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 8 th 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,
Jenni Falconer, Holly Fulton, Sam McKnight, Thom Evans, Brix Smith Start, Patrick Grant,
Philip Colbert, Karen Bryson, Tuuli Shipster, Rob Furze, Laura Carmichael, Amber Atherton,
Yasmin, Olympic Medalist Michael Jamieson, singer Natalie May 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
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)
Scottish Model of the Year
Mary Charteris
Scottish Fashion Icon
Emeli Sandé
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 bi-annual magazine The Gentlewoman.
Jennifer Morris was crowned ‘Scottish Young Designer or the Year’ for her luxury ready-towear 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
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
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 is a stand-out 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 the Scottish 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.
Professor Christopher Moore, Director of the British School of Fashion said “The awards
contribute on so many levels - by recognising great talent, providing a powerful motivation for
advancement, but perhaps most importantly of all, the awards provide an outstanding support
to the British fashion industry.”
After the Dover House presentation VIP guests were transported to 8 Northumberland for the
Winners Gala – A Scottish Banquet. Pommery Pop was served to guests before they indulged
in Isle of Mull scallops with Mcsweens Haggis, apple & ginger, followed by a Slow roasted loin
of Beef from the Cairngorm national park, steak and kidney pie, with red wine sauce. Dessert
was a raspberry and lemon tart, strawberry and toasted oat cranachan Irn Bru granita! Coffee
was served with Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier chocolate and guests all toasted with a dram
of Auchentoshan whisky, the most unique single Scottish malt. DJ Beatnik entertained the
guests at dinner before guests moved on to the after party at Whisky Mist in Mayfair!
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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| Hannah White | Professor Wendy Dagworthy | Robb Young | Dr. Tessa Hartmann (Chair)
Scottish Fashion Awards was founded by Dr Tessa Hartmann BA, MCIM in 2006.
Tessa runs boutique agency Hartmann Media, an award wining fashion, lifestyle and
entertainment brand consultancy in Glasgow. A regular commentator on the fashion
industry for broadcast and printed media; Tessa was polled in the Sunday Herald as
one of ‘Scotland’s Women of Influence List 2012’.
The Scottish Fashion Awards was hosted in Stirling Castle for 4 years before moving
to Glasgow’s Science Centre for 2 years then the Clyde Auditorium where it was held
in 2012. The event has moved to London to showcase the wealth of Scottish talent to a
broader audience.
Scottish Fashion Awards were awarded the Grand Prix prize at the Scottish Event
Awards earlier this month for the Best Event of the Year in Scotland, as well as ‘Best
Small Event’ in Scotland < 5000 attendees.
Scottish Fashion Awards 2013 received no public sector funding from the Scottish
Government or other Scottish public sector bodies. Sponsorship was raised from
private sector.
The Scottish Office (Dover House) hosted the 2013 awards without any cost to the
public purse. All costs incurred, were met by the awards / Hartmann Media.