It seemed that every important Scot in fashion was in attendance. Whether exiled in London (or, in my case, North of the Border), the fash industry Scots gathered in London’s Corinthia Hotel for a swish awards ceremony that celebrated the phenomenal influence of Scots in the British Fashion Industry.
Prosecco, whisky and martinis flowed as the big winners of the evening were announced: Christopher Kane, Hunter and Pringle of Scotland, taking home Scottish Designer of the Year, Scottish Accessory Designer of the Year and Founders Awards respectively.
Guests from TV, fashion and music at the event included Jonathan Saunders, Holly Fulton, Henry Holland, Patrick Grant, Livia Firth, Pam Hogg, Sam McKnight, Jean Campbell, Twin Atlantic, The View, Tallia Storm, Conor Maynard, The Vamps and Caroline Rush CBE who were all chauffeured by luxury Italian car marque Maserati in a fleet of stylish Quattroportes and Ghiblis. The event was co-hosted by the RT Hon David Mundell MP Secretary of State for Scotland, Chairman and awards founder Dr. Tessa Hartmann and presented by TV star Laura Whitmore.
Elsewhere Barrie Knitwear scooped Scottish Textile Brand of the Year, make up artist Lynsey Alexander took home Communicator of the Year, Cats Brothers were crowned Young Designers of the Year and Walker Slater Retailer of the Year. Belstaff’s Glasgow store collected Luxury Retailer of the Year, Topman picked up International Designer of the Year for their Fall/Winter 2015 London Collection, which predominantly featured striking tartans & Harris Tweed. The young maverick menswear designer Charles Jeffrey was crowned Scottish Graduate of the Year. Misha Hart having walked for Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Jonathan Saunders and Giles ensured that she was rightly crowned Scottish Model of the Year.
Special honours were given to Edinburgh born fashion publicist Nick Ede who was presented with ‘Fashion Philanthropist of the Year’ for his ‘Style For Stroke’ campaign. His ‘Famous Last Words’ charity t-shirt featured on a host of celebrity names has raised huge amounts of funds for the Stroke Association over the last four years and is currently retailed by boohoo.com around the world.
Internationally renowned Scottish photographer David Eustace was inducted in the Hall of Fame alongside previous recipients that include Albert Watson, Stella Tennant, Sam McKnight and Colin McDowell MBE.
Neil Buchan-Grant photographed all the winners, for OLYMPUS PEN anniversary portraits.
Founder Dr. Tessa Hartmann said: “Our aim was to highlight Scotland’s contribution to the wider UK and international fashion industry.We’re so proud that over the last ten years this event has become a benchmark of success for the Scottish fashion industry. Long may it flourish and grow along with the incredible talent that it aims to represent.”
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