To celebrate their third year, the St Andrews student fashion blog Concrete Catwalk transformed The Adamson into a 1920’s speakeasy for a night of themed cocktails, music and fashion. The 20’s atmosphere was created mostly due to the guests rather than from any excess of decoration. Other than generic party décor like confetti, taped to the bar were signs that read ‘gangster speakeasy’ and a themed cardboard cutout in the back provided a great photo op. Upon entering, you were so overwhelmed by girls in fur coats and pearls and boys in suits and tie pins that the minimal decoration was easily forgotten.
It might be a case of watching a little too much Gossip Girl in my library breaks, but in the last few weeks I have been itching for the opportunity for a proper dress up. To don a pair of heels and an outfit that would fit in at neither a ball or the union. An outfit I could lift straight from Vogue and walk around St Andrews without a hint of overdressed embarrassment. Concrete Catwalk’s ‘Darker Nights’ provided the ideal opportunity for just that. On entering The Adamson, I found myself surrounded with a crowd of fellow fashion obsessives who not only embraced my Manrepeller outfit, but complimented it. And all with a cocktail in hand.
Concrete Catwalk is slowly building up a reputation for some of the most stylish nights out in St. Andrews. This Tuesday played host to ‘White Out’, Concrete Catwalks second event of the year. The event soared very much under my radar, Concrete Catwalk has a unique way of filling their events with their fashionable fans. If you don’t follow their Facebook page or sartorially stalk one of their committee members, you could easily have missed the invite. Luckily at the last minute I spotted the event, spending Tuesday evening dressed up to the nines, ready to welcome spring to sunny Scotland, there seemed no better way to celebrate the end of essay deadlines.
It’s hard to believe that Concrete Catwalk has only been around for a year. The idea for it started the summer before last with Jamilah, the founder, looking to create something a little more inclusive in St. Andrews: ‘I wanted something that everyone could be on and could showcase the amazing style St. Andrew’s has’. In one year they have achieved 1,636 likes on Facebook, and become a household name in St. Andrews, and last Tuesday was their opportunity to celebrate!