The Prince’s Trust brings international fashion to Yorkshire

Internationally renowned fashion designer Zandra Rhodes and Harvey Nichols Leeds teamed up with youth charity The Prince’s Trust to preview their latest collections at a glittering evening in Leeds last night.

Zandra Rhodes, whose vintage pieces have long been collected by Tom Ford and Anna Sui and worn by Ashley Olsen, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, chose The Prince’s Trust’s ‘Fashion Dinner’ event at Aspire in Leeds to unveil items from her latest collection. Harvey Nichols Leeds displayed clothing from its latest menswear ranges and Ultimo displayed their latest lingerie collection.

The prestigious event, which was completely sold out, started with an exclusive Laurent Perrier champagne reception, followed by a three-course dinner and a stunning catwalk show. A grand finale of an exclusive ‘money can’t buy’ auction, which included a seven night stay at a 5* hotel in New York and X Factor final tickets, raised over £50,000, with all proceeds going to The Prince’s Trust in Yorkshire and Humber.

Zandra Rhodes, who is also a mentor for The Trust’s Tomorrow campaign, said: "The Prince’s Trust is such a fantastic charity and it’s an honour to be able to showcase some pieces of my latest collection at this event and raise money for such a worthy cause.

"The money raised from this will really make a difference to many disadvantaged young people across Yorkshire and The Humber."

The evening was generously sponsored by ghd, the leading global hair styling brand that revolutionised the professional hairstyling market 11 years ago with the launch of its ground-breaking and now iconic hair styler and Armstrong Watson, Chartered Accountants and Financial Advisers.

Andrew Kilby, Managing Director of Armstrong Watson Financial Planning & Wealth Management, said: "The Fashion Dinner is one of the highlights of The Trust’s fundraising calendar. We are delighted to have teamed up with them to support what was a truly once in a lifetime experience and raise money to help change the lives of young people in Yorkshire and The Humber." 

Andy Farley, Head of Private Sector Fundraising, said: "We were honoured that Zandra decided to show her latest range in aid of The Prince’s Trust and the evening didn’t disappoint in being a very glamorous occasion.

"The support of The Trust from people like Zandra is invaluable to us. We need to raise over £1 million per week to achieve our work so fundraising activities like the Fashion Dinner are vital in helping us to continue to help disadvantaged young people and their communities in the region." 

Liz Bryne, UK Marketing Manager of ghd, said: "We are delighted to be involved in this amazing event again this year. Not only was the fashion showing at the event world class, but the money raised will go towards funding the great work The Trust does with young people in Yorkshire and The Humber, giving them the hope, support and opportunity to move forward with their lives."

Thanks to funding from events like this, The Prince’s Trust in Yorkshire and The Humber aims to support 4,800 young people this year, giving them the skills and confidence to find a job. More than three in four young people on Prince’s Trust schemes move into work, education or training.

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