The Scottish Fashion Awards have announced an impressive nominee shortlist for 2013. The event, which will be hosted by style icon Laura Whitmore on 9th October in London, recognises the most influential Scottish players in fashion, working in Scotland and around the world. It also provides an unrivalled platform for new and emerging talent hailing from Scotland and is attended by influential industry leaders, designers, models, retailers and celebrities and celebrates the best of what Scotland has to offer in fashion, design and textiles. A host of those such as Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Holly Fulton and Louise Gray who are establishing our fashion future.
Nominations were selected from leading figures in fashion and an online nomination system. The finalists will be judged by an exclusive panel made up of professionals from the world's leading fashion houses, the most renowned and respected fashion publications and leading figures in style with winners announced at the glittering awards ceremony at the plush Dover House. Moving to London for the first time the invitation only awards ceremony will be made up of a nominee catwalk show and award presentation hosted by TV personality Laura Whitmore followed by a glamorous after party at a secret location.
Glaswegian-born Christopher Kane's designs creatively fuse fabric, colour and print.
Christopher first came to the attention of the fashion world, on delivering an award-winning graduate collection at Central Saint Martins in March of 2006. His first independent show followed in September of that year in London and was internationally lauded by the press and buyers. Christopher Kane, the label, has since become a highlight of the London Fashion Week schedule and Christopher, working in tandem with his sister Tammy (collaborator and business partner), has now shown for 14 seasons and become a major player within the industry.
The Christopher Kane label is a key contributor to seasonal trends, demonstrating a contemporary, progressive vision currently unrivalled on the high-fashion circuit.
Christopher's pieces are stocked in some of the best stores worldwide including: Barneys, Jeffrey, Browns, Liberty, Dover Street Market, Harvey Nichols, Net-a-Porter, Joyce, Maria Luisa, Printemps, and Corso Como to name a few.
Following the success of her fourth season at LFW, Holly Fulton continues to make waves with her contemporary and luxurious, geometric, crystal and perspex encrusted take on fashion.
A graduate of the RCA, Fulton decided to go it alone after a spell working on womenswear and accessories for Lanvin; an experience which has shaped her dedication to creating a total look within her highly visual, embellished collections.
Within her work, bold, hand-drawn graphic prints, combine with signature embellishment in perspex, Swarovski crystal, exotic skins and metal, to create the feel of one giant collaged form of jewellery, adorned with statement necklaces and accessories to complete the look. Drawing from an eclectic mix of sources, Fulton references her love of Pop Art, Art Deco, colour and surface within her collections to create a bold signature which is fast becoming synonymous with her label.
Scottish born print designer Jonathan Saunders graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1999 with a BA in Printed Textiles, going on to graduate from Central Saint Martin's in 2002 with an MA with distinction in Printed Textiles. Saunders' debuted his first collection for Spring Summer 2004 during London Fashion Week, receiving such praise that British Vogue featured the collection on the front cover of the January issue, an accolade not seen in over 15 years for non-advertisers.
Following nine on schedule shows in London, Saunders moved his catwalk show to New York in February 2008 and presented three shows as part of New York Fashion week. As a special invitation from the BFC for SS10, September 2009 fashion week, Saunders presented back in London for the 25th anniversary of London fashion week, where he continues to show today.
Louise Gray first studied textiles at The Glasgow School of Art and went on to graduate with an MA Fashion from Central Saint Martins College in London in 2007. Immediately following her graduation she was selected by Fashion East, and showed three seasons there, before moving on to NEWGEN sponsorship for two presentations and two show seasons.
Louise's label is based on brightly hued, boldly textured garments whose shapes are simple and where movement, embellishment and hand-crafted fabrics take centre stage. Contrast is key and Gray reworks traditional stitches and embroidery techniques to create modern folk details and trompe l'eoile effects, as well as building on her own developed textiles.
Scottish born designer Alice Palmer created her now London based brand after completing her Knitted Textiles degree at Glasgow Art School. Her love of making garments took her to completing a Masters degree at London's Royal College of Art. She established her brand in 2008, with her knitwear garments becoming known for pushing the boundaries with her unconventional design and production techniques. With her Spring/Summer 2012 collection exclusively launched in the Milan D&G concept store and her Spring/Summer 2011 collection being selected by John Galliano to have her own catwalk show at the Fashion Fringe in 2010, the Alice Palmer label has made a fantastic impact on the fashion industry. Alice now has extended her stockists internationally, from America and Italy to Dubai, Australia and Hong Kong. Alice Palmer now has her sights on further expansion of her successful label.
Brora began in 1993 with a mailing list of 7,000, a determined attitude and a core business value of producing ethical garments. With a 'Buy British' element as a key factor in the brand, all of the Scottish made cashmere clothing is manufactured to the highest possible quality, focused more on this high quality than the 'fast fashion' that has become so common. By supporting the UK manufacturing of goods, Brora ensures they react quickly to customer demand. They launched their website in 1997 and have opened many shops nationally including a store in Edinburgh. By celebrating their 20th year in 2013, the brand have celebrated with a variety of collaborations including Michael van der Ham patchwork, Hello Kitty and a collection designed with Sophie Dahl, who also modelled the pieces.
Dhu is a new Scottish clothing and sportswear brand, launched in November 2012 by Ian Moore. Ian studied knitwear design at the London College of Fashion, but has stayed true to his Scottish roots by ensuring all garments are designed and manufactured in Scotland. Dhu has developed Performance Cashmere garments, specifically cashmere insulation layers, for use in outdoor and performance activities. Cashmere is well known as a luxury item, but is sometimes viewed as the preserve of couture or associated with more traditional and classic knitwear design. Dhu re-visits cashmere’s past, to recognise the provenance of cashmere as an all natural fibre with excellent performance characteristics. Dhu uses lightweight cashmere yarn and innovative garment construction techniques, combined with modern lightweight trim detailing, to create functional clothing for performance and sporting activity.
Celebrated worldwide, ERIBÉ is an established Scottish Knitwear Design House creating innovative design-led collections. As a British heritage inspired product, their garments are made using expert craftsmanship both in hand and machine knitting. Through innovative use of pattern and colour, their Fairisle designs are particularly sought after. Their knitwear is crafted in Scotland with help from over 150 handknitters and four loyal Scottish Factories.
81% of Eribé's product is exported, with the brand having an avid large following in Japan & Germany. Their collections are sold to 200+ loyal retailers in 14 countries in prestigious boutiques and department stores. Stockists for AW'13 include Henri Bendels USA, Le Bon Marché France, United Arrows Japan, Jamilco Russia, Fenwick UK. In October 2012, ERIBÉ was part of Mulberry's Brilliant Britain created to showcase Britain’s design talents. The brand are used by a wide selection of design houses including Paul Smith, Mulberry, Pringle, Margaret Howell, Ralph Lauren and Prada. The brand’s ever growing fan base gives the opportunity to expand into new markets.
Rosie Sugden established her innovative luxury cashmere brand in 2011. With all her garments designed and manufactured in Scotland, Rosie has set out to create completely individual pieces by hank dying her textiles in a double dye bath system to achieve bright fluoro designs. In her first year, Rosie's eye-catching collection was stocked by leading retailers, such as Liberty and Matches. After attending her first trade show in May 2012, Rosie soon had orders from international stockists such as Henri Bendel in the US and Isetan in Japan. Basing her brand on a very 'hands on' approach, Rosie's innovative designs are already planned for a capsule knitwear range for 2014.
Scottish knitwear company ESK's Managing Director, Stuart Maxwell has been making knitwear for over 20 years. The brands Creative Director Lorraine Acornley (nee McClymont) graduated with a 1st class BA(Hons) and the Newbury Medal of Distinction in Printed and Knitted Textiles from Glasgow School of Art in 1996 and went on to complete her MA in Fashion Knitwear at The Royal College of Art graduating in 1998. She has been designing knitwear for the last 16 years for the likes of Alberta Ferretti, JOSEPH, Pringle of Scotland and Albam.
ESK works as a collective; they are creatives backed by a band of artisans and highly skilled craftspeople with the common purpose of making knitwear and homeware more beautiful and detailed than you will find anywhere else. They make everything in Scotland under the same roof and source yarns with care, trying to use the small but rich seam of spinners in the country. ESK only use natural and noble fibres, with the brand’s design inspiration gathered by the natural world that surrounds them whether this be the Scottish landscape or the Urban cityscape. In their first season we have taken orders from Harvey Nichols, LN-CC, Monocle, JOSEPH, Journal Standard in Japan, The Conran Shop and Twentytwentyone to name a few.
They aspire to be the knitwear destination for the discerning eye, a best kept secret passed on by friends.
Kay Barron is a fashion features editor living and working in London. Following her graduation from Central Saint Martins, she became Staff Writer at The Face magazine. Since the magazine's demise, Kay founded the short-lived but lauded fashion tabloid Rag, and wrote regularly as a freelancer for Vogue, The Independent, Telegraph, Observer and Acne Paper, as well as consulting for Acne Jeans, French Connection and Adidas. Kay was Senior Fashion News and Features Editor of Grazia UK from 2008 to early 2012, but was appointed Fashion Features Editor of Harper’s Bazaar in January 2012. Kay has now moved on to online fashion giant Net a Porter.
Established in 2005, Style Me Divine is the brainchild of award-winning Edinburgh-born Kelly Lundberg. The brand is the go-to agency for bespoke styling, wardrobe advice and personal shopping in the Middle East.Harnessing 15 years of experience in the industry, Style Me Divine offers exclusive personal styling services to a dynamic database in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Saudi Arabia and the UK.
Kelly has established herself as one of the region’s key innovators, Styling clients for the BRIT awards, the Grammys, the Dubai International Film Festival and Dubai World Cup. Style Me Divine and founder Kelly Lundberg have been featured in all major publications in the UAE, plus enjoyed worldwide exposure including Scotland on Sunday, Virgin, Lufthansa and BA’s in-flight entertainment, Tatler, GQ and OK! magazine. In 2012 Style Me Divine online boutique launched. As a brand ambassador for Reiss, NEOM and collaborator with BCBGMaxazria and Saks Fifth Avenue. Kelly also presented Harvey Nichols ‘Wear, What How’ SS13 trends resulting in an increase in a 50% increase the days following the event.2013 has also seen the launch of her personally designed ‘Giving Back In Style’ Bangles.
Born in St Andrews, Fife, Laura moved to and studied in Edinburgh. She gained a UCL MA with distinction in Fashion Journalism at Central Saint Martins. In 1994, she joined The Face magazine, leaving to become Fashion Editor of the Guardian in 1998. The Scottish talent was also a weekly columnist for fashion glossy, Grazia for six stylish years. Laura’s fashion credentials led her to then become The Times’ Fashion Editor in 2011 where she still works today, still finding time to freelance for a variety of high profile publications. Now living in London, with her husband and two children, Laura continues to spread her fashion knowledge while also hoping her two daughters will have the same shoe size as her!
Lynne McCrossan is a writer, stylist and fashion curator. Writing as the Edinburgh Evening News' style columnist and fashion writer, she has covered a stylish spectrum of events and features including Chanel, Harvey Nichols and the Edinburgh International Fashion Fringe. Not content with just covering the happenings of the fashion world, Lynne based the column's concept to talk to industry insiders from all walks of the business and in doing so learned the long process designers go through for their collections. To understand fully, Lynne set about sourcing everything from the marketing to the show of the collection giving her a great knowledge of the fashion behind-the-scenes. Not only this, but Lynne is also in-house stylist for Scotland on Sunday Spectrum magazine and stylist for the Edinburgh Evening News' fashion pages. Such is her enthusiasm for all things fashion, Lynne is also Fashion Curator of the Vintage Festival for it's July 2013 arrival in Glasgow's Merchant City.
Nick Ede is an expert in PR celebrity, fashion and lifestyle having worked with some of the biggest names in the world. Owner and Creative Director of successful London PR company EdenCancan, Nick is known as one of the most influential in PR. A passionate charity fundraiser, Nick is a patron for various charities, fundraising and showing support. He is the founder of exciting new initiative, The Style for Stroke campaign which sees Nick fundraise and gain as much awareness for the Stroke Association charity through the glamorous world of style, celebrity and fashion, particularly raising awareness and changing perceptions about stroke amongst the UK’s younger generation. He designed an 8 piece collection in 2012 with Little Mistress, entitled ‘The Lovely Black Dress’, donating 15% of the profits to the charity and holding a launch event to raise awareness of the fantastic initiative, continuing to spread the word through his work with the charity. As well as his passion for charity work, Nick Is also a fashion stylist and brand expert on various TV programmes, including his judging role on 'Project Catwalk' which has given him international appeal from Europe to the US. Edinburgh born Nick has also used his influential fashion knowledge on a wide range of shows including Diet on the Dancefloor, E! Talk Daily, the Oscars and the National Television Awards to name only a small few. Nick's presenting skills have also been put to great events, including the Clothes Show Live London and Brighton Frocks.
St Andrews-born and bred, Penny Martin is the editor-in-chief of the biannual women’s fashion magazine, The Gentlewoman. Her fascination with magazines started while studying art history at Glasgow University. She went on to do a museum studies postgraduate at Manchester University, and started out as a curator of photographs at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television. In 2001 Penny became editor-in-chief of photographer Nick Knight's website SHOWstudio.com. Over seven years developing the possibilities of online fashion there, she collaborated on over 300 projects with creatives including Peter Saville, Alexander McQueen, Kate Moss and the estates of Erwin Blumenfeld and Guy Bourdin, winning a Webby award in 2003. In 2008, Penny left SHOWstudio.com to become Chair of Fashion Imagery at the London College of Fashion before launching The Gentlewoman in 2010.
Penny has curated several exhibitions, most recently at The Photographers’ Gallery and Somerset House, and given many lectures at international venues. She has served on numerous art juries and is on the development committee of Studio Voltaire. She contributes to magazines and newspapers including W, Fantastic Man and The New York Times’ T magazine.
Wendy H Gilmour started her ThankFifi blog in 2011. A Glasgow Art School Graduate, Thankfifi has quickly grown into one of Scotland's leading fashion and lifestyle blogs, being recognised by international press for her unique style and having worked with respected brands including Guess, TK Maxx, ASOS and The Blythswood Hotel. Her 75% classic, 25% fashion victim approach to personal style is complemented by beautiful imagery and witty musings on www.thankfifi.com 5 days a week. In 2012, Thankfifi was the youngest blog to be shortlisted for the Marie Claire Fashion Blog of the Year and also selected from thousands of international entries to be shortlisted for the Vixen Blog Awards Best International Blog of the Year.
Stirling born young designer Iona Crawford has established her signature style of elegant garments, made using luxurious fabrics of a Scottish origin. Launching her label in 2007, Iona has been hailed by British Vogue as a ‘One to Watch’ with her collections shown internationally from Paris to Tokyo and showing her beautiful pieces at London Fashion Week within a luxury Scottish brand showroom. 2012 saw Iona launch the brand’s first US showroom in the Hamptons, New York to coincide with the launch of Iona Crawford luxury home interiors. Her creativity is recognised internationally, so much so she has been appointed Creative Director of the re-branding of Stirling 2014.
Jacob Birge studied at Edinburgh College of Art and, in his final year, participated in the Creative Scotland programme "Starter for 6" which promotes young business with a strong emphasis on innovation. This lef to Jacob being awarded funds, establishing his Jacob Birge Vision label. Having shown his work at Graduate Fashion Week and the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, Jacob ensured his debut A/W 2013 collection featured at London Fashion Week in February 2013. Jacob's signature style focuses on high-end, modern womenswear and accessories using visual installations, fashion films and sound design, ensuring the Jacob Birge vision is known by all.
Jennifer Morris is a London based womenswear fashion designer specialising in luxury ready-to-wear garments. Jennifer studied Fashion Design at Edinburgh College of Art before receiving her MA in Fashion Design and Technology from the London College of Fashion. Subsequent to graduating, Jennifer has gone on to be featured in press such as Harper’s Bazaar ‘One’s to Watch’, Vogue, Grazia Daily and the Guardian G2 ‘Look of the Week’.
Following on from the success of Jennifer Morris’ first two collections with Vauxhall Fashion Scout at London Fashion Week and a nomination for Young Scottish Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards 2012, Jennifer launched her third collection for Autumn/Winter 2013/14 at ZipZone Paris.
The brands unique selling point lies in its bold use of colour and texture to create original garments of high quality craftsmanship. Hand embroidery, beading, dyeing, digital and screen printing techniques are all conducted to create a luxury quality of finish. All garments are hand made in the United Kingdom.
Glasgow design label, Obscure Couture was founded in 2010 by Lyndsay Pagan and Jennifer Coyle. Although a young brand, Obscure Couture has quickly grown into a coveted brand with a loyal cult following. Obscure Couture create street/stagewear for the introverted extrovert. Their directional, seasonal Couture and RTW ranges are limited edition, individually numbered and made in the UK. With a brand value stating they don't follow the trend books – they follow their instincts, the brand has been worn by famous names including Haim, Marina Diamandis, Lana Del Rey, Kreshawn, Deap Vally, Dionne Bromfield and Little Mix. The brand took collections to London Fashion Week to show over three seasons, and have also been featured in numerous fashion magazines including VOGUE and used in music videos, such as Aggro Santos' 'So Sexy'. The label continues to grow, branching out into wholesale and working towards world domination, living by the motto that their designs are created to "Make your other clothes jealous".
Glasgow based designer Rebecca Torres is renowned for her use of shape and colour creating pieces that give an instantly polished and sleek look. Rebecca Torres was educated at both Cardonald College, going on to study fashion at Glasgow Caledonian University. Rebecca has been referred to as the "one to watch” with VOGUE writing highly of the collection.
Rebecca has designed ranges for many high street retailers and has been commissioned to create pieces for some of the top stylists and artists in the UK – her ASOS collection sold out with such high demand. After showcasing this year in Beijing, New York and Latvia she is now working on her new collection DIMENSIONS which will be showcased at this year’s Edinburgh International Fashion Festival and also previewing her film collaboration with director Michael Sherrington at this summer’s Conde Nast “Coming Into Fashion” in Edinburgh.
Designers Toni Roddie and Emma Noble, both graduated from Grays school of Art, in 2012. The young designers gained experience by working with designers including Christopher Kane and Georgia Hardinge and Toni was also nominated for Scottish Graduate of the Year. The ambitious duo secured £10,000 of private investment via the Robert Gordon University business incubator programme, with the designers launching their label, Saunt and Sinner in September 2012 as a luxury womenswear brand. Gaining a place in the Entrepreneurial Spark and then moving onto the Fashion Foundry programme, Saunt and Sinner launched their debut A/W 2013 label in March 2013, with the duo's designs being worn by Scots singer Emeli Sande and Burberry model, Sophie Kennedy. Saunt and Sinner have got their garments stocked both in-store as well as online, including high-end fashion platform, Not Just Another Label. Saunt and Sinner will launch their eagerly anticipated SS2014 collection this September.
Deetz is the brainchild of Scottish born sisters Amy Currie and Lauren Milligan. Launched in 2011, Deetz was named after kooky Beetlejuice heroine Lydia Deetz; and is as quirky and witty as its namesake. Already lauded by Vogue as this year's next bright "fashion star," the signature quirky prints of new label Deetz have arrived at Harvey Nichols. Created by a former AllSaints and McQ print designer, along with her fashion journalist sister, the label is currently comprising simple silk tees and dresses, the collection showcases designer Amy Currie's colourful illustrations - inspired by her love of taxidermy - featuring creatures who each have their own story to tell. From Penelope the geisha pug, who just wants to give up the working life and find true love; to the skeleton Mr & Mrs, together till death do they part... literally, each print delves into the talented mind of the designer and adds a splash of the unique to customers' wardrobes. Seasonless and timeless, the collection is an investment that brightens the dullest of days.
Jennifer Rowand is a graduate from Grays School of Art, specialising in Fashion Design. Her graduate collection looked at cultural identity and traditional body modifications. A focus was made on indigenous cultures and their rites and rituals. The collection was created through manipulating fabric and printing, dyeing and last cutting. By using tight lycra combined with black leather to create smooth silhouettes to create a second skin look. The structure of the garments is in the panelling which curve and compliment a female figure. By using leather and mostly black Jennifer aimed to create a depth to the fabrics with different shades and textures. Jennifer’s design philosophy is to create garments that are simple at first glance but the attention is in the details of the fabric. With an interest in cultures as inspiration, the graduate would like to travel and learn from different communities around the world and then work designing high end casual wear.
Kirsty Elizabeth MacLennan studied Fashion Design for Industry at Herriot Watt's Galasheils campus, specialising in womenswear design. Her graduate collection, named 'Black Butterflies' features beautiful uses of lace, creating full skirts of light tulle which produce a delicate feel. Creating sheer black body suits decorated with beaded lace, the collection uses a complimentary colour palette, with black and gold set off by the touches of creamy white throughout. The young designer graduates from Herriot Watt with a first class degree, setting her up for a fantastic future with her fashion forward designs.
Stirling born Laura Layne Nevin specialised in luxury knitwear at Edinburgh College of Art. Laura is inspired by her Scottish heritage and finds it greatly inspires her personal aesthetic. She believes that tradition is the foundation of success and as such the exploration of traditional knitting/crafting techniques is a key influence throughout her design process. Although just graduating, Laura has already completed an internship at Johnston of Elgin, worked alongside Chanel during their visit to Scotland and has also had her design sold in select John Lewis stores, courtesy of winning the prestigious Wool School competition. Her final year collection was inspired by childhood memories: summer’s visits to the idyllic Scottish island of Islay. Described as the queen of the Hebrides, she finds the islands rugged, untouched landscapes and abundant heritage simply beautiful and inspiring for her designs.
Irvine born Lauren Jones graduates from Heriot Watt School of Textiles and Design in 2013 and is inspired by other Scots designers Christopher Kane and Louise Gray. Having interned for Scottish designer David Black’s House of Black, Lauren has also collaborated with Harris Tweed to design and produce a tailored jacket from the Scottish fabric. Her garments have also been shown at Paxton House. Her graduate collection drew inspiration from the renderings of 1920’s architect Hugh Ferris, creating her own collages of an imagined future city of crystal and concrete. Having chosen to work with organza in varying colour combinations to reflect the translucency of crystals, also using laser-cutting to create the bold and dramatic final collection.
Matthew Russell, Textile and Surface Design graduate of Robert Gordon University, has always had a passion for fashion and drawing.
Throughout university, Matthew assisted major brands such as Zandra Rhodes, and Cunnington & Sanderson, at both London and Paris fashion weeks. Alongside interning, Matthew Russel has received many accolades and awards for his work, including 1st place for Weavers Incorporated 2011 & 2012, as well as 1st place for Bradford Textiles Society 2012.
Inspired by geographical landscapes and his own recordings of travel, Matthew’s graduate collection showcased the constraints of scale and perspective, he has created his own androgynous fashion range using innovative ideas such as laser cutting, digital printed silk organza and the development of print designs upon 6ft fringing.
Aspiring to develop his designs into his own fashion label Matthew hopes to work alongside international fashion designers and still maintain his fresh and cutting edge style.
Matthew Houston carried out his Fashion Design for Industry degree at Herriot Watt University. Matthew used his graduate collection to provoke the viewer in a subtle manner. Taking ideas and inspiration from nostalgic memories contrasted with ‘obscure fascinations with cultures and inanimate objects’. He draws most of his creative ideas from ‘non-fashion’, as he feels it provides him with fresh ideas and newer ways of designing. His work was developed to create a powerful, yet delicate final collection.
Natalie has worked within textiles since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art for the last 10 years, alongside lecturing at Heriot Watt University and ECA before embarking on an MA in printed Textiles at The Royal College of Art.
Her graduate collection is inspired and drawn from her Scottish roots. Her signature prints are bold with a strong look bringing together all aspects of her brief and her Scottish Heritage. Her final collection is a very personal project and been the opportunity to mix her experience within her commercial print background, with more daring, explorative and innovative fabric combinations as a masters student.
Natalie thinks of fashion and textiles design as a piece of art, not just a wearable garment, but an object to look at, study and treasure. Aspiring to work within a fashion house, learning from designers within high fashion and couture, Natalie hopes to eventually showcase her own work under her own label.
Samantha Hair is graduating from Gray’s School of Art having studied three years of fashion design at the school. Her graduate collection saw her concept formed around looking into haute couture design and techniques both contemporary and historical. She then applied this to research into sea life, focusing on the photography of marine biologist Alexander Semenov. With an aim to bring the luxurious, entirely hand-made aesthetic of haute couture into her own designs, Samantha tried to use sewing machines as little as possible, roll hemming everything by hand and pressing her own bias-binding. Through sponsorship with Parkin Fabrics Ltd, Samantha used sinamay (milliners straw) and ‘waffle’ (a straw in a lattice type weave), as a fashion fabric, experimenting with using them as a fabric, utilising the sinamays mouldable qualities and as a structural component on the inside of her unique pieces. Herphilosophy is that clothing should be beautiful, luxurious, hand-worked; reflecting the time and attention that has been put into each piece, keeping hand-craft alive within the fashion industry. The graduate’s ambition is to work in the couture industry, be it a specialist atelier or in one of the fashion houses.
Edinburgh born Lauren Smith was brought up in Currie, the outskirts of Edinburgh. After leaving high school she went on to study an HND in Textiles at Telford College for 2 years which then allowed her to apply straight into 2nd year fashion at Edinburgh College of Art. ECA was a fantastic experience, with her tutors being so supportive of each individual's talents and strengths that Lauren felt motivated to express her creativity in her final collections in fourth year. The final collection is called "Anthology" and is inspired by artists sketchbooks and diaries. The young designer finds beauty in the small doodles and sketches that an artist makes. She primarily used white fabric as her base for every outfit to represent "a blank canvas" or "a blank page" and used her own illustrations and sketches to decorate them, using digital print, embroidery and laser cutting."
This beautiful collection impressed so much, Lauren went on to win the George Gold Award at June 2013’s Graduate Fashion Week, giving the young designer a great beginning for her fashion industry future.
Bonnie Baby was founded by Dunblane born designer Tracey Samuel in 2005 following the arrival of her daughter. Graduating from Glasgow School of Art, Tracey went on to achieve a Masters at St Martin's College of Art and design with her graduate collection leading to jobs with Coats Viyella and working on the re-launch of the Sonia by Sonia Rykiel brand in 1995. Staying at the Sonia Rykiel design house for 9 years, Tracey decided it was time that babies got to look stylish too and launched Bonnie Baby. Tracey designed a capsule collection of cashmere luxury baby clothes that instantly became a sell-out. Whilst cashmere and knits are still at the heart of Bonnie Baby's luxury clothes, the collection has since expanded to include cottons, knits, silks and jersey basics – all designed with a sense of innocence and childlike fun, which is at the heart of everything Bonnie Baby do.
Founded in Edinburgh in 1996, Ness takes inspiration from the contemporary feel and flavour of its birthplace while genially thumbing its nose at tradition. Ness focuses on bringing tartan pieces, such as kilts, into the moment and showing they can be on-trend, edgy and stylish. The Ness flagship store situated on Edinburgh's Royal Mile against a backdrop of festival vitality, historic sentiment and electric international crowds. Using the current trend of bold statement style, Ness uses brilliant colours and 'cheeky' reinterpretation of classic plaid and check pieces to steer tartan away from its highlands, heather and honey image into the mainstream fashion stakes. Ness uses tartan in a more inclusive, stylish and fun way, paying homage to traditional tartan in a more free spirited, unrestricted way. Ness has a strong brand statement and aims to make affordable styling a firm favourite with both national and international customers.
Number Eight is a lifestyle fashion boutique for both gents and ladies. Number Eight opened in 2009 and has grown from strength to strength, building upon its reputation as one of the finest in the country. Number Eight continues to work with some of the biggest brands in the fashion world including, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Barbour, Gant, Ted Baker, Lyle and Scott, Farah Vintage, and Ted Baker. Offering stupendous customer service in a store unique for its merchandising, look, ambience and product mix. The retailer has chosen many brands on the vision that we set out to create and achieve since opening. We knew we wanted to create a store that was unique to the Central Scotland market with brands that have a history and would bring together a combination of British heritage and iconic classics.
Back in 1981 schuh opened its doors for the first time in the North Bridge Arcade, Edinburgh with a simple philosophy; to provide aspirational but accessible fashion footwear, sold in a unique and exciting retail environment at prices which represent value for money and sold by friendly knowledgeable staff. Over the years we have continued to grow through our store estate and online proposition. In June 2011 the business was sold to the publicly traded American company Genesco Inc which has allowed us to execute an impressive growth strategy. 2012 was a big year for schuh; the brand delivered record breaking sales figures and opened the most stores in one year (16) as well as launching some new concepts including opening 3 schuh kids standalone stores, launching a new tablet site and also launching a brand new French version of the website. 2013 sees a more fashion forward collection due to adding more brands, with a celebrity following including Laura Whitmore and Mollie King.
The Pokey Hat was founded in 2011 and began as an online vintage outlet. Since then, the introduction of boutique labels has seen TPH’s popularity grow and the arrival of Jeffrey Campbell in 2012 cemented its image and boosted the profile further. The Pokey Hat is now two years old and operates solely via its website which has been developed since its basic beginnings and now plays host to 4 departments; men’s, women’s, shoes and TPH Arcade an innovative introduction to The Pokey Hat. Its original purpose was to give young Scottish designers a platform to sell their designs internationally using the website and taking advantage of its worldwide customer base, however, it has become an online marketplace for the best in Scottish and national design and trade. When complete TPH Arcade will have 50 different concessions and will be made up of independent designers and vintage traders. Each concession is judged on value for money, image and existing profile to ensure that the Arcade reputation stays in high regard and is known for pioneering style that cannot be found elsewhere. The Pokey Hat will continue to grow and innovate and with the use of PR and new celebrity fans should soon become a serious contender for online sales.
The original Tom Morris brand was established in 1848 by Tom himself, the founder of modern game of golf and known as an innovator and entrepreneur; designing some of the world's greatest golf courses and manufacturing the modern golf ball. Not just an innovator of golf, Tom opened the first Tom Morris shop in his St Andrews hometown in 1866 making Tom Morris the oldest golf brand in the world. St Andrews Links acquired the established brand in 2010 with a focus on delivering a Scottish-based brand to the worldwide market. Drawing inspirations from the original innovation of Tom Morris, the new Tom Morris brand produced a lifestyle range influenced by the golfing heritage. The debut Autumn/Winter 2013 collection was inspired by this heritage and features specially designed tartan for the brand by Kinloch Anderson which has been officially registered with The Scottish Register of Tartans. The new Tom Morris brand has a contemporary feel, with Scottish wool, knitwear and knitted accessories.
Mary Charteris is a model and DJ whose family have a very established Scottish heritage running from many years ago. A style icon in the making, Mary has shot for US Vogue, British Vogue, Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, Teen Vogue, Purple, Jalouse and Dazed, working with the likes of Mario Testino, Terry Richardson, Ellen von Unwerth, David Bailey and Olivier Zahm. She has collaborated on special projects with a host of designers including Louis Vuitton, Nike, Jason Wu, Thakoon, Markus Lupfer and Phillip Treacy. Mary has recently joined the band The Big Pink with her husband Robbie Furze and will be touring throughout 2013. The couple's wedding was covered in US Vogue. She has also released a new electronic music project, MPRSSS with the director Rob Hawkins. Mary has most recently shot Love with Solve Sunsbo. Mary is currently on the cover of the July issue of Tatler, styled by Katie Grand and shot by Angelo Pennetta.
Photograph by: Ellen Vonun Werth
Morven Macsween is a Scottish model. Born in the village of Newmachar, just outside Aberdeen, Morven first got into modelling aged 14 after she entered the Elite Model Look competition and made it through to the World Final in Morocco. Morven has since worked for Celine, Burberry, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood and ASOS and was the face of the Debenham’s Christmas campaign. Morven continues to model while studying for a degree in fashion management at Aberdeen University.
Photographs by: Hannah Hiller
Born in Irvine, Oliver was scouted in 2011 by Elite London the Scottish model is now represented by Models 1. Although only just establishing himself at the time, in early 2012 Oliver carried out a campaign for J.W Anderson and walked in their London Fashion Week show. He also walked in the Lou Dalton and Katy Eary shows quickly proving his model credentials. Oliver has also appeared in many high profile publications including Hunger magazine, Dazed & Confused, Wonderland, Exit, Ponystep and was also the first male model on the front cover of LOVE magazine. He has appeared in many campaigns including Topman, The Suits and Babyliss and Adidas Nuremberg. Walking for fashion houses such as Missoni and Diesal Black and Gold during his debut at Milan Fashion Week, the Scots born model has not stopped since his arrival in London at age 17. From assignments from Mert & Marcus to high profile shots on the front of the most established publications, it looks like Oliver is set up for a fantastic modelling career.
Seventeen year old Glasgow born Helena already has an impressive modelling portfolio behind her. The Scottish model, who is now London based, has appeared in a Rimmel London advertisement along with face of Rimmel Georgia May Jagger, she has appeared on the cover of both S magazine and Soup magazine both shot by internationally acclaimed photographer Rankin, as well as gracing the cover of Image magazine and appeared in ELLE UK. Having also worked with Lisa Eldridge and Charlotte Tilbury, the young model who is signed to Scottish agency The Model Team and London based TESS management, looks set to continue her already successful modelling career.
Dunfermline born model Terri McGlone won the Scottish Fashion Awards' Scotland's New Face in 2010. Signed to top London agency Storm Model Management Terri's modelling credentials have been firmly secured, with a great portfolio leading to her fashionable move to New York.
It all began in art school at Edinburgh College of Art where Catherine graduated in Jewellery and Silversmithing with a Goldsmiths award for design under her belt. She was quickly nurtured by Jewellery titans Theo Fennell and Graham Stewart to guide her in master craftsmanship. Being also highly influenced by the fashion world she then designed coveted collections for many great British designers including Vivienne Westwood, Matthew Williamson and Lulu Guinness to name but a few.
Catherine now uses the combination of both worlds to create exciting and playful pieces that are exquisitely handcrafted and made in the UK using ethical materials including most recently, Fairtrade silver and gold.
FINLAY & CO. is an iconic British eyewear brand, specialising in handmade Wooden Sunglasses. The name Finlay means 'Ray of Sunlight' in Gaelic and the essence of the brand is to capture that rare, magical moment of glorious sunshine. The brand said “We celebrate sunny days as Brits and yet our research suggested that there were very few British eyewear brands that our target customers felt they could associate with. We wanted to create a brand that customers could feel passionate about and design products that they would love.”
The brand launched in late July 2012 after twelve months research, design and planning by four friends: David Lochhead, Dane Butler, Sam Lawson Johnston and Tom Stannard. The original idea came from Aberdeen born David, who now heads up the business and overseas product development.
Georgia Wiseman graduated from Glasgow School of Art and gained experience working for fashion jewellery designer Scott Wilson. She soon set up her own brand, being named by The Sunday Times in 2005 as one of the 'brightest stars in the Scottish firmament'. Georgia's brand creates one-off, limited edition pieces which have been shown in prestigious jewellery exhibitions worldwide. After taking a break, 2012 saw Georgia return with a new brand vision to create affordable luxury fashion jewellery, all created in her home workshop. Georgia has also launched her new website to share the brand nationally and internationally.
Govan Originals identifies their brand as the last shoemakers in Scotland. First established in 1925, the brand has created shoes within Govan for the past 88 years, priding itself on a rigorous final quality inspection for each and every pair of shoes ringing a bell when a pair passes. London College of Fashion student Joscelyn Fuller has worked with the brand for the past year and, after two years of development, the new inaugural collection of designer men's footwear was launched in January 2013. Developing on the original quality shoemaker brand, Govan Originals now plans to launch accessories in the coming two seasons, aiming to build on their established success by further divesifying and becoming a global brand.
Aberdeen born Arlene Barclay established 'House of Halos' in 2012 after deciding to close her previous brand of designing bridal hairpieces under the 'Angel's Halos' name. Arlene Barclay personally designs and hand crafts each piece of art and her ambition is to crate House of Halos as the first globally recognised hair accessory "brand" on calibre status to jewellery brands Links, Pandora and Tiffany's, but jewels for the hair. Through House of Halos' success, Arlene's future visions are to create "House of Hope", which would be a charity foundation supporting other children's charities globally, funded by a percentage of House of Halos profit margins.
Scottish born Jane Gowans is a contemporary jewellery designer established in 2010. Jane's sculptural pieces are led by her personal fascinations and underpinned by a commitment to British craftsmanship. Each piece of her signature style jewellery collections are made using the finest semi-precious stones and sterling silver, 18kt gold vermeil with silver finishes.With inspiration taken from the everyday - She embraces an experimental creative approach which engages with new processes while embodying a never-ending fascination with making the ordinary extraordinary. Jane unearths the unique quality of the hand-made and delivers a striking range of pieces which will surprise and seduce. Jane's collections are produced in Britain, with each piece hallmarked in Edinburgh and personally finished by Jane in Dundee, ensuring quality from start to finish.
Jenivieve Berlin by Jennifer Martin has recently celebrated its second year of producing controversial, alternative millinery for women across all ages, and throughout all styles. The last two years have seen the label grow from strength to strength throughout not only Scotland, but the rest of the UK and overseas.
JBM started originally creating head wear for dancers, and the journey since the switch to millinery has been an exciting combination of mastering traditional millinery techniques and design, along with adapting to the fluid-like fashion industry. The label is constantly evolving, and churning out fresh designs, with a raw edge.
Born in Glasgow in 1985, Tom Kennett was brought up in Renfrewshire. Tom left school at 18 and went straight into the business world with an apprenticeship at a local Engineering firm. After several promotions Tom ended up moving to the USA in 2009 to start a sales Management role. Whilst this was an exciting role, Tom had always had a passion for watches and an ambition to be self-employed this led to the Kennett brand being conceived in 2009. Using his spare time to research the industry and whatever spare cash available, Tom worked on the Kennett brand identity, registered the brand name and prototyped first designs.
Initially selling to male clients, Kennett progressed into the female marketplace in 2011; a move which would lead to strong growth. The female marketplace now accounts for more than 55% of all sales. Predominantly retailing online through their own ecommerce site and via top online retailers like WatchShop & Debenhams, Kennett are developing a growing network of retailers across the UK. Supported by Scottish Enterprise, Kennett have also been making strides abroad and have sales developing in over 10 countries (like Scandinavia, Germany, France, USA, Canada).
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Lou Dalton began her fashion career at 16 taking up an apprenticeship in bespoke tailoring and pattern cutting, progressing from this to gain a Master's Degree in Menswear from the Royal College of Art in 1998. On graduation Lou moved to Italy then back to London, working as a design consultant. Lou Dalton has established herself as a starlet of British Menswear, with presentations at London & Paris Fashion Week - a rising star in menswear. Lou Dalton's signature aesthetic showcases contemporary classicism and refined tailoring that has been defined by her working-class roots. She has the ability to develop exceptionally well crafted garments that are both considered & thought provoking. For her AW 2013 collection, Lou used fabrics from a Shetland village, with insipiration taken from the film 'Local Hero', detailing an American oil baron looking to buy up a remote Scottish village. Imagery from the film combined with the protective clothing worn on and off oilrigs by her partner who works for BP, have also inspired the clothing and footwear making for an inspiring collection.
Founded by Italian designer Franco Moschino in 1983, Moschino has become famously known for their innovative designs. Taking over as Creative Director in 1994, Rossella Jardini is the responsible for the established brand's image and style. For their Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, Rossella first looked at Scotland and it's fabrics as her main inspiration. She was quoted saying "I love everything that is British, I have from the beginning. I always do, anytime". The rich and regal tartan used throughout the statement collection conveyed the strong Scottish influence, using Moschino's signature use of bold colours and eye-catching details with gold buttons, embroidery, crest-emblazoned jumpers, jackets and pleat skirts.
Victoria Beckham launched her fashion label with her debut Spring/Summer 2009 line of dresses at New York Fashion Week. Since then, the brand has received international praise for the sophisticated designs. With her knowledge gained from years in the spotlight, Victoria Beckham found her own style and has been quoted as not using her collections to follow any trends or particular style but remains true to 'what feels right'. The brand has a fantastic celebrity following including Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, and Blake Lively. For Autumn/Winter 2013, Victoria Beckham used a selection of luxury checked flannels with subtle uses of tweeds and high quality wools, Victoria Beckham also used lavish Scottish cashmere throughout the collection. Victoria Beckham's heritage inspired collection has been acclaimed by many of the fashion industry's most influential.
Moncler Gamme Bleu was first shown in January 2009, a sub-brand of Moncler. Designed by Thom Brown, the menswear line is a sophisticated collection which combines the soul of Moncler sportswear with hand-made haute couture. For the AW 2013 collection, Thom described the influence as 'Scotland, all things Scottish'. The Scottish spectacular showcase included four specially made tartans used throughout the designs, with great inspiration taken from the traditional kilt. The pleats of the kilt were spun off onto capes and belted fencing-style jackets. With the Scottish Isles the home of some of the world's finest wool, there was fantastic use of the fabric, expertly used combined with Moncler's technical design ethic. The show also featured a bagpipe soundtrack and sporrans, perfectly creating the Highland Scotland image the brand aimed to portray.
CHANEL's history with Scotland goes back a long period of time, with Coco Chanel spending her summers in the highlands of Scotland, sourcing her wool and tweed from the Scottish textiles available. Such a history has led to CHANEL's continued use of quality Scottish fabrics; in 2012 CHANEL even purchased the Barrie Knitwear mills located in the Scottish borders. It was also the established link to Scotland that led Creative Director to bring the Métiers d'Art collection to Linlithgow Palace, inspired by the rich heritage of CHANEL in Scotland, and the skilled craftsmanship of Scottish tweed and cashmere, that are an integral and iconic part of CHANEL's collections today. The collection shown at the December spectacular featured a beautiful composition of rich, luxurious tartans with exquisite uses of wool and tweed to create the Scottish fused pieces.
Founded in 1936, Basler is a leading global fashion brand represented in over 50 countries, with flagship stores in Berlin, Paris and within Bloomingdales, New York.
A native of Scotland, Brian Rennie assumed position of Creative Director and Managing Director of Design for Basler in March 2011.
Mr. Rennie was with the luxury brand Escada for 20 years, including twelve years as their head designer, with a significant influence on their positioning and merchandising. Thereafter, Brian Rennie worked as Head of Design/Fashion Director at the Stockholm-based, casual wear provider Gant, and subsequently among other things as a consultant for MJM International before moving to Basler.
The Dundee born designer is well know in international fashion circles, where he has designed gowns for Halle Berry, Kim Basinger and dressed celebrities such as Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Jessica Alba, Paris Hilton, Jerry Hall and Catherine Zeta Jones.
Common People is designed for people with a common interest in premium clothing and footwear. Created by Kestin Hare, former head of design at Nigel Cabourn, Common People is now entering its fourth season. Common People represents a movement back to provenance and focuses on exceptional quality, craftsmanship and local sourcing to create a contemporary product with a purist identity.
After leaving Cabourn, where he gained invaluable experience in manufacturing premium clothing in the UK, Kestin returned to Edinburgh in October 2010 to establish his own brand Common People. Common People has progressed over two years and is now showcasing at Capsule Paris and NYC, Projects in Las Vegas and Jacket Required and wholesaling to the likes of Cruise and Urban Outfitters in the UK. The brand has also expanded to sell in Asian stockists including Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and Journal Standard in Japan.
A former dentist, Liz Black took her first steps to changing her career by attending a number of short courses at Central Saint Martins College in London, where she went on to complete her fashion degree specialising in Womenswear with Print. The other half of the company, Alan Black, is a lawyer based in London, having moved from Inverness as a child.
Alan and Liz decided to set up LIZ BLACK together in 2010, with Liz as the Creative Director and Alan as the Commercial Director. The label reflects conceptual creativity with a minimal and elegant aesthetic. Its focus is on wearable statement pieces with a timeless appeal, emphasising chic and impeccably tailored structures that complement the feminine silhouette. LIZ BLACK regularly exhibits during both London and Paris Fashion Week, with designs appearing in all of the major fashion publications, both nationally and internationally.
After graduating from Glasgow School of Art, Scots-born musician and designer, Pam Hogg, then went on to gain an MA from Royal College of Art in London. Her early collections were stocked in legendary London boutique, Hyper Hyper in the Eighties- and it was part of its collective that she first showed in London Fashion Week, from 1985-89.
In 1989 Hogg branched out on her own, opening her first standalone boutique and established the skin-tight look and high profile punky following that still defines her designs today. After taking time out to concentrate on her music, Hogg returned to the catwalks of London Fashion Week’s On/Off in 2009 with a collection of trademark catsuits and colourful skint-tight dresses, with a new celebrity following.