Scottish Fashion Awards 2011

House of Holland RTW Fall 2011

The latest Fashion Awards are in.

In their sixth year the Scottish Fashion Awards (in association with Vogue) were held Wednesday June 15th at the Glasgow Science Centre. In addition to Vogue’s sponsorship others included The Scottish Fashion Council, BAA Glasgow, Swarovski and The Herald.

The main prize, Scottish Designer of the Year, was won by Jonathan Saunders – not the first time he has won this event.

A full list of the winners can be seen on the Scottish Fashion Awards website here.

Awards that I was particularly pleased with was the Scottish Textile Brand of the Year Award which went to Harris Tweed, Hebrides, as much for demonstrating tartan can be stylish and modern not just consigned to travel-rugs!

International Designer of the Year went south of the border to England’s House of Holland. This Cool Britannia designer had also in his Fall 2011 RTW collection embraced Scotland in the aforementioned Harris Tweed indeed – but in a very pop-art candy store fashion in terms of the design prints.

Jonathan Saunders RTW Fall 2011

Bebaroque Maude Tights

Scottish Accessory Designer of the Year went to Bebaroque who work with hand embroidery and prints with hosiery a canvas for their artistic musings. Other accessories such as scarf’s and hair-grips also get this ornate make-over. The founders, Chloe Patience and Mhairi McNicol, both studied in the Glasgow School of Art, starting this company in 2007. Their collections are for sale on their website and also available in high-end UK Stockists Harrods, Selfridges and Liberty.

Finally the Hall of Fame award went to Rankin – which did cause me to double-take wondering how the Scottish crime novelist Ian Rankin had landed such an award not associating him with a notable interest in fashion! But no this is the photographer and magazine publisher Rankin who like Madonna and Rihanna goes only by one name. To many his work transcends the craft of photography itself into art.

British Graduate Fashion Week 2011

Another day, another awards event.

Graduate Fashion Week took place 5-8 June at Earls Court, London – with the awards show finishing off that week – and this too their 20th Birthday. The culmination of Universities and other Higher Education Institutes exhibiting their collections before judges presented these awards.

Rory Longdon

Rory Longdon, from Nottingham Trent University won the George Gold award of £20,000 – with his collection of Matrix Trinity-tunic inspired outfits.

And no that is not some philanthropist called George Gold rather Asda fashion partner George and their Gold award!

The Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textile Award went to Dominique Kral, Northbrook College, Suffolk, for her lizard-lady bodice sculpted chunky knit Armour apparel.

The Womanswear Award went to Marissa Owen of University of Central Lancashire for her sculptured evening wear collection.

Harriet Edmunds

The Lifeline IT Media & Design Award went to Lauren Brown and Sophia Sabados from UCA Epsom for their pictorial zine of six youth-celebrating fashion stories.

Other collections that I enjoyed over the week included Harriet Edmunds, UCA Epsom, with its bright colours and stylish cuts.

Also Raj Shinji, Salisbury College, and their updated take on Old Hollywood caught my eye along with Hannah Cummings, Edinburgh College of Art, and her vivid orange and blue palette.

The Future of British Fashion can continue to hold its head up high.