Dover House, London - 9th October 2013 - Scotland’s top fashion, design, creative and textile talent were honoured this evening at the country’s most high profile red carpet event held at Dover House, home of the Scotland Office in London. Christopher Kane has been named ‘Scottish Designer of the Year’, Chanel received the ‘International Designer of the Year’ award for best use of Scottish textiles for their ‘Métiers D’Art Paris-Edinburgh’ collection, Mary Charteris was named ‘Scottish Model of the Year’ and Harris Tweed Hebrides collected the ‘Scottish Ambassador of the Year’ award.

Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP, the Secretary of State for Scotland welcomed supermodels, fashion stars, industry leaders, retailers and celebrities alongside awards founder Dr Tessa Hartmann, to this now internationally revered red carpet event, which celebrates it’s 8th year on the global fashion calendar.

Hosted by style icon Laura Whitmore, the event saw many of the biggest names in British fashion scoop top honours across 14 categories at the ceremony which was also attended by Stella Tennant, David Gandy, Scots singers Tallia Storm and Amy MacDonald, Henry Holland, Tallulah Harlech, Jenni Falconer, Holly Fulton, Sam McKnight, Thom Evans, Brix Smith Start, Patrick Grant, Philip Colbert, Karen Bryson, Tuuli Shipster, Jade Ewan, Rob Furze and DJ Nikki Beatnik.

Scottish Young Designer of the Year - Jennifer Morris
Scottish Textile Designer of the Year   Alice Palmer
Scottish Retailer of the Year - Schuh
Scottish Communicator of the Year - Penny Martin
Scottish Accessory Designer of the Year - Finlay & Co
Scottish Graduate of the Year - Lauren Smith
International Designer of the Year (For Best Use of Scottish Fabric) - Chanel
Scottish Model of the Year - Mary Charteris
Creative Excellence Award - Pam Hogg
Scottish Innovator of the Year - Louise Gray
Scottish Designer of the Year - Christopher Kane
Scottish Ambassador of the Year - Harris Tweed Hebrides
Hall of Fame - Dr Brian Duffy

Dr Tessa Hartmann, Chairman of the awards, commented “The Scottish Fashion Awards are now a globally recognised event which acknowledges the finest fashion design, creative and textile talents we have in Scotland and indeed working around the world. It’s incredible to think how much the event has grown in just 8 years and we’re very proud this evening to celebrate the achievements of all the nominees in this magnificent building - Dover House."

Harris Tweed Hebrides collected the ‘Scottish Fashion Ambassador’ award for their outstanding contribution to fashion. Over the 5 years the company has grown exponentially from £200,000 turnover in its first year of trading to £7 million in 2012. But the impact of the brand goes way beyond a profitable balance sheet. Partnering with the Harris Tweed Authority ensured a new generation of skilled labour and guaranteed the future of the industry and the wider Hebridean economy. The company now counts Chanel, Converse, Vivienne Westwood, Moncler, TopMan and Paul Smith as clients.

Former Group President of Ralph Lauren Europe, Glaswegian Dr Brian Duffy was inducted into the Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame, which was presented by Professor Christopher Moore, Director of the GCU British School of Fashion. Duffy carved an impressive career having trained as a chartered accountant before becoming the CEO of Wonderbra, spearheading the phenomenally successful ‘Hello Boys’ campaign. During his reign at Ralph Lauren he managed store openings in Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East and today consults for global luxury brands.

Scottish Model of the Year was presented to Mary Charteris who has shot for US Vogue, British Vogue, Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, Purple, Dazed. Love, Tatler and worked with Mario Testino, Terry Richardson, Ellen Von Unwerth and David Bailey. Mary currently features in the L’Oreal Professional campaign.

Penny Martin was awarded the ‘Scottish Communicator of the Year’ award for her role as editor-in-chief of the biannual magazine The Gentlewoman.

Jennifer Morris was crowned ‘Scottish Young Designer or the Year’ for her luxury ready-to-wear label. Jennifer studied Fashion Design at Edinburgh College of Art before receiving her MA in Fashion Design and Technology from London College of Fashion. Her brands unique selling point lies in its bold use of colour and texture to create original garments of high quality craftsmanship.

Edinburgh born Lauren Smith won the ‘Scottish Graduate of the Year’ award, which, added to her 2013 accolades, having already scooped the ‘George Gold Award’ at Graduate Fashion Week in June.

Finlay & Co, a new British eyewear brand was awarded the ‘Scottish Accessory Designer of the Year’ for their handmade wooden sunglasses. Launched in 2012 by Aberdeen born David Lochhead, the brand is now stocked in 28 retail outlets in London, Paris, LA, Dubai, Australia, Greece and The Bahamas.

Scottish Textile Designer of the Year’ was awarded to Alice Palmer who completed her Knitted Textiles degree at Glasgow School of Art, followed by a Masters degree at London’s Royal College of Art. Having established her brand in 2008, her knitwear garments have become known for pushing the boundaries with her unconventional design and production techniques. Alice has now extended her stockists internationally from America to Italy and Dubai.

Founded in Edinburgh back in 1981, Scottish shoe chain ‘Schuh’ scooped ‘Scottish Retailer of the Year’. Having delivered record breaking sales figures in 2012, opening 16 new stores and as well as launching new concepts with kids and an online French version of their website, the brand was the clear winner.

Louise Gray picked up ‘Scottish Innovator of the Year’ award. The maverick maven of London Fashion Week left her home in the North of Scotland in 2007 after graduating from Glasgow School of Art. After her MA from Central St.Martins she scooped the ‘New Talent’ award at Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East initiative. But it’s her unique identity that’s transferred through to her mainline collections, often described as a ‘riot of colour’ that’s infectious and that has global fashion editors full of praise. She’s collaborated with Pollini on a shoe collection, created jewellery for Asos and turned her whimsical hands to a capsule collection for TopShop.

Aberdeenshire raised Emeli Sandé received the ‘Scottish Fashion Icon’ award. This was the only award of the night that was voted for by the general public where Emeli beat off stiff competition from the global fan bases of Andy Murray and Amy MacDonald. Over the last 12 months there has been a dramatic shift in Sandé’s styling where the singer / songwriter is now perceived as a modern day style icon noted for her youthful and stylish persona. She likes to keep her looks simple but effective and supports British designers like Jonathan Saunders, McQueen and Stella McCartney. Her signature blonde crop and red lips was a clear winner for the voting public.

Eccentric designer Pam Hogg received the prestigious ‘Creative Excellence’ award for her skintight punk looks that still define her collections today the same way they did in the 80’s. Exhibiting at LFW’s On/Off catwalks Hogg’s trademark catsuits have secured a new celebrity following over the last 4 seasons.

It was no surprise that Christopher Kane was crowned the King of Scottish the fashion scene once again as he lifted the ‘Scottish Designer of the Year’ trophy. It’s been a whirlwind year for Newarthill-born Kane and his sister, Deputy Creative Director Tammy. The eponymous brand has taken on a new dimension thanks to the investment from luxury group Kering SA (previously known as PPR), home to Stella McCartney, Saint Laurent and Gucci; it took a majority stake in the Kane label. Over the last few years Kane has become a major attraction and star of London Fashion Week, a favourite of celebrities including Keira Knightley and Alexa Chung, and is credited with being the great hope of British fashion, which after this years commercial activities has certainly confirmed the industry’s forecasts.

It was indeed a ‘Scottish Fashion Invasion’ of London for one night only and what an impressive roll call of fashionable Brits they were!


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