Organisers have announced the shortlist for the ‘Scottish Fashion Icon’ award, which will be presented at the 8th annual Scottish Fashion Awards in Dover House, London on the 9th October.
The new venue is a magnificent Grade 1 listed Georgian Mansion, apart from being used in James Bond’s ‘Skyfall’, is steeped in history and is synonymous with Scottish affairs within a UK context. Built by James Paine between 1755 and 1758 for Sir Matthew Featherstonehaugh, the buildings magnificent rotunda and staircase will provide the backdrop for Scotland’s finest designers, textile manufacturers and fashion players for the nations most high profile celebration of fashion and style.
The event, which will be hosted by MTV’s Laura Whitmore, provides an unrivalled platform for new and emerging Scottish talent and Scots working in fashion around the world. The 'Fashion Icon' award is the only category at the event to be voted for by the public.
This years sees an impressive line up of Hollywood actors, pop stars and sporting heros. The list includes; Gemma Cairney, Thom Evans, Calvin Harris, Kirsty Hume, Andy Murray, James McAvoy, Julianne Moore, Amy MacDonald, Louise Linton, Karen Gillan, Gerard Butler, Nina Nesbitt and Emeli Sandé.
Founder and producer of the event Tessa Hartmann said: “The icon list always prompts much debate but it’s a bit of fun on top of what is otherwise a very serious awards presentation. I think it’s wonderful to have so many stylish Scots working in the world of sports, acting, singing and entertainment and we applaud their own unique identity.
"We are huge fans of Andy Murray who has literally had a fashion make-over in the last 18 months and given his win at Wimbledon this year and his excellent sartorial choices, he very much deserves to be in there.
"It’s about celebrating the wide spectrum of stylish Scots we have and there’s an impressive collection in there; some whose unconventional but strong looks make the grade to the classic old school glamour from Louise Linton and indeed new entrant this year, Hollywood actress Julianne Moore (whose mother is Scottish and has just taken British citizenship). Then there’s the young, edgy and adventurous fashionista’s who are seen regularly in the weekly fashion glossies like Nina Nesbitt and now Gemma Cairney.
"We love this category as it’s designed as a bit of fun to get the public involved. The rest of the judging is a very serious business and is carried out by our esteemed panel but with this category everyone can get involved and vote for their favourite and most stylish fashion icon.”
To vote simply log onto www.scottishfashionawards.com and click the Fashion Icon section! All voters will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win two ‘Winners Gala’ tickets to the banquet.