At the end of last month, Central Hall hosted a charity fashion event featuring one of the biggest names in fashion, Anna Wintour. The Northern Youth Fashion Show raised a staggering £30,000 for two charities acting to help refugees, Refugee Action York and the Xavier Project. The line-up also included Guardian editor Katharine Viner and Billie Marten, an up-and-coming 17-year-old singer songwriter from Ripon.
HARD Magazine was the driving force behind the show, gaining sponsorship from a number of well-known companies including make-up brand Bobbi Brown and train line Grand Central. The fashion designs on display were created by University of York students and took place on the main stage, without a generic catwalk.
Anna Wintour, who has been editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, attended the show and gave a speech which discouraged students from letting social media take over their lives. She was also interviewed by Katharine Viner. Staying true to the world of fashion, designer bags were raffled amongst other coveted items like a signed Roger Federer t-shirt. The after-party was held at Fibbers and featured bands Metronomy and Friendly Fires.
Ellie Wintour, who played a huge part in organising the event and is Anna’s niece, said,
We are absolutely thrilled with the way the evening went, we’ve raised a substantial amount of money which will really make a difference to people’s lives.
The proceeds were split equally between the two chosen charities.
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