The second-annual Scottish Fashion Awards were held this weekend at Stirling Castle. Judges for the awards included British Vogue’s fashion director Kate Phelan and Daily Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander. The biggest winner of the night was Christopher Kane, who went home with the Designer of the Year honor. The Scotland-bred designer is only twenty-five and already making a huge splash in the fashion world. He revealed his award-winning graduate collection from Central Saint Martin only six months before pulling off a fabulous collection for London’s spring fashion week last year. Inspired by Versace (Donatella is a consultant) and Alaïa in the ’90s, body-clinging dresses were the item of choice in an array of patterns—lace, mesh—and bright color combinations—red and pink, violet and green.
Other prizes went to Pringle of Scotland designer Claire Waight Keller, who won Cashmere Designer of the Year, and Salvatore Ferragamo’s former women’s wear creative director Graeme Black, who was inducted into the Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame.
Scottish Fashion Awards’ producer and founder Tessa Hartmann said of this year’s awards, “The Scottish Fashion Awards celebrates the strong creative force of Scots who are contributing to the global fashion market. I have no doubt that when people think of Scotland, they will begin to pass on the shortbread, overlook the whisky, and acknowledge this fine staple of fashion designers who are leading the way in British and international fashion.”
No doubt Hartmann is spot on. It looks like Scotland will be the new destination of choice for travelers looking to score some designer duds overseas.