London, 3rd September 2015 – Christopher Kane, Hunter and Pringle of Scotland were the big winners this evening, taking home Scottish Designer of the Year, Scottish Accessory Designer of the Year and Founders Awards respectively.
The OLYMPUS PEN Scottish Fashion Awards celebrated in grand style at their 10th Anniversary ‘Highland Gathering’ last night at the Corinthia Hotel in London, where guests including Jonathan Saunders, Holly Fulton, Henry Holland, Patrick Grant, Livia Firth, Pam Hogg, Sam McKnight, Jean Campbell, Twin Atlantic, The View, Tallia Storm, Conor Maynard, The Vamps and Caroline Rush CBE arrived courtesy of Maserati to ‘Scotland’s fashion Oscars’. The event was co-hosted by the RT Hon David Mundell MP Secretary of State for Scotland, Chairman and awards founder Dr. Tessa Hartmann and presented by TV star Laura Whitmore.
Elsewhere Barrie Knitwear scooped Scottish Textile Brand of the Year, make up artist Lynsey Alexander took home Communicator of the Year, Cats Brothers were crowned Young Designers of the Year and Walker Slater Retailer of the Year. Belstaff’s Glasgow store collected Luxury Retailer of the Year, Topman picked up International Designer of the Year for their Fall/Winter 2015 London Collection, which predominantly featured striking tartans. The young maverick menswear designer Charles Jeffrey was crowned Scottish Graduate of the Year. Misha Hart having walked for Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Jonathan Saunders and Giles ensured that she was rightly crowned Scottish Model of the Year. The only award to be voted for by the public – Fashion Icon - was secured by one of the entertainment industry’s top fan bases – that of Scot, Connor Ball from The Vamps. Organisers revealed that the ‘Vampettes’ voted in their thousands and blew Calvin Harris, Gerard Butler and Paolo Nutini out of the water.
Special honours were given to Edinburgh born fashion publicist Nick Ede who was presented with ‘Fashion Philanthropist of the Year’ for his ‘Style For Stroke’ campaign. His ‘Famous Last Words’ charity t-shirt featured on a host of celebrity names has raised huge amounts of funds for the Stroke Association over the last four years and is currently retailed by boohoo.com around the world.
The awards also honoured one of the oldest names of the Scottish borders, the birthplace of the British knitwear industry - Pringle of Scotland. Massimo Nicosia and Katy Wallace collected the ‘Founders Award 2015’ as Pringle celebrate their Scottish heritage and indeed two centuries of design. Their anniversary campaign featured great Scots including Stella Tennant and was captured by legendary Scottish photographer Albert Watson, both of who have already been inducted into the Olympus Pen Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame.
Internationally renowned Scottish photographer David Eustace was inducted in the Hall of Fame alongside previous recipients that include Albert Watson, Stella Tennant, Sam McKnight and Colin McDowell MBE.
Neil Buchan-Grant photographed all the winners, for OLYMPUS PEN anniversary portraits.
The party atmosphere was evident from early in the day as VIP guests were pampered in the Debenhams Beauty Lounge where the bubbles were flowing. Toni & Guy, bareMinerals, Benito Brow Bar, Murad Skincare and Essie Nails were on hand to prepare guests for the red carpet. Even The Vamps made a late appearance for some grooming! Exclusive live acoustic performances came from Scottish soul sensation Tallia Storm and top Scottish indie band The View. After a ‘Highland Buffet’ where VIP’s indulged into Dingwall Haggis Bon Bons with Swede Puree, Mini Angus Beef Burgers with Dunlop Cheese, Mini Scottish Battered Haddock & Chips, Hebridean Smoked Scottish Salmon with Caviar and Dark Rye Bread complemented with Liquid Gold Prosecco (served in Saltire blue metallic bottles), they toasted the winners to Caorunn Scottish Gin and a dram of exceptional malt from anCnoc Single Malt Whisky. Deeside Natural Mineral water with its youth enhancing ingredients was the option for the sensible ones! OLYMPUS PEN had cleverly placed their cool looking EPL7 camera’s around the room for guests to snap away and were collected at the end of the evening!
Mark Thackara, National Marketing Manager, UK Consumer Products Olympus said: "We were seriously impressed at the exceptional quality of the nominees and indeed winners this evening. It’s been wonderful to engage all the guests to capture all the special moments on our OLYMPUS PEN cameras and we look forward to sharing them all along with our official winner’s portraits.”
Founder Dr. Tessa Hartmann said: “Our aim was to highlight Scotland’s contribution to the wider UK and international fashion industry and I think this evening’s nominees do just that. We’re so proud that over the last ten years this event has become a benchmark of success for the Scottish fashion industry. Long may it flourish and grow along with the incredible talent that it aims to represent.”
Top DJ Charles Brafman and The Sax Man ensured that the dance floor was packed to what was undoubtedly a 10th Anniversary Highland fling to remember! As the piper played to close the event, guests carried on the celebratory tone at Raffles Chelsea for the Official After Party.
THE 2015 OLYMPUS PEN SCOTTISH FASHION AWARDS WINNERS ARE…
Scottish Designer of the Year
Scottish Textile Brand / Manufacturer of the Year
Communicator of the Year
Lynsey Alexander – Make Up Artist
Scottish Young Designer of the Year
Scottish Fashion Graduate of the Year
Charles Jeffrey (Central St.Martins)
Scottish Retailer of the Year
Scottish Model of the Year
Misha Hart (Viva London)
Scottish Accessory Designer of the Year
Connor Ball (The Vamps)
Luxury Retailer of the Year
International Designer (for best use of Scottish fabric)
Founders Award 2015
Pringle of Scotland
Hall of Fame