New York City recently hosted the Dressed to Kilt fashion event. Dressed to Kilt was hosted by Sir Sean and Lady Connery. In case you haven't heard, this annual event features a celebrity fashion show and celebration of all things Scottish, from kilts and couture to haggis and whiskey. This year's theme was Mad for Scotland. Fittingly, funnyman Mike Meyers and former Scottish shop proprietor, was on hand to model his best kilt.
Pictured: Funny Man and Scottie Mike Meyers shows off his gams on the runway at Dressed to Kilt. (Photo: Lloyd Bishop.)
The unique fashion show displayed Scottish textiles and a range of fashions, from traditional Highland kilts to designer looks and haute couture. Yes, there is Scottish fashion, and its lovely. You many not know this, but Scotland has a burgeoning fashion trade. According to The Scotsman
, Scotland has a " 5 billion" (GBP) creative industry. Have you heard of Pringle of Scotland
? I adore it. I'm proud to say I have been shopping in Edinburgh and enjoyed a fine time at the shops. I enjoy browsing on Princes, Rose and George streets looking for bargains. There's nothing like a good Harris Tweed (I still wear my grandmother's coat)
or Scottish Cashmere (Hawick or Johnstons to name a few.)
Pictured: Miss Scotland, Katherine Brown rocked a Queen of Scots look by Scots couture designer Spencer Railton. I love the colors and the bodice. (Photo: Lloyd Bishop.)
Pictured: Sir Sean Connery poses with Scotland's Minister for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop. Fiona is wearing designer Sandra Murray . (Photo: Lloyd Bishop.)
In a bittersweet gesture, the 2010 Dressed to Kilt
show was dedicated in the honor and memory of the late Alexander McQueen, who himself was a native of Scotland and took great pride in his heritage.
Pictured: Alexander McQueen wore and designed kilts. He is pictured here with Sarah Jessica Parker, who was definitely dressed to kilt. (Photo: Stephen Lock)
The show featured a touching tribute to the designer who when asked what his Scottish roots meant to him in 2004, simply replied, "everything." We miss you Mr. McQueen. McQueen didn't have his runway collection at New York fashion week this year, so its nice to see that this Scottish fashion show honored his memory. He wore a kilt proudly, and I remember seeing photos of him in the UK papers wearing kilts during some of my visits.
Perhaps the best part of the Dressed to Kilt show is that it goes beyond fashion, and raises money for some worthy causes. Proceeds from the evening's event benefited some very worthy causes, including the Wounded Warrior Project, Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Erskine Hospital of Scotland. If you're a lover of Scottish fashion, good news, there is a shop in NYC you can check out. Friends of Scotland has opened a "Pop-Up Shop" to display designs from Scotland from Saturday until Monday April 12. The address is 13 East 69th Street, at the corner of Madison Avenue. All of the new designs seen on the runway on April 5 will be on view and for sale from Tuesday April 6 until Monday April 12.
How ironic that Scottish designs have to come to New York to get the fashion world's attention. Its a good thing that Sir Sean Connery is such a loyal supporter.