Another charity fashion show hit

Student Jack merriman shows some model-like attitude on the catwalk. (Photo: Alan Richardson)
Student Jack merriman shows some model-like attitude on the catwalk. (Photo: Alan Richardson)

For more than two decades it has been a highlight of the student calendar - and this year’s St Andrews Charity Fashion Show was no exception.

The 2015 show saw around 1000 students attend the show and after-party in a marquee on Lower College Lawn.

As you would expect of the largest and most successful student-run event in the UK, it is a slickly run operation that has all the pizzazz of the catwalk shows of Paris, London or New York.

Champagne flowed and the audience were as stylish as their front row counterparts at any top show.

But there is more to the St Andrews event - known as FS - than meets the eye.

FS2015 continued the tradition of combing the authority of well-known designers with the creative talents of the country’s top design students, both on the catwalk and throughout the build-up to the event.

And it is all in the name of charity.

Since 1991, it has raised more than £380,000, previously supporting St Andrews-based global charity Worldwide Cancer Research but this year partnering It’s Good 2 Give.

The Edinburgh charity supports young people with cancer and their families and in the long term, aims is to raise £1 million to fund the building of a purpose-built respite house for young people and their families affected by cancer. Families will be able to use it for a short break together.

Each year, the fashion show is also the culmination of its Young Designer Award.

Five shortlisted competitors have an intensive ten-week design session, during which each produces five original pieces as a runway collection.

Designers have a huge scope to push themselves outside the focus of their graduate collections and produce something completely unique.

The young designers then see their creations debuted in front of the world’s press as they feature on the FS catwalk alongside award-winning British and international fashion houses.

This year’s winner was Nicole Wells.

Of course, the student models also follow in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cambridge

As plain Kate Middleton, she sashayed down the catwalk in 2002 in at least one revealing outfit at the town’s other student fashion show, Don’t Walk, while the young student Prince William was in the front row.

This year’s Don’t Walk show is on Saturday, February 28 at Kinkell Byre, St Andrews.