Not that I needed an excuse to go back home to Glasgow, but I couldn’t have asked for a better reason than to attend the Scottish Fashion Awards as a nominee for the Scottish Communicator of the Year category. The award was deservedly presented to Angus Monro, a casting director who has booked models for international campaigns, including Matthew Williamson, Preen and Emilio Pucci.
Simply being nominated for this award has truly been an incredible honour. To be recognized at such a prestigious and internationally renowned event is a true accomplishment. My nomination would not have happened if it wasn’t for Maggie Barry of the Sunday Mail interviewing me for this piece that ran this March, capturing the attention of the Scottish Fashion Awards.
A big thank you to Tessa Hartmann of Hartmann Media, the force behind the awards for her fervor and drive to push Scottish talent to the forefront. Her achievements are inspirational and she does it with such gusto and pride. Also, big thanks also to her team Jennifer Lee, Karla Andrews and Hazel Fulton for being so incredibly lovely and accommodating.
To be honest, it was a pretty nerve-wracking experience preparing myself mentally, emotionally and physically for the event. Thankfully, one of my dearest pals, Danielle Meder was with me to help keep me focused and as calm as possible. Also, having a gorgeous dress on by Lucian Matis and fabulous jewellery from MICALLA helped make me feel like a million bucks.
Arriving at the Glasgow Science Centre was a bit of a surreal experience. I’d seen the video footage from the previous year; and here it was in reality. Surprisingly, I felt pretty calm as I did my walk down the red carpet, trying to look into the lens of each photographer who was calling out, “over here”. Celebrity guests included Dame Shirley Bassey, Lulu, actress Louise Linton, Skins’ Freya Mavor, D&G model David Gandy, and more. For a look at all the red carpet arrivals check out the Scottish Fashion Awards album.
At the cocktail reception, Danielle pulled out her sketchbook and watercolours to capture the well-dressed crowd while we chatting with some of the guests, including judge and Royal College of Art professor Wendy Dagworthy, Scottish Designer of the Year nominee and previous SFA winner Holly Fulton, the ever-so-handsome boys of Les Garcons de Glasgow, and design team from Bumni Koko. Danielle’s painting also garnered the interest of Henry Holland, enough so that he blogged about it on Vogue.com.
For a fashion crowd, this was one of the friendliest and most unpretentious group of people I’ve ever encountered at an event of this level. No one was posing (except for the cameras) and I felt right at home. Well, I was home.
After a little glass of champers, we headed to the auditorium for the announcement of the winners. Hosted by MTV UK’s Laura Whitmore, each award was preceded by a video project a collage of images of each of the nominees. It was flawlessly executed with winners giving brief, yet graciously humble acceptance speeches.
The full list of winners:
- Scottish Designer of the Year: Jonathan Saunders
- Scottish Young Designer of the Year: Henrietta Ludgate
- Scottish Textile Brand of the Year: Harris Tweed Hebride
- Scottish Communicator of the Year: Angus Munro
- Scottish Model of the Year: Tali Lennox
- Scottish Retailer of the Year: Rox
- International Designer of the Year (for best use of Scottish textiles): House of Holland
- Scottish Accessory Designer of the Year: Bebaroque
- Scottish Fashion Icon 2011: Freya Mavor
- Fashion Ambassador 2011: Hilary Alexander
- Scottish Fashion Graduate of the Year: Campbell Dunn
- Fashion Innovator 2011: Professor Pamela Gillies, principal and vice-chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University
- Hall of Fame 2011: Rankin
After all the awards were presented, it was off to the gala dinner and Swarovski fashion show. It was such a blast with my fellow table guests, who included DuChamp‘s Marc Psarolis, Britain’s Got Talent finalist Edward Reid, Jonathan Pryce and Daniel Stern of Les Garcons de Glasgow.
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees and thank you everyone for making this a fabulous night filled with so many great memories.
I think it’s time for Canada acknowledge and celebrate our homegrown and international talent. Will we see a Canadian Fashion Awards in our future? I think so.