Fashanne, The First Ever East Midlands Fashion Awards

The inaugural Fashanne Awards hosted by Anne Davies, TV presenter, took place at Belvoir Castle and was declared a resounding success by guests and students alike. Judges Susannah Constantine, Susi Henson and Daniel Hanson, along with Becky Sheeran joined sponsors Next, Office Twelve, Stuart Thexton Jewellery and With Chocolate for a magical evening. 

  Model showing Lauren Saunders, Loughborough University, finalist for the Fashanne Textile/Fashion Accessory Design Award.The champagne reception took place in the Guards Room and counted amongst its guests, The Rt Hon. Anna Soubry, Jonathan and Emma Agnew, Judy Naake, Fiona Lambert, Debbie White, Lady Sarah Gretton and the team from Pukaar News joined by visitors from as far afield as Mauritius who flew in especially for the event. 

Howard Rose (the Nottingham-based singer of The Voice fame) accompanied the catwalk show where the models showed off creations by finalists from Loughborough University, University of Derby, De Montfort University Leicester, University of Lincoln, The University of Northampton School of The Arts and Nottingham Trent University. 

Dinner took place in the Ballroom where over 160 guests enjoyed a five course menu with a signature dessert from 2 Michelin Star chef Sat Bains. Guests had the opportunity to place an estimate to win £1,000 of jewellery with the proceeds donated to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, this attracted much attention with the final sum raised being generously matched by local business Measoms! A bespoke chocolate bar designed for Fashanne by sponsors With Chocolate, a locally based artisan chocolate company, was a delicious gift to take home and the event was decorated with beautiful flowers, including a life-size floral mannequin by Sophie's Flower Company. 

The winners of the two Fashanne Awards prizes were; 

Charlotte Yates, Nottingham Trent University, Nottinghamshire (Fashion/Knitwear Design Award) - Charlotte lives locally in the Vale of Belvoir and her collection was inspired by Imperial Russia. The Fashanne judges decided unanimously that she should be awarded this prize. 

Emma Garner, Loughborough University, Leicestershire (Textile/Fashion Accessory Design Award) - Emma from Surrey's accessory collection was inspired by architectural reconstruction with a modern, fresh high-end approach. 

Andrew Ball, Director at Rainbows commented, “We were delighted to have been the beneficiary of the very first Fashanne Awards and would like to congratulate Emma Garner and Charlotte Yates on their awards and all the finalists on their stunning work. Thank you to our Patron Anne Davies for including us in this very special occasion and thank you to everyone who donated on the night – it’s only because of the generosity of the people and organisations of the East Midlands that Rainbows is able to continue to help some of our region’s most poorly children and young people. Here’s to the Fashanne Awards 2017”.  

Anne Davies who joined forces with the Duchess of Rutland to present The Fashanne Awards at Belvoir Castle, summed up the event, "An exquisite setting, delicious food and extraordinary designs - it was a night to remember. Ultimately FASHANNE is all about celebrating the talent of the next generation and we hope that many more will join with us to do it all over again in 2017."