You may remember last year that we announced our first ever Scotland Re:Designed Awards supported by Creative Scotland– one each for womenswear, menswear and accessories. Today, we look at the winners and the successes of their win and how they used the award towards their latest collections.
The category of womenswear is without doubt one of the most competitive and this was no exception, however designer Holly Fulton reigned supreme with her lady like boudoir glamour and impeccable geometric prints.
Holly was able to support her Autumn/Winter 2015 collection by using the mentoring and funding from SR:D and Creative Scotland towards new research. We popped down for London Fashion Week to see the results and her collection was absolutely stunning – everything from the colour palette, fabrics and embellishments were considered, beautiful and entirely wearable!
Of her Award, Holly noted that
“SR:D provides you with an opportunity to expand and broaden your horizons whilst pinpointing and addressing areas of your business that need attention to allow you to grow.”
Formerly Common People Clothing, creative director Kestin Hare only at the start of 2015 launched his eponymous label at London Collections: Men. The new collection is nothing short of the genius we’re used to with Common People; in fact its much more exciting than that. With new fabrics, a new manufacturer and new investment from Masataka Fujino the brand has really cemented itself as a leader in menswear.
We caught up with Kestin at his relaunch at LC:M where he told us that “the Scottish Government/Creative Scotland are providing funds through Scotland Re:Designed & Genuine to do things like this which is really important as its such a difficult industry and the support is greatly appreciated.”, which we were so pleased to hear as we’ve been huge supporters of his work.
SR:D veteran William Chambers scooped the accessories category and its no surprise as his craftsmanship is second to none. The milliner is known for his classically beautiful and elegant designs which no doubt allow every lady to feel special. His most recent collection is no exception and this time, William has also ventured into mens hats so there really is something for everyone!
The SR:D Award has benefited William in that he was able to explore the option of exhibiting at other trade shows before deciding that LFW was the optimum choice. He said the mentoring from David Watts was particularly important to this decision, saying “just to be able to sit and talk with him and get us really thinking about the business and where its going to go next; it was completely invaluable and is the kind of thing we would have never been able to do otherwise.”
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