March 01, 2015

LEEDS RAG FASHION SHOW 2015; THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Earlier this week I was lucky enough to attend the annual Leeds RAG Fashion Show and what a treat it was. The Leeds RAG Fashion Show is one of the biggest and most promoted events on the University of Leeds calendar and after working the event as a production assistant last year, I knew I was in for an amazing experience. 

'Through The Looking Glass' was a fairytale, Into The Woods inspired show with scenes ranging from 'Red Riding Hood' to 'Queen of Hearts'. The fashion show was all in aid of the both Leeds Mind and the Richard Mayne Foundation and raised over £15,000, an amazing contribution to two wonderful charities. 


Leeds RAG (Raise and Give) is a student-led society that raises huge amounts of money for both local and rational charities and the Leeds RAG Fashion Show is one of their biggest and most popular events. The committee consists entirely of University of Leeds students, studying a variety of courses. The models are also students, who go through castings and auditions before being selected to walk in the show - it's all very professional!

I arrived to the VIP area with Lauran from ashley-rae.uk to find the Parkinson Building (the most beautiful building on campus!) kitted out with a cocktail bar, prosecco bar, goodie bag area and acapella group. As well as a huge VIP lights, how cool? We picked up our goodie bags to find goodies from Urban Fruit, Red Bull, Propercorn and many more. 
As we headed over to Leeds University Union, The Refectory had been completely transformed from what I usually see day-to-day,  with rows of chairs, a huge white catwalk and pretty little tables for sponsors that were decorated with the cutest and most intricate decorations. They had been decorated with silver star confetti, little hearts that had been cut from books and decorative open books.
We sat down and Lauran and I chatted with the lovely bloggers Em from emtalks.co.uk and Lucinda from thefashionfictionary.com  as we waited for the show to start. I may have tucked into my Propercorn too!
The first half of the show was beautiful, with looks from a list of designers longer than my arm, music from Flux, make up from HD Brows, hair from Westrow Academy, the lighting and smoke machines giving a very eery atmosphere; the entire production was incredibly professional. Now, I can't say I've attended many fashion shows in my time, but in my opinion, the models walked fabulously, looked stunning and all walked with such fierce looks. There was a super fun scene, 'Hansel and Gretal', which had all the models were dressed so bright and sparkly. There was one male model who walked in heels with more sass and confidence than any girl I've ever seen. Easily my favourite walk of the night.
As beautiful as the first half was, it was the second that stole my heart. With a beautiful dance from members of Dance Exposé, and the first scene including music from one of my faves Bon Iver, I was in awe of all the looks. The Queen of Hearts scene was a particular highlight, with the most beautiful black and red looks with pieces from Victoria's Secret PINK. All of the models also had heart-style updos, which looked so so pretty and so neat. My favourite look of the night came from this scene, a backless black dress with lace detail. I just thought it was so chic yet simple. I loved it!
I may have tucked into these during the second half - so good!
My favourite dress! Excuse the light on the back of the dress, I captured this shot at just the wrong time, but it's the only one I had of the amazing dress. 
The finale of the show, 'The Awakening', was my favourite of the night. A flood of icy-looking models graced the catwalk whilst we heard Lifelines from Leo Law. The atmosphere was incredible for this scene in particular, it was just beautiful. The makeup look for this scene was ice-queen-esque and looked so beautiful against the white, tree scenery. I could watch it over and over. The light-up dress was so beautiful and the models just looked divine.
The show ended with a fabulous speech from directors of the show, Issy and Anna, both of whom looked gorgeous in their monochrome jumpsuits!
The Leeds RAG Fashion Show: Through The Looking Glass, was an incredible night and I would watch it all over again. I encourage you lovely Leeds lot to attend next year - you won't regret it.
Have you ever been to a charity fashion show? Have you heard of RAG?

Love, Steph xxxx

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