We’re always up for a celebration, especially if it involves a super-glam auction for charity, and that’s exactly what Henry Holland had in mind when he hosted a huge fashion fundraiser for Cancer Research UK to help raise funds for gynecological cancers.
True to form, Henry’s event wowed from start to finish. Held in a stunning converted church in London’s One Mayfair, the venue was impressively decked out with a huge central bar serving endless Pink Mojitos and dotted with huge glass bowls bursting with pink bonbons, white mice and other sugary goodies. Guests were treated to yummy canapés (think mini salmon burgers, salt and peppered beef skewers and mini honeycomb ice-cream cones) and an equally tasty live performance by hot indie group Wolfgang.
Every guest clutched a small electronic device from which they could place a ‘silent bid’ on whichever lot took their fancy. From a bright pink mug-shot of Sid Vicious and signed pop art portrait of Kate Moss, to a beauty masterclass with make-up artist to the stars Mary Greenwell - all the lots were so stylish and so one-of-a-kind it was a struggle to choose between them!
Later in the night T4 presenters Nick Grimshaw and Miquita Oliver took to the stage to spur on the bidding, followed by Henry himself who introduced a host of models wearing one-off dresses, also on sale to the highest bidder. The gorgeous models showed off a deliciously bespoke collection that included famous pieces by Richard Nicoll, Erdem, Christopher Kane and, naturally, House of Holland.
A fashion party wouldn’t be complete without that obligatory dose of stylish celebs - and this event was no exception. Pixie Geldof – complete with fiery red hair - showed her support for the event while Kate Moss’s BFF James Brown made an impromptu invasion of the stage to encourage people to bid!
With the night closing in and goody bags beckoning, the crowd showed no sign of leaving proving Debut to be a total success! Now that’s definitely worth drinking to.
By Sarah Statman