I admit it, I entered the Union hesitantly. Given the current renovations, I was skeptical as to how Venue 1 was going to be transformed into the scene of a fashion show. On walking in, my ears tuned in to the upbeat sound of The Accidentals, one of St Andrews’ award-winning a cappella groups. But from the moment the serenade became audible as we stepped inside, the contagious energy of the evening was quickly felt. Turning the corner into Venue 1 I was impressed, to say the least, by the transformation. They had done an incredible job with a not-so-incredible venue, and a friend visiting from out of town was equally in awe. A makeshift bar was set up on the right, and the VIP tables were abundantly decorated with colourful surprises, down to the very last detail of jars of sweets with handwritten labels saying ‘eat me,’ (an Alice in Wonderland reference, for all you Lit. fans). Colourful tablecloths embodied the theme “Life in Print,” fresh flowers in vases, sparkling perry and bottles of Barefoot Wine adorned the tables, along with goodie bags for each guest.
The goodie bags did not disappoint, with numerous vouchers for local shops and restaurants, packets of Tunnocks Caramel Wafers, and trinkets in the shape of notebooks, pens, and packs of gum. In addition, not to leave their stadium-seated guests feeling left out, vouchers and a pack of sweets awaited them upon sitting down. As the evening progressed and guests filled their seats, the start was positive, leaving me wondering why I had never attended in previous years.
Though the show was late to start, guests did not seem to mind. People were happily mingling, satisfied with the drinks provided on the tables and available at the bar. When the show finally began, it was to enthusiastic cheers as models dressed in black lined up single file down the catwalk. People quickly left their seats to get close-up views, and the tables were soon abandoned. St Andrews’ most famous female DJ, April Vellacott, won the crowd over instantaneously with wild cheers as she began her set, keeping the energy of the show consistent throughout the night.
As the show progressed, models displayed clothes embodying the theme ‘Life in Print’ from a wide range of brands, mixing local with more well established international brands. St Andrews brands such as Elizabeth May were included, as well as the likes of Joules and Anthropologie. The energy of both the crowd and the models seemed to be on a steady incline, reaching an all-time high with raucous cheers accompanying the underwear line, and verging on the out-of-hand with bottles of sparkling beverages sprayed and several smashed glasses on the runway. But hey, what’s a fashion show without a few broken champagne bottles?
As the show drew to a close, the night, it seemed, was just beginning. Guests were given wristbands for an ‘official after party’ at The Vic, where admiring attendees could gawk and mingle with the models and committee. It is safe to say I am regretting not having been in previous years, as it was a night well worth attending, and definitely more affordable than most St Andrews events at £15 (not including V.I.P. tickets). There is no doubt about it – CATWALK 2014 was a success, thanks to the obvious hard work of the student committee. It was a phenomenal end to RAG week, with the additional satisfaction that all of the ticket money from the sold-out event goes towards the three nominated charities: Doctors Without Borders, Macmillan Cancer Support, and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.
Well done CATWALK –you exceeded expectations and kicked off second semester with a bang. Those hoping to steal the coveted position of highlight of the semester will have a way to go, it seems. DON’T WALK and FS might have some tough new competition.
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