13th July 2015 -- The OLYMPUS PEN Scottish Fashion Awards have announced today an impressive list of nominees for their 10th Anniversary gala, which will take place in the Corinthia London Hotel on 3rd September. The event will be co-hosted by the RT Hon David Mundell MP Secretary of State for Scotland and Chairman and awards founder Dr. Tessa Hartmann.
The black tie 'Highland Gathering' will be hosted by TV personality Laura Whitmore and will change in format to reflect their 10th Anniversary celebrations.
"We're having a gala party this year to showcase the incredible Scottish fashion, design and textile talent we have working in Scotland and around the world. There will be DJ's and a club décor will replace the formality of banqueting tables. Once the awards are presented the celebrations will begin and as you know we Scot's do love to throw a good party," said Tessa Hartmann.
The decision making process will begin in earnest next week with the stellar line up of judges who will have a challenging task indeed.
"The Scottish Fashion Awards have provided an invaluable platform for a roll call of talents over the past 10 years, and I am delighted to be appointed a judge at this year's special anniversary edition," stated Katie Grand, Editor-in-Chief, LOVE Magazine.
Other judges include supermodel Stella Tennant, Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive of The British Fashion Council, Sara Maino - Head of New Talent, Italian Vogue, Mickey Boardman - Editorial Director, Paper Magazine (NYC), Jo Elvin – Editor, Glamour, Justine Picardie - Editor-in-Chief, Harpers Bazaar, Natasha Pearlman – Editor, Grazia, Jane Bruton - Deputy Editor & Lifestyle Director The Daily Telegraph, Jessica Bumpus - Fashion Features Editor Vogue.co.uk, Penny Martin - Editor, The Gentlewoman and Colin McDowell MBE to name but a few. (Click HERE to see full judging panel).
With OLYMPUS PEN having been secured as the headline sponsor for this glittering gala, supported by Maserati and The British School of Fashion, the event is set to kick off fashion season in grand style.
Mark Thackara, National Marketing Manager, UK Consumer Products Olympus said: "We are delighted with the exceptional quality of the nominees and look forward to photographing them and the winners on the night with the OLYMPUS PEN."
VIP guests will also be pampered at the awards style suite in preparation for the red carpet. Official Partners of this bespoke luxury suite include Toni & Guy, Debenhams Beauty, bareMinerals, Liquid Gold Prosecco, Deeside Natural Mineral Water, Caorunn Gin, anCnoc Whisky, Designs by M and PROPERCORN.
Just who will steal the crown as Scotland's most fashionable King and Queen of fashion is up for grabs, but be warned; the Scots are coming to London town for the night for one 'belter' of a party!
THE 2015 OLYMPUS PEN SCOTTISH FASHION AWARDS NOMINEES ARE...
Scottish Designer of the Year
Holly Fulton, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Kestin Hare and Patrick Grant for E. Tautz
Scottish Textile Brand / Manufacturer of the Year
ESK, Barrie Knitwear, Edition Scotland and Brora
Communicator of the Year
Lynsey Alexander – Make Up Artist, Trish Ward – Photographer, Gordon J Millar – Scot Street Style, Stewart Bryden – Photographer and Lindsay Macpherson – Fashion Features Editor, Harrods Magazine
Scottish Young Designer of the Year
Le Kilt, Cats Brothers, Mairi McDonald, Emily Millichip and Kelly Dawn Riot
Scottish Fashion Graduate of the Year
Rachael Eustace (Edinburgh College of Art), Melissa Villevieille (Edinburgh College of Art), Jonathan Douglas (Glasgow School of Art), Charles Jeffrey (Central St.Martins) and Ryan Cowie (Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University)
Scottish Retailer of the Year
Findra.co.uk, Honeyz.com, weareponymous.com, Walker Slater and Tens.co
Scottish Model of the Year
Misha Hart (Viva London), Paul Carrigan (Storm / Model Team), Jean Campbell (Viva London) and Eilie Bennett (Next Management Miami)
Scottish Accessory Designer of the Year
Strathberry of Scotland, Karen Mabon, I Love a Lassie, Hunter, Finlay & Co.
Luxury Retailer of the Year
Harvey Nichols (Edinburgh), Watches of Switzerland (Glasgow), Belstaff (Glasgow), Burberry (Edinburgh) and Emporio Armani (Glasgow)
International Designer (For best use of Scottish fabric/Scottish inspired collections)
Kate Spade New York, Topman and I'M Isola Marras
(Hall of Fame, Founders Award, Fashion Ambassador, Fashion Philanthropist and Fashion Icon will be presented on the night.)