October 10, 2009 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    C the black dress
    Alison – absolutely beautiful, you and the dress both!
    You’ll look stunning whatever you decide to wear.

  53. Magda Chetty October 10, 2009 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Me too I think C is the best.
    A is just not you.

  54. Margaret October 11, 2009 at 12:44 am -  Reply

    Go for B its stunning.

  55. stephanie smith October 11, 2009 at 8:00 am -  Reply

    c you look so elegant stephaniex

  56. Julie Ann Roberts October 11, 2009 at 9:02 am -  Reply

    B is gorgeous!

  57. elizabeth. October 11, 2009 at 9:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison i love you in dress A,you look really beautiful.

  58. Charmaine Lynch October 11, 2009 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    You look great in them all but I think (B) is the best

  59. Mrs S Smith October 11, 2009 at 12:08 pm -  Reply

    you look wonderful in all of them but I like B best

  60. Betsy Self October 11, 2009 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    Much prefer B

  61. Joanna Downey October 11, 2009 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    Alison you look fab, as always, and I think dress B is the one! Jo x

  62. babytiger October 11, 2009 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

    you look amazing in c it is so classy just like you. have a fabulous evening.xx from baby tiger . october 11th.

  63. Mrs L Hambleton October 11, 2009 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, you look lovely in all 3, but I like the first one best letter A. Hope to be watching, it is always a good night but a rush to buy the products. Have fun it is for such a good cause. Love to everyone.

  64. Kelly October 11, 2009 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    c js great but b makes it a bit funky and young dare i say!

  65. pauline October 11, 2009 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    hi i think you are great, always a very pleasant person and you make me laugh too, i think you should wear the one in picture ( A ) its very different and not run of the mill. you will look fab in this one.all the best from polx

  66. Sue Bedford October 11, 2009 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    The black one for sure, you look lovely in it. Have a great night. Sue B

  67. linda sellman October 11, 2009 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Dress b is the best makes you look taller lol

  68. Georgina Paris October 11, 2009 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    I’d pick dress C too…i know its the plainest but it is the most classic and makes you look the most glamorous!

  69. Amanda October 11, 2009 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    I would choose dress B

  70. Lou October 11, 2009 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    I vote for A – Gorgeous! (The others are of course beautiful too but A is definitely my fave!)
    Fingers crossed for a fab night and lots of money being raised for such a wonderful cause! Lou 🙂 X

  71. rebecca October 11, 2009 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    hi alison i think you look great in all three but i like c rebecca x

  72. Irma Hose October 11, 2009 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    Wear Dress C, it’s very sophisticated and elegant.

  73. Jacqueline Thomson October 12, 2009 at 2:01 am -  Reply

    I prefer dress A – very Carrie Bradshaw!!!

  74. Kiu October 12, 2009 at 10:32 am -  Reply

    dress B

  75. Elaine Sallis October 12, 2009 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    Dress C is gorgeous but you look lovely in all of them

  76. Julie October 12, 2009 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    No question B-it represents Breast Cancer with the lovely colours!
    And of course you look fab! I’ve never seen a blog get so much response-popular girl!

  77. Vicky October 12, 2009 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    b It really suits you

  78. siobhan October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    I think dress B is the nicest.. they’re all gorgeous but B is stunning…

  79. alison keenan October 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    Crikey – bless you all!!! With a little help I’ve added all those who have made a definite decision, and at the moment dress C is first, dress B is second and dress A is third….! Let’s see if that changes over the next few days. I’ll make the final count on Wednesday so I can choose my shoes! Thank you again, it’s made my day!
    Love Ali xx

  80. alison keenan October 12, 2009 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Val, so glad you got the pearl and black diamond bracelet – it was truly beautiful. The gold pearl drop earrings with 18k gold lever back fastenings have sadly sold out, but they may well return. If not, watch out for Honora Pearl shows on Friday and Saturday this week, as they have a fab variety of earrings and all other pearl jewellery. My brown and pink dress you chose seems to be quite a favourite and is the one I wore last Wednesday, so thank you for your vote. Love Alix

  81. alison keenan October 12, 2009 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, bless you for your indecision 🙂 You’re worse than me! Hope you’ll call in on Thursday. Love Ali x

  82. alison keenan October 12, 2009 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Alison for your kind comments about my hair – I too rather liked wearing it up, but not sure I could do it myself!
    May attempt it for the big night though. Thanks too for your choice! Let’s wait and see 🙂 Love Ali x

  83. alison keenan October 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    Eileen, great suggestion! I absolutely love that wrap, and really enjoyed the Dreamkeeper hour with Jennifer. Lovely to know you were watching 🙂 I look forward to your company on Thursday. Love Ali x

  84. alison keenan October 12, 2009 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Steven, thanks for your choice, and not only does Beverley Craven look lovely but her voice is still incredible. Hope you can join me on Thursday. Love Ali x

  85. alison keenan October 12, 2009 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    I would love to personally thank all of you, and will once I’ve done my count! But Janine ta for your suggestion of Diamonique jewellery and Dress A. Oh, and Anne – I love the va va voom element 🙂 X X

  86. alison keenan October 12, 2009 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    Elizabeth that’s a very good question!! I truly don’t know which is my favourite. I’ve worn all three once before and they all felt fab, but it’s sooooo difficult 🙂 C I wore years ago for my live broadcast from the Grosvenor for BCC… it still looks lovely now! I wore B the one with pink swirls on Wednesday, and A to the QVC Christmas party, so I have great memories of all of them…that’s why I need you to choose, and thank you for adding your vote. truly appreciated Ali xx

  87. Cindy Corrigan October 13, 2009 at 7:15 am -  Reply

    Dress A – different and fun!

  88. Janet October 13, 2009 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You look fab in all of them but I would choose B as it looks like there is some pink in this dress which seems appropriate for the night. x

  89. Zoe October 13, 2009 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, you look stunning in all of the frocks!
    I like B best of all, then C close behind that one and not too keen on A
    However you will look lovely whatever you choose!

  90. Pauline C October 13, 2009 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    Wear B Ali, you look fantastic in it, and like someone says it shows pink, the colour of breast cancer care.
    You always look fantastic in anything you wear.

  91. janice reeves October 13, 2009 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    I think dress C would be perfect, not to outshine any of the brave women who have beaten this awful illness, and as always you will look fabxxxx

  92. jeannie October 13, 2009 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    i like you in dress b

  93. Elizabeth Berti October 13, 2009 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    i think dress b is stunning colorful and happy you luke beautiful in it and it is a happy dress lots of colour and life just like you.I have just had surgery for breast cancer but I,m trying to be positive about it all.I get my results on friday.I love qvc and all the presenters I feel part of it when I watch you are all so friendly and down to earth I love you all. I,m quite an impulsive shopper I seem to want everything I see, from jewellery to fashion to skincare but a girl has got to realise she can,t always have what she wants.Thank you so much QVC and you Alison, please wear dress b it is so you, dynamic, powerful yet soft. love you lots .

  94. Samantha Allen October 14, 2009 at 1:10 am -  Reply

    Hi, dress B, I love the colour down the side, which I think ties in very nicely with it being Breast Cancer night, it looks very much like the Pink Ribbon Badge.
    Have a wonderful night Alison, I will be watching at home, and busily buying some gorgeous goodies too.
    Love to all for Thursday night,
    Samantha xxx

  95. June Coffey October 14, 2009 at 9:50 am -  Reply

    A looks stunning on you. Really girly and up to date
    Hugs June xxxx

  96. alison keenan October 14, 2009 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    Elizabeth, thank you so much for taking the time out to write to me. I have everything crossed for you for Friday, and I’m sure this is one thing you CAN have, positive results 🙂 Stay strong and keep believing. And on a very minor note, bearing in mind all you’re going through, Dress B won! I’ll look forward to knowing you’re the other side of the camera on Thursday night. Take good care, love Ali xx

  97. Kath October 14, 2009 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Dress A. You look real hot and sexy in that one.

  98. Emma Livingstone October 14, 2009 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    Definitely A – you’ll look beautiful Alison

  99. Michelle Killick October 14, 2009 at 10:19 pm -  Reply


  100. alison keenan October 15, 2009 at 10:20 am -  Reply

    I was going to write the results here, but I think it’s only fair I do it properly BLOG style, so all those of you who’ve been kind enough to take the time out can see the result…. and it’s taken a while to count them I can tell you 🙂
    Love Ali xx

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