Promising a “cacophony of Asian cultures”, this year’s Sitara event, Iridescence, expanded from its South Asian focus to include a multitude of cultures with the theme of iridescence signifying the bright lights of urban spaces across the continent. Held at the new venue of Lochaber Farm, out of town in the other direction from Kinkell, the marquee was far more decorated than other fashion events, with lit-up trees and an ice luge for drinks.
Following successful “Raja Haze” collaboration nights with shisha pipes in Mammacita’s, Sitara geared up for its show at its new venue – but missed a trick by not including a shisha section in the marquee. Though the show was less crowded than other similar events, whether this was from better use of the space than at FS or because of fewer ticket sales wasn’t clear. Even for the amount of guests that were there, the small amount of toilets left many guests left standing in the wind and rain, or at the mercy of the mud outside on the farm. That being said, the presence of a decent 3G service was welcome at an out-of-town event, and it was close enough to St Andrews that taxi rides weren’t exorbitantly-priced.
The show itself was spaced out with live performers: Sitara’s dancers and Jonathan Quow provided good interludes, and the music for the whole show was a resounding success. Headliner Anders, from Canada, took a little while to come out and perform at the afterparty, but local artists BPM succeeded in keeping the crowd dancing until the early hours when he came on. The show’s interlacing of the fashion with contemporary student and global designers meant that the show both captured the worldwide glamour of urban streetwear and student designers all at once. The at-first discordant combination of bagpipes and drums signalled the second half of the show, following an auction where prizes like afternoon tea and hotel stays all sold for unheard-of prices.
But where Sitara really shines is in its charity work, which, since 2014, has been in aid of SOS Children’s Village Multan, an NGO in Pakistan that helps over 180 children living in the village. Their work includes providing children a loving home, security, higher education and job-training to give these children the best possible platform in life, many coming from orphaned backgrounds.
Sitara’s fusion of cultures led to a fun, energetic show that balanced the music, dance, and fashion perfectly on the runway. Off the stage, logistical issues with the bathrooms, coat check, VIP shot ticket confusion and the headliner’s slow ascent to the stage meant that there were still things to be ironed out. However, overall it was a fun night out at Lochaber Farm, and the committee should be proud of the entertaining show and fantastic fashion they showcased.
Photos courtesy of Concrete Catwalk St Andrews.