St Andrews' Dont Walk fashion show ready to roll

ASPIRING models from the student community of St Andrews University are getting ready for the Dont Walk fashion show next month.

Prince William's girlfriend, Kate Middleton, has graced the catwalk of the event which continues to enjoy a high profile among fashionistas and beautiful people.

However, the show — once again being staged at Kinkell Farm, outside St Andrews, on March 14 — also offers students an opportunity to raise money and awareness for a diverse range of causes about which they care deeply.

Spokeswoman Abbie Taylor told the Citizen this week: ''Since it started in 2001, the show's 'big deal' status has shocked everyone — including us.

''For the past seven years both the national and international press have descended on St Andrews and Dont Walk 2008 promises to be hotter than ever.''

Once again the highly-professional show will feature the creations of up-and-coming designers, and a plethora of student fashions, as part of an entertainment cornucopea which will also feature magnums of champagne on VIP tables, waitress service during the show, hot dancers, music and goody bags including gifts from Tori Burch, Body Shop and Starbucks, among others.

Previous supporters of the show have included Yves Saint Laurent, Kate Moss, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Jack Vettriano, Claudia Schiffer and Alan Rickman.

Causes being supported this year are Opportunity International and The Helen Feather Memorial Trust.

The first, a micro-enterprise development organisation, was founded in 1971 by two businessmen on two different continents, in search of a long-term solution to the problem of poverty.

Opportunity International's mission is to help people to help themselves and to transform their own lives while retaining their integrity. The charity creates jobs, stimulates small businesses and strengthens communities.

The Helen Feather Trust was established in 2002 in memory of a brave girl who died after an enormous battle with cancer.

It's aim is to support people with the illness and to raise money for carefully selected cancer research projects.

Abbie explained: ''Dont Walk believes these are particularly worthwhile charities as the money goes directly to the people who need it most.''