Scottish Fashion

Scottish Design Exchange Anniversary

 

Today marks my 1st anniversary of working for The Scottish Design Exchange (SDX), and so much has happened in that year, I thought it deserved a blog post. For those that don’t know, SDX is a collective of over 120 artists and designers, from contemporary jewellery to fine art and everything in between, all living and working in Scotland. 
 
We’re a not-for profit enterprise that opened in August 2015 as a retail space that benefits independent brands by giving them 100% of the profit, and showing customers a huge variety of unique products, knowing exactly where are coming from. 
 
I joined as an intern to help open the fashion department, and now manage over 25 designers Glasgow, Edinburgh, and beyond as well as running all the social media activities for the company.

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Cross Cashmere

Since publishing a book about the rich heritage of cashmere in Scotland, after years of working for a Scottish mill, journalist (and total #girlboss) Lynne McCrossan decided to practise what she preached, and create a capsule collection of the highest quality Scottish cashmere. The collection consists of 6 essential and versatile styles in beautiful knitwear, made for man and woman alike. Here are the shots from an editorial for Cross Cashmere with myself and Paul Keenan (of mens fashion and lifestyle blog thekeenanone.com) modelling for fashion photographer Julie Howden. Let me know what you think, and look out for Cross Cashmere featuring in an upcoming episode of Iluminate for BBC The Social.  (more…)

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Outfit styling with Mandi Candi Boutique

 
Mandi Candi is a Dundee-Based boutique providing a huge range of trend-led collections by various independent fashion designers. After discovering Mandi Candi Boutique on Instagram (check out their stylish feed here!) I was keen to collaborate, so together with  creative mastermind Daina Renton (@dainarenton) I styled up some outfits and ventured to the Morningside Wild West, a strange little derelict avenue near my flat where the buildings all resemble an American cowboy town, and shot the three looks, featuring a black pinafore jumpsuit, a suede mini shift dress, black and silver heeled boots and a gorgeous embroidered biker jacket.

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An Ode to Hope Street Magazine

The fourth and final instalment in my ‘Odes’ Series, this post is dedicated to Hope St Magazine, a contemporary Glagoow-based independent fashion magazine creatively directed by renowned make-up artist and entrepreneur Sara Hill.

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Bespoke Birds Of Prayers

Before last week, I had never worn something custom-made before, minus a floral pink bridesmaids dress as a child! It felt truly special wearing a bespoke, couture sleeveless black sequin gown, let alone one made by my colleague and friend Piotr Pyrchala, that fit me like a glove.   Birds of Prayers is Piotr’s contemporary womenswear fashion brand, based between Edinburgh and Glasgow, which is part of emerging designer programme Fashion Foundry. Focussing on muted colour palette contrasting with bold colour blocking and textures, Birds of Prayers clothing is made to flatter all ages and body types, ignoring fast fashion trends by making high quality, long lasting classics by hand.

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