After a year-long hiatus, Catwalk is back. RAG Week’s Fashion show was held in Club 601, whose construction last academic year was the cause of the fashion show being cancelled. That, however, led to two things- St. Andrews’ newest club, and a much heightened sense of anticipation for this year’s show, which did not fail to disappoint. The darkened interior of 601 was transformed with strobe lights and smoke machines, a runway taking pride of place in the centre.
After a yearlong hiatus, Catwalk is back with a vengeance and in anticipation of its revival, I caught up with 1st year model and creative team member Jessica Wooninck and sabbatical student model Chris MacRae, to find out a bit about the inner workings of the first fashion show of the St. Andrew’s season.
It was an evening which combined the two things that St. Andrews students just can’t seem to get enough of: Gumboots, wellies or Wellington boots by any other name, and balls. Welly Ball is organised in conjunction with the St. Andrews Challenge, a clay pigeon shooting competition which brings together shooters from all over the country. The after-party was preceded by a two-course dinner, and was held in the beautiful and picturesque Kinkell Byre, a mere coach ride away from St. Andrews, which swelled the number of guests from 500 to 750. Eden Mill Distillery and Emily Fruit Crisps sponsored the event and proceeds from the event went to the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.
Welly Ball; the night of the year where the two things that St. Andrews loves so much are combined to make one perfect evening. As the official after party to the St Andrews Clay Pigeon shoot, this is a Ball with a difference. The attendees can ditch the stilettos, brogues and any other items of appropriate formal footwear, as (you’ve guessed it), the foot dress code is the Wellington boot, from Hunters to Joules in all colours of the rainbow. The evening is divided into a dinner and an after party, with 750 and 800 guests respectively, and this year’s headline act is “Model Aeroplanes”, with “The Black Sheep Music Society”, “Ali Ellis” and “Joe Jones” also performing. This year the event is being sponsored by Eden Mill Distillery and Emily Fruit Crisps and being held at Kinkell Byre which boats a beautiful and dramatic view of St. Andrews Bay and the North Sea, if you can drag yourself away from the dance floor long enough to look at it. With all proceeds going to the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, the evening promises the opportunity to eat, drink and be merry into the small hours in true St. Andrews style.
Two marriage proposals, one marginally more successful than the other, a horrifying motor death, but (most importantly) a new puppy!
Familiar faces were back at the Abbey in this week’s Downton, some more welcome than others.