Scottish Design Awards: FIT Style

I had a crazy whirlwind day (so whirlwind that I almost perished from starvation mid-day — I blame religion-enforced selective eating), and one of my main stops was “City Meets Country: Scotland Meets Style,” ” a competition held by Scottish Development International (SDI) for Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) fashion and interior design students.

Scottish Designer Sandra Murray MBE, attends to final preparations before presenting the winning designs by Fashion Institute of Technology students at "City Meets Country, Scotland Means Style" design competition 4/5, sponsored by Scottish Development International.

It was really exciting: I go to fashion events regularly, but this was an unique experience — complete with bagpipes and mid-day vodka on the rocks! — Yoko Okuda, a fashion design major, and Kecia Mortensen, an interior design major, received top honors.

They were chosen for their innovative use of fabric, colors and textures inspired by Scotland’s rich history, landscapes and textiles.

The party was held at the Norward Club,  and I spotted some pretty spectacular Scottish VIPs, including Scotland’s Minister for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, Scottish Designer to Royalty Sandra Murray MBE, and FIT student designers.

Even cooler, models, garments and interiors illustrations were on display throughout the event for us to view, even while guests enjoyed their salmon on a cracker. (Alas, I couldn’t indulge — see above on God-sanctioned starvation.)

The goal of the competition was to recognize a new generation of designers, and their  challenge was to create garments that were simultaneously fashion forward and contemporary Scottish style. Check out some examples in the picture above!

“Scottish textiles have been the foundation for fashion and apparel for decades,” said Marilyn Hefferen, contest coordinator and assistant professor in FIT’s Department of Fashion Design. “This was an opportunity for our students to work with some of the finest textiles in the world from Scotland’s most prestigious brands.

“The entries were clearly inspired by Scottish tweeds giving their designs a beautiful subtlety of color that reflected the Scottish landscape,” said Sandra Murray, Scottish designer and competition judge. “We chose the most original and creative garments with a strong, contemporary twist to a traditional theme that would look great on any global platform. It was interesting for us to see what designers outside the UK perceived to be Scottish, and we were impressed by their ambitious designs.”


6 Responses to “Scottish Design Awards: FIT Style”

  1. 1 Judith V
    April 11, 2010 at 1:22 am

    I love the outfit. That dress is great for dinner, day trips, cocktails. I love it.

  2. 2 Heather S
    April 11, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I love the hats they are so cute

  3. April 12, 2010 at 2:00 am

    hate the sweater but, LOVE the dress. So crisp and Springy

  4. April 12, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Hi, sorry for this offtopic question but i dont find the RSS Feed Link to add this Blog to my Feedreader. Could you please give me the URL? Thanks a lot.

    Greetings from Switzerland

  5. 5 Tiffany
    April 12, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I wonder why they served vodka; I would expect Scotch 🙂

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