S:RD Showcase 2016

On Thursday night Scotland: ReDesigned celebrated its 10th anniversary with Evolve, a showcase of fashion, accessories and interior designers based in Scotland. Taking place at Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre, guests had a VIP preview of stalls from each designer, a fashion show on the S:RD runway, and an awards ceremony for this year’s best fashion brands. This weekend they are also running a pop-up shop at the same venue, so if you’re in Glasgow today, make sure to check it out and #shoplocal!

A huge range of people from throughout Scotland’s fashion industry turned up, including bloggers Forever Your’s Betty, Bee Waits and Honey Pop Kisses, musicians, designers, press, politicians and more. We even got an exclusive view of a fashion film by London fashion house Teatum Jones, and talks from Anna Freemantle-Zee, Helen Marnie, Fiona Hyslop and Chris Hunt.  It was wonderful to be in an environment where all the emphasis was on celebrating the plethora of talent we have here in Scotland, and there was an atmosphere of excitement for what is to come, for the progress made even in the last 10 yeas is immense.

It was great to see some familiar brands there, including Fashion Foundry, Glasgow School of Art, Hayley McSporran and Covet– which I will be wearing to tonight’s Herald Fashion Awards! I adore Covet’s debut eponymous collection of handbags, especially the blue and purple metallic range (goes perfectly with my blue hair!)

As part of the showcase, Scot Street Style had a gallery of up and coming Scottish photographers: #Onward! Including Gavin McQueen, Zeno Watson and Peter McNally.

As well as established Scottish fashion brands like Siobhan McKenzie Kilts, I really enjoyed discovering some newbies, such as Luul, Irena Gusakova and Nonchalant.

Womenswear designer Kirsteen Stewart, based in Orkney.

Gorgeous delicate underwear brand Mischke Lingerie, based in Edinburgh.

One of my favourite Glasgow fashion brands Rachel McMillan, part of Fashion Foundry 2016.

Awesome Origami lights from interiors brand Misty Concepts.

Print Designer Laura Spring, who won the S:RD interiors award on the night!

One of my favourite up and coming abstract interior designers Mairi Helena.

I couldn’t not take pictures and try on this fluffy coat of dreams by Barbra Kolasinki, again part of Glagow’s Fashion Foundry!

Cool Victoriana style creations by long time Scottish design favourite Judy R Clark.

Barbra Kolasinksi (above). 
New Bedford (below left). 
Rachel McMillan (below right).

Sleekit Studio (above).
Birds of Prayers (below).

Models: Model Team.
MUA: Sara Hill Make Up.

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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Carnivale Vintage

Last night I attended a really brilliant event at the Grassmarket’s newest boutique, Carnivale Vintage. The vintage clothing and accessories shop held a live acoustic music session, offered vintage hair and make-up styling, and provided delicious cakes from Tasty Buns Bakery as well as sorbet prosecco floats from Mary’s Milk Bar.

It was my first time in the store, which is on Bread Street in Edinburgh, and I was taken aback by the huge variety of genuinely beautiful garments from the roaring 20’s all the way up to the power-dressing 80’s. 

With a generous discount on the night offered by the stylish owner, Rachel, I came home with a cashmere and silk camel coat by Harvey Nichols and a 90’s lacy slip dress, which tonight I’m layering over a black roll neck ribbed top and burgundy loafers. Whats more the Cambridge Satchel Company were there with some covetable autumn/winter bags on special off; I was very tempted and can’t wait to browse they Edinburgh store to see the full collection.

Amy Garland MUA was providing lips and flicks for the guests, and as I was going out to Itchy Feet afterwards, a rock n roll club night at Studio 24, I was definitely in need of a retro hollywood glamour makeover. Others got their hair transformed into voluptuous curls and polished victory rolls by Kay Corbett, which is a look I wish I could pull off, but I guess blue hair isn’t very 50’s, and apart from anything I am too lazy to put in all that effort for a hairdo!

My man Jack Hinks was the first musician to kick off Rachel’s new Carnivale Sessions. He played some awesome mellow tunes throughout the night and performed a little set of originals at the end. I would really appreciate it if you checked out his instagram-@jackhinksmusic, and have a wee listen on Spotify/Itunes/whatever floats your music boat! 

If you want to check out this wonderful independent vintage boutique for yourself,  why not head along to their Chistmas Shopping event on Thursday 1st December for some fashion and fizz?

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
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Studio 236

I’m still buzzing from a fantastic day in Glasgow on Thursday, including vegan goodies from my favourite cruelty-free cafe bar Mono, a visit to the Nu Blvck studios, some Christmas shopping   (yes I am super organised this year!), a meeting with Creative Scotland and finally, the wonderful Fashion Foundry event, Studio 236! A celebration of the 5 emerging fashion designers based at South Block, the event was filled with fizz, food (amazing sarnies from Piece) and fun, with even the Sleekit Studio puppy Luna joining in!

The designers (Rachel Mcmillan, Iain McDonald, Piotr Pyrchala, Barbra Kolasinski and Robert Newman) put on a great party, with guests such as MUA Klara Chomicz and stylists I’ll Be Your Mirror. We got to preview toiles, sketches and mood boards from the brands’ new collections, purchase from sample sales, and network with Glasgow’s fashionistas, while enjoying the world’s best brownies from Bakery 47.

What do you think of this prototype for a black sequin harem jumpsuit? And what about this stunning fluffy coat by Barbra Kolasinkski?

I adore Sleekit Studio (by Iain McDonald) so much that I wore a Dead Sleekit tee-shirt dress to the party. As you can see below it matched my hair perfectly! His gorgeous printed scarves are now available to buy online, and keep your eyes peeled as he is now designing prints for Topshop’s summer collection!

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
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Big Hair Do Salon Event

On Wednesday I attended a wonderful event at boutique Leith hair salon Austen Thomson, The Big Hair Do, a nationwide celebration of hair salons organised by Layered and Creative Head, aiming to encourage people to try out new season styles, colours and products. 

Austen Thomson’s ethos is to Inspire and Evolve, with contemporary fashion trends translated into wearable hair styles, a wide selection of cutting edge product, and hugely knowledgable and talented stylists at hand. I had a wonderful time at the event and even discovered a new miracle product, read on to find out more!

Austen Thomson itself is a stunning salon with modern, luxurious interiors, and was fully kitted out for the Big Hair Do night, providing delicious food and drink from Malmaison Hotel in Edinburgh. Guests had a chance to mingle with other industry experts and the wonderful staff and PR team, as well as receive hair consultations and treatments at dedicated Style Stations. I was looked after by the truly wonderful Christie, a long-term loyal stylist at Austen Thomson Hair, who immediately jumped on my pastel pink hair

She decided to experiment with the new Scwarzkopf  Blonde Me Instant Blush Blonde Beautifiers, spray on semi-permanent pastel hair colours that are simply applied and blow dried out, specifically using the Ice shade, which is usually used to neutralise brassy tones, but turned me into a rose and lilac my little pony! I instantly fell in love and purchased the product for myself; I can’t wait to try it out at home! 

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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Thou Shalt Covet

After 8 years of cherry picking quality designer handbags from all over Europe, Covet, Edinburgh’s top designer handbag boutique, are now proud to present their debut eponymous collection. The opulent 2016 Autumn/Winter Colour palette takes inspiration from rich jewel colours and precious metals: Platinum, Gold, Copper, Pewter, Rose Gold, Turquoise metallic, Amethyst metallic, Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire, Quartz and Onyx.

“After listening to our customers tell us what they want, we have created a capsule collection of beautiful, quality, luxury handbags at an affordable price, which we hope they will love” – Anna and Blaise, founders of Covet.

I really enjoyed previewing the gorgeous new products at the event held at their Thistle St boutique last week, alongside Edinburgh Bloggers and loyal Covet customers alike. Scroll on to see all the beautiful bags from the new collection!

Get involved : #covetdesigneraccessories #covetedinburgh 

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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