This week we have welcomed a new month, albeit not many people’s favourite. September signals the end of the summer season, yet bringing us out of potential Autumn gloom was the ever-exciting Scottish Fashion Awards. We saw a host of famous faces (and with a high model turn out, a lot of them attractive, ahem, David Gandy) alongside a range of inspirational icons.
Vivienne Westwood took centre stage, winning an award for her ‘undeterred loyalty and unparalleled love and passion for Scottish textiles and fabrics’. Tartan has been the basis of the Vivienne Westwood brand since its very beginning in the 1970’s, and Westwood can be said to have been responsible for reinventing the fabric for a rebellious, punk age.
Standing at the podium, Westwood gave a witty acceptance speech, stating that she would like to thank ‘Malcolm McLaren, who loved tartan and helped me love tartan. And my husband Andreas – who is a phenomenal man and the one who designed our McAndreas tartan. He would’ve worn the the kilt tonight but he tried it on and it was a bit too small,’ – we love a bit of kilt humour.
Scottish Fashion designer of the year went deservedly to one of the duchesses’ favourites, Christopher Kane. Kane burst on to the fashion scene in 2006 when his graduate collection was so impressive that he won the Harrods Design Award and has since been accredited by the likes of Donatella Versace who famously claimed in 2007 that ‘Christopher Kane is my favourite designer. He and Tammy remind me so much of me and Gianni-brother and sister, working together’.
Scottish Model of the year went to 16 year old Jean Campbell who has secured Burberry campaigns as well as British and Italian Vogue editorials – rather impressive for someone who is still in school.
Singer, Amy Macdonald won the Scottish Fashion Icon award, beating the likes of Paolo Nutini, Annie Lennox’s model daughter, Tali and actress and former model Karen Gillan. Whilst David Gandy was awarded the Founders Award ‘for his support of Scottish and British fashion over the last nine years’.
British singer Pixie Lott also attended, accompanied by her model boyfriend Oliver Cheshire. In true popstar style, Pixie didn’t stick to one outfit for the whole evening. The 23-year-old singer turned up in a sophisticated Dior ensemble with a sleek side-swept hairstyle, but soon changed into a more relaxed mini dress and flats get-up for her surprise acoustic performance.