of February sees St Andrews put on their yearly charity fashion show. It is the biggest student-run fashion show in the UK with
designers such as Nicole Farhi and William Tempest on the catwalk, as well as the
winner of the Alfa Romeo Young Designer competition. All the proceeds
go to the charity, Muir Maxwell Trust,
a trust that aims to raise money for young sufferers of epilepsy.
Sadly I am unable to attend this year, but I thought I’d post the summary of my experience of last years wonderful event….
Videos of the night … coming soon.!
night I arrived home after an epic 8 hour train journey from Leuchers
in Scotland. The first hour I had found myself forced to stand and
sandwiched between rowdy rugby supporters with the lovely whiff of the
train toilet helping to make the experience even more pleasurable ( I
know it can be hard to sense tone in text but please detect my intense
sarcasm here). After a hellish hour with the hangover drum relentlessly
banging the hoards departed the train and I was able to crawl to a seat.
then had time to reflect on the night before, my morning grumpiness
elevated instantly…. what a cracking night the team put on at St
Some of you may have heard of the event due to the fact
that our future Queen Katherine Middleton once participated as a model
in a show while studying at the University. It has been reported that
Will first spotted her beauty when she strutted her stuff on the
catwalk….. thus the event has become a place of romantic legend.
year the nominated charity would be Trekstock.Regular readers of this
blog will have heard about this particular charity numerous times
through the tremendous fashion/music events that their founder and
director Sophie Epstone has put on.Via these creative industries they
engage with the public, raising awareness and funds for cancers
affecting young people.
had left my home in Surrey at 7am to make it to Leuchers with just
enough time to get my bearings and freshen up before heading to the
Lower College Hall. The impressive building would play host to the
champagne reception where we would see the first ever winner of the
Alfa Romeo Young Designer Award crowned. Attendees included judges Percy
Parker and Amy Molyneaux of PPQ( who was sporting extremely cool
vibrant red hair) and Alex, the stunning former winner of Britains Next Top Model.
announced and I had time to say a quick hello to Kitty (aka Style
Slicker),who looked resplendent in a structured peach dress, before
tottering tentatively over the cobbles for a superhero-quick change of
in my pink and white Olivia Rubin dress I made it just in time to jump
in the last courtesy car that would take me to the huge marquee
containing the reveling students, VIPS and an undoubtedly manic catwalk
The lovely Jess from the St Andrews Press team
maintained her role as the perfect host, making sure myself and the
other journalists including some lovely ladies from Tatler and Scotlands
No.1 magazine were seated and refreshed with champagne a-plenty.
a little wait and a subtle parouse of the generous goodie bag the show
kicked off, the DJ’s pumping beats signaling the beginning of what would
be an impressive and varied display of fashion…
student designs some of my personal favourite designers had garments
grace the catwalk including the aforementioned PPQ, William Tempest and
Once the catwalk show was over it was time for a spend
fest with the auction that would see the students and guests bidding on
an array of desirable lots including a Take That song-sheet ( something I
would secretly love to own).
After a jaw dropping amount of cash
was donated to the worthy cause the party quickly shifted to the
‘party’ tent where DJ Sebastian Drums was dropping tune after tune for
the now quite ‘festive’ crowd. After a good few hours of boogying with
my new friends I left to scoff some St Andrews Curry and Chips ( classy
huh) before heading home to bed.
The amount of work that must
have gone into putting on a show of such quality and size is absolutely
mind blowing and the whole team deserve a massive pat on the back and a
well earned rest!!
Thanks to Jamie for the kind invite and a massive congratulations to all involved!