Oh I did have a splendid night on Monday at the Scottish Fashion Awards 2012. Not only did I have a beautiful Temperley dress to wear, there were shiny cars,
a VIP suite filled with Swarovski pieces for us to borrow, and the soaring 2000-seater Clyde Auditorium (known locally as the Armadillo) where the Awards took place.
The sense of occasion was compounded by the attendees: forget the fashion editors, it was the guests that made the evening. Clearly everyone loves to dress up in Glasgow. They put Southerners to shame they do, with updos and long frocks and perfect make up and a sense of excitement that’s sometimes missing down south at these events.
Alexa Chung was hosting, rocking the buttoned up white shirt look she debuted at this year’s Met Ball.
As it happened, her dress designer, Scot Christopher Kane, was the choice of the best-dressed women that night: both Alexa and Stella Tennant, along with Scottish Communicator of the Year nominee The Times’ Laura Craik all wore his frocks. Hall of Fame inductee Stella wore a purple moiré long sleeve leather shift dress from the Autumn Winter 2012 collection, and Alexa wore a brown floral brocade dress with peplum knee length skirt worn over a white shirt with embroidery collar and cuffs dress from the Spring Summer 2012 collection.
As the Awards got underway, it was great to see so much talent from north of the border recognised — from Young Designer Hayley Scanlan to Louis Vuitton’s extraordinary visual talent Faye Macleod who won Scottish Communicator of the Year.
The biggest audience cheers of the evening were equally split between those for award presenter David Gandy (it was a tossup as to whether the girls or the gays made the most noise), and Designer of the Year Christopher Kane, who made a moving speech praising both his family and his Scottish roots.
We were entertained by two teenage singers whose voices were powerful way beyond their years: 16 year old Dionne Bromfield & 13 year old Tallia Storm (below in Corrie Nielsen tartan skirt & silk ruched top).
My favourite acceptance speech was from actress Karen Gillan, dressed in a very abbreviated & lovely mustard printTwenty8Twelve silk dress, who won the audience-voted Scottish Fashion Icon Award, and who clutched her trophy to her chest, as she thanked all the designers who had helped clad ‘her gangly frame’ over the past year.
We shared a cab back to our hotel after dinner, and she wins multiple points for being both extremely funny and completely without side. (She also dealt charmingly with the myriad Doctor Who fans who, rather like the Daleks, seem to have a habit of appearing from all angles, & who wanted hugs, photos & autographs. Blimey that programme is popular.)
Part of my evening was spent
grabbing politely asking friends, and supporters of the event to be interviewed about the Awards on behalf of sponsor Swarovski on our own special piece of sparkly red carpet. Here’s me talking to David Gandy with my special listening face:
I also interviewed Christopher Kane, hot off his brilliant speech accepting his Designer of the Year Award, Awards judge Grazia’s Paula Reed who was wearing a stunning pre-fall Jonathan Saunders halter-length maxi (I used to be her Bookings Editor when she was Style Director at Conde Nast Traveller back in the day), my fashion week partner-in-crime Colin McDowell, who always gives great soundbite, Brix Smith Start, who was supporting the nominees by wearing Designer of the Year nominee Louise Gray’s QR code dress which had been specially made for her and a Mulberry bag (winner of Best Use of Scottish Textiles), and Fashion Fringe winner Corrie Nielsen (nominated for Best Use of Scottish Textiles) who was fizzing with excitement over seeing Tallia Storm perform in her dress, and InStyle Editor-in-Chief Eilidh MacAskill who was the headline sponsor.
Here’s me in my beautiful Temperley dress and tuxedo with Brix, as she showed off her Swarovski bracelets.
After the Awards, we headed to the official dinner — Swarovski crystals had been strewn across the tables, lit by tall candelabra, and we all fell upon our suppers with ravening appetite. (It is a massive untruth that fashion editors do not eat.)
The after-party back at Blytheswood Square went on late, but I’m afraid I turned into a Swarovski-bedazzled pumpkin and was curled up under my duvet by midnight.
You can see the full list of winners here
I attended the Scottish Fashion Awards courtesy of Swarovski’s International Red Carpet Calendar which includes The Golden Globes, The Oscars, Cannes Film Festival and The Scottish Fashion Awards.