Henry Holland’s Debut for Cancer Research UK

King of quirky-ness and prints, iconic fashion designer Henry Holland hosted an evening to remember last Thursday when he opened up the doors of One Mayfair – an exclusive new haunt on Audley Street, W1, which is a gothic church haven hidden amidst a swanky postcode.

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A-list celebs turned out in bucket loads to support his endeavour and the good cause at hand, which was to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK in the first of its kind event – an open auction amongst the fashion elite called ‘Debut’.

Miquita Oliver and Nick Grimshaw took to the stage to introduce this worthy cause, and upon explaining how to use the bidding apparatus playfully outbid each other to start the ball rolling.

Items on auction included a pop art print of Kate Moss signed by the supermodel herself, two Longchamp bags which again were endorsed by Mossy, Mary Quant limited edition prints, an array of designer dresses, and Nicholas Kirkwood shoes that had been adorned by Sarah Jessica Parker herself in Sex And The City; and my favourite piece – Henry Holland’s signature slogan Swarovski encrusted Tee that read ‘I don’t need a husband, I’ve got House of Holland’.

Amongst the fashion press an assortment of celebs joined in, which included Pixie Geldoff, James Corden, James Brown, Nick Knowles, Jessica Moor, Tracey Boyd and Jade Parfitt.

After a quick look around and bidding time, CEO Harpal Kuma took to the stage to chat briefly with guests about the effects and cures Cancer Research UK are providing to all of its patients and families connected with this event. As I myself have lost loved ones to this disgusting disease I know how the mention of the word ‘cancer’ can shake us all to our core and shatter lives. However, in the extremely touching video that followed it shows us that there is hope amongst many and that not all cancer victims lose their fight – which was inspirational and emotional to see.

However, the worst thing I learned on this glamorous night out was that there is no government funding at all to help protect these millions of victims in receiving treatment, advice and to create research to help prevent many others dying. That’s why it is always good to have a well-known and respected Patron such as Holland on your side, raising awareness and fundraising in the best way possible; through fashion and celebrities.

For more information, or to help fundraise or donate for Cancer Research UK click here

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