WHO ARE SCOT­LAND’S FASH­ION 50?

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Amanda Davies founded Honey Pop Kisses in 2012, a fash­ion and beauty blog packed with verve. The Glas­gow-based blog­ger – known for her candy-floss pink hair and love of tat­toos – puts an em­pha­sis on home­grown de­sign tal­ent and cru­elty-free beauty along­side a mix of style, high-street trends and travel ad­ven­tures. (SS) Siob­han Macken­zie is one of Scot­land’s most ex­cit­ing young de­sign­ers cre­at­ing con­tem­po­rary kilts for men and women. Her rein­ven­tion of the clas­sic kilt has caught the at­ten­tion of celebri­ties in­clud­ing Justin Bieber, who wore one at his SSE Hy­dro show last year. Named Best New Scot­tish De­signer 2016 at the Scot­tish Va­ri­ety Awards, her fu­ture is bright. (SE) Jenivieve Berlin millinery is recog­nised as Scot­land’s rebel of tra­di­tional head pieces. Orig­i­nally de­sign­ing pieces for dancers, the Scot jet­ted into fash­ion in 2011 cre­at­ing bold millinery in­spired by the edgy style of Berlin. We think Lady Gaga is the per­fect can­di­date to sport one of her pieces. (SE) Rome-born Sil­via Pel­le­grino fell in love with Scot­land on a hol­i­day when she was 20. In 2009, she made Glas­gow her home and a year later set up Chou­chou Cou­ture from a small stu­dio in the city’s Hid­den Lane. Her trade­mark lux­ury hoods – or Hol­ly­hoods as Pel­le­grino has dubbed them – have graced the pages of Vogue, ap­peared at New York’s Tar­tan Week and been ex­hib­ited at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment. Pel­le­grino, who splits her time be­tween Glas­gow and Barcelona, strives to use Scot­tish fab­rics in­clud­ing tar­tan, tweeds and lace. Projects in­clude de­sign­ing bags for the Glas­gow Style Mile and cre­at­ing a pink tar­tan “Sis­ter­hood” with pro­ceeds to char­ity Wo­mankind World­wide. (SS) In the world of knitwear, Rosie Sug­den is one of the ris­ing stars. Spe­cial­is­ing in cash­mere knitwear ac­ces­sories, the epony­mous la­bel has cre­ated col­lec­tions for An­thro­polo­gie, Lib­erty, Har­rods and Net-a-Porter. Fol­low­ing a trip to New York this year, she teased that she has more ex­cit­ing things to come. Watch this space. (SE) For­mer film pro­ducer Cather­ine Aitken cre­ates ac­ces­sories in her­itage cloth such as Har­ris tweed, waxed cotton and linens, and is ex­pand­ing into chic movie-in­spired printed tex­tiles. Ed­in­burgh-based Aitken, 55, found her path into fash­ion after de­sign­ing a Katharine Hep­burn-in­spired bag to pro­mote a film at Cannes. She has cre­ated col­lec­tions for Judy Mur­ray at Crom­lix Ho­tel and the Na­tional Gal­leries of Scot­land Ti­tian ex­hi­bi­tion. Aitken was one of 20 de­sign­ers cho­sen by Craft Scot­land to ex­hibit her work at the Amer­i­can Craft Show in Bal­ti­more last month. (SS) Iso­lated Heroes – launched by Dundee’s Sa­man­tha Pa­ton in 2012 – has be­come syn­ony­mous with se­quins, sass and style icons such as Mi­ley Cyrus and Paloma Faith. Her sig­na­ture style of hand-em­bel­lished de­tail, over­sized sil­hou­ettes and vivid colour pal­ettes is in­ter­wo­ven with wider themes of em­pow­er­ment, in­clu­sive­ness and a cel­e­bra­tion of body pos­i­tiv­ity. Pa­ton’s de­signs deftly break the mould by be­ing avail­able to a size 24. (SS) There’s al­ways room for a Strath­berry hand­bag in a woman’s wardrobe. The lux­u­ri­ous Ed­in­burgh brand of­fers min­i­mal­is­tic hand­bags pro­duced by the finest ar­ti­sans us­ing the high­est-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als. Each hand­bag fea­tures clean lines and a unique bar clo­sure. With var­i­ous colours and styles, Strath­berry likes to spoil cus­tomers for choice –we’ll take five. (SE) Sleekit is one of the brands of the mo­ment. Founded by Scot­tish de­signer Iain McDon­ald, the brand cre­ates wear­able pieces of art with bright and bold de­signs. One to watch, McDon­ald re­cently cre­ated prints for Top­shop which will fea­ture in their sum­mer range. Fa­mil­iarise your­self with Sleekit be­cause big things are pre­dicted for Sleekit. (SE) Friends Tom Welsh, Marty Bell and Kris Reid came up with the idea for Tens on a road trip in the High­lands in 2012. Their nifty sun­glasses de­sign con­tains in-built, In­sta­gram-style sepia-tinted lenses which en­deav­our to “make your day look 10 times bet­ter”. The Glas­gow-based firm se­cured in­vest­ment from Sir Richard Bran­son last year. The bil­lion­aire ty­coon dis­cov­ered the brand when a friend lent him a pair at his Necker Is­land re­treat. (SS) Dy­namic duo Kirsty Hal­l­i­day and Stu­art Trues­dale are the faces be­hind Glas­gow’s di­verse fash­ion agency I’ll Be Your Mir­ror. Com­ing from a back­ground in lux­ury fash­ion, in­clud­ing be­ing men­tored by in­flu­en­tial photographer Nick Knight, the pair of­fer styling, art di­rec­tion and cre­ative project pro­duc­tion ser­vices. Their work has al­ready been fea­tured in­ter­na­tion­ally in ti­tles such as i-D and Hunger. We’d trust them to be our mir­ror any day. (SE) Glas­gow-born de­signer Ron­nie McDon­ald is rul­ing the roost as head de­signer at fash­ion­for­ward la­bel Tiger of Swe­den, where he has worked for al­most a decade. Ar­guably his most iconic de­sign for the brand is the Tiger Tar­tan which fea­tured in 100 jack­ets, 100 scarves and a few kilts. The Scot ap­pears to be do­ing an ex­cel­lent job rep­re­sent­ing na­tional tal­ent in in­ter­na­tional ter­ri­tory. (SE) Ed­in­burgh Col­lege of Art grad­u­ate Rachael Eus­tace has turned heads from early in her ca­reer in­clud­ing be­ing short­listed as Scot­tish Fash­ion Awards grad­u­ate of the year and be­ing a fi­nal­ist in de­sign com­pe­ti­tions for Ware­house, Whis­tles and Mack­in­tosh. In 2009, she and her fa­ther David – a photographer who has shot pic­tures of Sir Paul McCart­ney, Sophia Loren and Ewan McGre­gor – were com­mis­sioned by An­thro­polo­gie to doc­u­ment a 3,000-mile road trip from Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia to Eus­tace, Texas. The 24-year-old is work­ing as a de­sign as­sis­tant in menswear at H&M at the firm’s head­quar­ters in Stock­holm, Swe­den. (SS)

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