The Scottish Fashion Awards

September 11, 2007 14:37 ET

There's a New Fixture Been Added to the International Fashion Carousel Where the Darlings of the Catwalk Headed for the Highlands-The Scottish Fashion Awards 2007

STIRLING, SCOTLAND--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2007) - It was 'High Fashion in the Highlands' on Sunday evening as winners and special honours for the second annual Scottish Fashion Awards in association with luxury jeweller Hamilton & Inches, were held at a glittering awards ceremony and Gala dinner at the historic Stirling Castle, Scotland. Attended by a host of celebrities, international fashion figures flown in courtesy of Continental Airlines from New York and Los Angeles, TV presenter Jenni Falconer hostess and dignitaries including Ms Linda Fabiani MSP, Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture, it was the most sought after fashion invitation in the week preceding London Fashion Week.

There is a genuine buzz and excitement in the market place right now and the 'Cool Caledonia' nuance was clearly in evidence at this fashion extravaganza in Scotland's ancient capital Stirling, the castle being the historic seat of former Kings. But for one night it was home to the Kings and Queens of British fashion with fashion supremo Graeme Black (former Creative Director for Salvatore Ferragamo and Giorgio Armani & now with his own label Graeme Black Collection) who was inducted into the Hall of Fame and attended with business partner and interior designer Jonathan Reid, Pringle of Scotland's Design Director Clare Waight Keller collecting 'Cashmere Designer of the Year', rising star Louise Gray scooping 'New Talent Award' and Dundee born Brian Rennie, former Design Director of Escada and newly appointed Design Director of fashion giant Gant officiating as a judge and presenter.

There was however a note of shock and sadness as London Fashion Week's hottest commodity Christopher Kane (Donatella Versace's favourite consultant) who pulled in his sister Sandra to pick up 'Scottish Designer of the Year' award on his behalf at the eleventh hour, due to the burglary of his London apartment and consequent loss of part of his collection. However, Founder Tessa Hartmann stepped in and got a bike to drive from London to Stirling with one Kane's hottest new dresses which was worn at the show by "Scottish Fashion Awards Model of the Year" winner Brigid McGaw. Hartmann said: "We were devastated for Chris and Tammy and as they were bringing the dress up personally we had to take action. The bike took 7 hours and arrived literally 15 minutes before the show began - you don't want to know the cost but hey, that's fashion for you. End result was worth it as Brigid looked sensational in Kane's dress with her award in hand, plus Jamie Fraser, our Chairman of the judges panel was delighted".

The winners were selected by an exclusive judging panel made up of professionals from the worlds leading fashion houses, the most renowned and respected fashion publications and leading figures in style. The panel included:

KATE PHELAN - FASHION DIRECTOR BRITISH VOGUE

BRIAN RENNIE - NEWLY APPPOINTED DESIGN DIRECTOR OF GANT (FORMERLY CREATIVE DIRECTOR FOR ESCADA)

BRIGITTE STEPPUTTIS - HEAD OF COUTURE VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

HILARY ALEXANDER - FASHION DIRECTOR THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

GARY VAN DIS - VICE PRESIDENT CORPORATE CREATIVE CONDE NAST USA

JEN UNER FOUNDER/CO-PRODUCER LOS ANGELES FASHION AWARDS

MERLE GINSBERG - EDITOR IN CHIEF GENLUX MAGAZINE LA

JANETTE HARKESS - DEPUTY EDITOR THE HERALD

JAMIE FRASER - MANAGING DIRECTOR OF HAMILTON & INCHES, SCOTLAND'S LEADING LUXURY JEWELLER AND HEADLINE SPONSOR. (Chairman of 2007 panel)

The winners from across nine categories who were honoured in person were:

Christopher Kane- Scottish Fashion Awards Designer of the Year. Sponsored by headline partner Hamilton & Inches presented by Jamie Fraser, Managing Director and Tessa Hartmann - Event Founder.

Brigid McGaw (Premier Models London) - Scottish Fashion Awards Model of the Year. Sponsored by Charlie Taylor Hairdressing and presented by Charlie Taylor and Gary Van Dis - Conde Nast.

Louise Gray - Scottish Fashion Awards New Talent. Sponsored by The Scottish Government and presented by Linda Fabini MSP and designer Brian Rennie.

Pringle of Scotland - Scottish Fashion Awards Cashmere Designer of the Year. Sponsored by Scottish Enterprise Textiles presented by Kirsty Scott and Brigitte Steppettis - Head of Couture for Vivienne Westwood.

Nick Haddow (Fashion photographer) Scottish Fashion Awards Communicator of the Year. Sponsored by Continental Airlines and presented by Kenny Donnelly, General Manager Scotland.

Sharleen Spiteri (Music artist from band 'Texas') Scottish Fashion Awards Fashion Icon. Sponsored by The Herald and presented by Editor Charles McGhee and Jennifer Uner - Founder of Los Angeles Fashion Awards.

Schuh (High Street footwear chain) Scottish Fashion Awards Retailer of the Year. Sponsored by City of Stirling Provost Margaret Brisley.

Mackintosh Rainwear - Scottish Fashion Awards Accessory Designer of the Year. Sponsored by Hotel Du Vin group presented by Natalie Maynard of Hotel Du Vin and esteemed Scottish Actress, star of ITV's Taggart Blyth Duff.

Graeme Black - Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame 2007. Sponsored by Bentley Motors UK and presented by Andy Watt - Director of Bentley Mulliner & luxury goods. (Graeme Black - Former Creative Director of Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo and now his own label Graeme Black Collection, was inducted into the Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame and was sent personal congratulations from Giorgio Armani and Wanda Ferragamo - President of Salvatore Ferragamo).

Jamie Fraser, Managing Director of Hamilton & Inches and headline sponsors said: "That Scotland now chooses to celebrate the contribution Scots make to the international fashion industry is a testament to her collective confidence. That there is so much success to celebrate is a testament to their individual talent. The Awards ceremony last night was an enormous success and Hamilton & Inches has been thrilled to promote the success of Christopher Kane, Brigid McGaw and the other winners by being the principal sponsor of the 2007 Scottish Fashion awards. I was privileged also to act as Chairman of the judging panel and as such pay tribute to the nominees as well as the winners: their work is of such a high standard that the judges task was not easy. Our sincerest congratulations to one and all."

Founder and producer Tessa Hartmann said: "The Scottish Fashion Awards celebrates the strong creative force of Scots who are contributing to the global fashion market. There was no better example than the winners of last night's awards. With the magnificent setting of Stirling Castle representing our heritage fused with the 21st century vision of 'Fashion Scotland', was truly a night to be remembered. I have no doubt that when people think of Scotland, they will be begin to pass on the shortbread, overlook the whisky and acknowledge this fine staple of fashion designers who are leading the way in British & International fashion".

Please view the following links for images:

Clare Waight Keller (Pringle) Scottish Fashion Awards 2007 Cashmere Designer of the year winner: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/sfa1.jpg

Scottish Fashion Awards model of the year nominees Eunice Olumide and Haley Bartlett and Hall of Fame honouree Graeme Black: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/sfa2.jpg

Scottish Fashion Awards New Talent winner Louise Gray: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/sfa3.jpg

Nick Haddow and Kenny Donnelly: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/SFA4.jpg

Jamie Fraser Hamilton & Inches MD and Scottish Fashion Awards Model of the Year winner Brigid McGaw: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/sfa5.jpg

The Red Carpet models at the Scottish Fashion Awards: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/sfa6.jpg

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