On Thursday 24 March at London’s One Mayfair, our fave fash designer Henry Holland will be hosting charity auction ‘Debut’ – aimed at raising funds for Cancer Research UK’s gynaecological cancers - following a two-day exhibition of the auction prizes. And the prizes are pretty special. Ever fancied a dress from Christopher Kane’s debut runway show? Or work experience at Storm Model Management? How about some Nicholas Kirkwood heels as worn by SJP? These beauties all feature along with a lot, lot more so we don’t think you’ll find it hard to part with your cash, but just in case, presenters Miquita Oliver and Nick Grimshaw will be on hand to help you spend, spend, spend!
We grabbed five minutes with Mr Holland to find out more…
Why did you get involved with Cancer Research UK?
One of my good friends works with Cancer Research UK so I’ve gone along to a few of their events. I’ve discussed doing a fashion event with them for a while and now with Debut, we’re finally there! It’s such a good cause, my mum’s a cancer survivor and I’m sure it’s all down to the work that Cancer Research UK do.
Why the auction?
It’s themed on fashion firsts so a lot of the prizes have been specially recreated for the auction from a designer’s first show or their first print.
Talk us through some of the amazing pieces up for auction…
There’s an amazing print by [photographer] Rankin, it’s a cute story as it’s the first portrait he ever took of his wife on the first day he met her. Christopher Kane has also donated a dress from his debut runway show; it’s the same one that Victoria Beckham wore.
What are you most looking forward to on the night?
Auctioning off my prize! I’m remaking the Swarovski crystal wedding dress from my first ever show (a/w’07), it’s got a slogan on the front that reads ‘who needs a husband, I have House of Holland’. It’s nerve racking putting myself up – what if nobody wants it?
Loved your AW11 show – why the bingo balls?
It started with the bingo ball fabric and the Harris Tweed - the collection grew from there really. I thought about the people that wear the tweed and little old ladies at bingo so we ended up having crochet blankets, bingo prints and also a budgerigar print. My own grandma inspired a lot of it her budgerigar was called Bazz!
So do you think tweed’s a key trend for a/w12 then?
I noticed Burberry and Aquascutum have both done it so it’s good to see a lot of tweed around. I get mine made up in Scotland by a mother and daughter duo, they send me text me updates saying: "Square number 785 finished today" - they’re working their fingers to the bone for me! I wanted to find an army of grannies but they don’t seem to have email or mobile phones…
What else are you working on this year?
I’m working on a range of eyewear that is launching in September so that’s pretty exciting and my printed tights are doing really well too!
Who’s your musical tip for 2011?
I’m obsessed with Nicki Minaj! She’s so much fun, I love the different characters she plays. Fingers crossed we’ll get her in bingo balls…
Debut, a celebration of British fashion in aid of Cancer Research UK, takes place at One Mayfair on 24 March 2011 with tickets priced at £200. For further information or ticket enquiries visit http://www.debutevent.org. The auction preview exhibition is open to the public 22 and 23 March 2011 at One Mayfair, suggested donation for entry.
By Sarah Angus