5th Scottish Fashion Awards

by Katie on June 23, 2010

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Alexander McQueen did a lot towards making tartan sexy again. It was OK to have a Scottish connection and also be in the upper echelons of fashion. So many of the industry in London and New York are, after all, deplaced Scots.

So it was heartening to see the Scottish Fashion Awards in association with vogue.com and with Swarovski’s backing, which took place last weekend, becoming a serious feature on the calendar with top international fashion industry stalwarts attending and recognising Scottish talent. The fact that it took place in Glasgow was fitting. It’s always been a peacock city when it comes to fashion. For years, especially when younger, I’d been returning home thinking I’d wow them with my new London purchases only to find that a huge new branch of Armani, Versace or Ralph Lauren had just opened and Cruise has to be one of the best designer independents in the UK stocking every edgy designer you’d ever want in your wardrobe. Even on the high street, the Glasgow branches of the big chains are always in the top 5 when raking in sales. As I said, people in Glasgow spend heavily on fashion.

Celebs attending the awards show and VIP dinner included Diana Vickers, supermodel Jade Parfitt, Paolo Nutini, international pop star Gabriella Cilmi, supermodel model David Gandy who flew in from Milan, and a host of other names including Amanda Wakeley, Jonathan Saunders, Graeme Black, Antonio Berardi, Markus Lupfer, Peter Jensen, Nick Ede, John Amabile, John Michie, Atta Yaqub, Jean Johansson, Graeme Armour, Holly Fulton and Louise Gray, who all paraded on the tartan carpet outside Glasgow’s Science Centre.

Global fashion industry judges included Dolly Jones, Editor of Vogue.com, Hilary Alexander, Fashion Director of The Daily Telegraph, Paula Reed, Style Director Grazia and Brian Duffy, President of Ralph Lauren Europe. Duffy said on the evening, “It is great to be back in Scotland for such an auspicious and indeed very glamorous occasion. I am thoroughly impressed at the calibre of this year’s nominees from the textile brands to designers and up and coming talent.”

The esteemed panel of judges voted the following as the 2010 winners:-

Scottish Designer of the Year – sponsored by Vogue.com – JONATHAN SAUNDERS
Scottish Young Designer of the Year – sponsored by Glasgow: Scotland with Style – HOLLY FULTON
Scottish Textile Brand of the Year – sponsored by The Herald – ANGELA CASSIDY
Scottish Accessory Designer of the Year – sponsored by Swarovski – WILLIAM CHAMBERS
Scottish Fashion Icon – sponsored by Galaxy Radio – PAOLO NUTINI
Scottish Communicator of the Year – sponsored by Glasgow Airport – EILIDH MCASKILL
Scottish Model of the Year – sponsored by Toni & Guy – LISA OMOND
Scottish Retailer of the Year – sponsored by Forth Wines – CRUISE
Scotland’s New Face – sponsored by Boohoo.com – TERRI MCGLONE
Scottish Graduate of the Year – sponsored by Marks & Spencer – JETT SWEENEY
International Designer of the Year (for use of a Scottish fabric) – sponsored by Mercedes Benz West of Scotland – MARKUS LUPFER
Scottish Hall of Fame 2010 – sponsored by Hotel Du Vin – MALCOLM EDWARDS (session hair stylist)

With Swarovski and Vogue.com firmly behind the awards, here’s looking forward to the next one. Perhaps I may even attend in my home city.

Main pic – Jonathan Saunders with Tessa Hartmann and Dolly Jones
Other pics – Paolo Nutini & Teri Brogan; David Gandy

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RedlegsinSoho June 24, 2010 at 8:51 am

Where would British haute couture be without tartan and tweed? I saw some McQueen stuff on Gok Wan earlier this week and even Brix Smith could not mess up the beautiful jacket and skirt.
Looking forward to the next big thing to come from Scotland and relying on you to spot it!


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