You know that there’s some kind of surprise awaiting you when you’ve been invited to a student fashion show in a barn in Scotland. Suffice to say this past weekend I was absolutely stunned at the level of creativity and organization presented to me. The DONT WALK Charity Fashion Show recently held its 13 th annual performance 20 minutes south of the University of St Andrews at the Bow House, in St Monans, Scotland. As Horst and Edeltraut’s Gabrielle Berlin attended the event in 2012, it’s nice to point out some of the things thathave changed. Last year, DW raised £ 23,000 alone for the Non-Violence Project. This year, with their large largest audience yet, DW Has decided to split their proceeds between two equally inspiring charities, the African Network Against Illiteracy, Conflict and Human Rights Abuse (ANICHRA), based in Cameroon, and the Coalition for Work with Psychotrauma and Peace (CWWPP) in Croatia.
And while the charities change every year, this is the first time since it’s foundation that DW has moved to a new venue. Kirsten Hantho, co-director of the event, commented that “a new venue opened our minds to new ideas and this will always be important to DONT WALK. There was a certain degree of risk involved but we have no regrets. We are immensely proud.” They have every reason to be. Creative Director Alina Abouelenin took no shortcuts projecting the spirit of DW and their chosen charities in all the aspects of the show. The photoshoots throughout the year reflected elements of the charities and even the tablecloths on the tables displayed photographs of both Cameroon and Croatia.
Just as international as the charities are, the fashion displayed at the event represented designers from every corner of the globe. Here’s a couple of snapshots of some of my favorite designers shown this year:
This designer hailing from the Ukraine strikes an edgy aesthetic while staying true to the natural contour of the female form.
As displayed in the notorious second half of the show (the lingerie section), MOEVA takes the crown for finest swimwear displayed. This London-based brand creates artistic, yet functional swimwear that only the boldest of bathers can get away with.
All the way from Brooklyn, IIA is taking over the town of St Andrews. Their logo is quickly becoming commonplace to all the students in this small Scottish town and is showing great promise for both men’s and women’s accessories.
Overall, the show was nothing short of a complete success. Horst and Edeltraut is very excited to see what DONT WALK will show us in 2015.