BLACK Cats players stripped off to don designer threads for a fashion spectacular.
Midfielders Jack Rodwell and Jordi Gomez were suited and booted by retailers from intuMetrocentre in preparation for SAFC’s annual catwalk show.
Each year, members of the first team strut their stuff and raise tens of thousands of pounds for the club’s charity, the Foundation of Light.
England international Jack and Spanish midfielder Jordi will be making their Fashion Strikes debut, at the Stadium of Light on Monday, November 24.
They visited Tessuti to try on outfits by Hugo Boss, Armani Jeans, True Religion and Canada Goose.
Jack said: “This will be my first time doing Fashion Strikes, but the other lads have been giving me tips. They’ve said ‘it’s a good laugh, just enjoy it and be yourself’.
“I’ve heard about the Foundation and the amazing work they’ve been doing over the past seven or eight years, and it’s really important that we have that presence in the community.”
Speaking about North East fashion sense, Jack added: “I wouldn’t say I’m a fashionista, but I do like to shop. I’ve been to the Metrocentre a few times and there’s some good shops here.”
Jordi said: “The fashion show should be good fun.
“I’m happy to be part of this thing and to meet fans on the night. It should be a good night.”
This year’s fashion show is carnival-themed and will help to fund the charity’s life-changing projects across the city and beyond.
Michaela Dale, from the shopping centre’s style team, will be dressing the players and models in 70 outfits on the big night.
“The theme is vintage carnival, so we’ll be reflecting that in the outfits with reds, golds, stripes and spots,” she said.
“The players will be wearing casual and evening wear and will have about four changes each.
“It was a great event last year and the guys certainly enter into the spirit of things.”
As well as seeing their footballing heroes take to the catwalk, guests will be treated to carnival games and activities, a gourmet meal and musical acts.
SAFC players will also be hosting VIP tables.
Jemma Garrett, events co-ordinator at Foundation of Light, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming guests to what promises to be a really fun fashion event with this year’s theme, giving us the opportunity to bring all the fun of the fair to the Stadium of Light.”
• Tickets for the Fashion Strikes event cost £125 each, or £1,000 for a table of 10. For tickets telephone 551 5153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.