For many of you first years reading this, you’ll have no idea what DON’T WALK is (unless you read my handy guide to the year in The Saint’s Freshers Magazine). For those who don’t know, it’s one of the most impressive, most exclusive and most decadent of fashion shows that happen every year in second semester.
Like many of the other fashion shows, their main aim behind events is to raise money for worthwhile charities. This year’s choices are Robin Hood – a New York-based charity established to fight poverty in the cities poorest neighbourhood, and Families First St Andrews – a local charity that focuses on aiding young families that need a little extra help. In order to spread awareness for these causes as well as the upcoming show, the committee launched their website last week which you can easily find on their Facebook or Instagram page.
So far this semester they’ve been boosting interest in the show by hosting club nights at the Vic. This gave them ample opportunity to bring out this year’s launch theme of Anger, which is part of a narrative that will be apparent and consistent through all their events. It also helped raised awareness for the events they have coming up. After two successful events in September and October that were attended by people from all years the focus was then put on hosting a more secretive, exclusive event. And last week they held just that: a DON’T WALK launch party like nothing this town has ever seen before.
Now don’t be upset if you hadn’t heard of it – the event was an exclusive event that was invite-only to 240 guests with only 60 coming for the after party. The theme of the event was the only thing announced beforehand and the theme of red-hot fury definitely lent itself to girls more than boys (although that certainly didn’t stop the boys from trying). It certainly produced some amazing costumes on the night.
Tickets were pricey at £65 but got you dinner, wine, a ticket to the after party and a goodie bag containing all kinds of treats. Guests weren’t even told the event location until the buses left at 7pm, so the air of mystery definitely surrounded the event.
In the end, the venue was a lovely little Kinkell Byre look-alike called the Rhynd which was slightly further out but was more intimate with a better bar area. Upon entry guests were met with fire dancers, fire-eaters and a free drink, all of which impressed me greatly.
Dinner was a lovely salmon dish followed by a roast chicken dinner with gravy, and to be honest the food was delicious. In lieu of dessert they had a table full of gummy sweets, which hit the nostalgia factor on the head. For entertainment during the meal they had the models come out and perform a short five-minute fashion show. All I can say for the models is that they performed beautifully and the fashion was breathtaking. While they wouldn’t release whether or not the clothes worn during this show would be worn during the actual event next term, it certainly bodes well for the level of fashion we can expect from them. Overall the event was a roaring success and people danced the night away long into the wee hours.
This is not to say the event didn’t have its problems. People going to the after party would have been disappointed to find out that there were no buses going to the venue, and cabs had to be arranged through the individual. Not only was this costly but also meant people’s arrivals were very disjointed, especially since the event venue was only announced three hours before the after party started.
I have to say I also took a particular dislike to the DJ who didn’t seem to know how to get some actual bangers on. Some people were too drunk to notice the jarring transitions in the music, but for those sober it was difficult to dance to music you either barely remember or didn’t have a beat.
However, not even rubbish music could ruin my night after such a spectacular show and the evening left me highly excited for what is to come. Definitely put DON’T WALK 2019 in your calendars and let’s see just how hard we have to fight for a ticket.