1. Supporting Independent Designers
I love a good rummage round a department store as much as the next gal, but are you really going to get anything THAT different? Indie designers not only make some of the baddest stuff on the streets, but odds are if you pop along, you're going to meet the person that made it who HIYAS turn out to be some of the most talented, passionate and creative people going.
2. Bling for your head
Rene Walrus makes the BEST bridal (and let's face it) party headwear. Heavy on sparkle and fun, always delighted to see what she comes up with next. Her millinery and jewellery is big on colour and always super playful. I'm still not over the massive lip veil she did at last years Nightwalk. The lady knows how to make an impression, and her stuff is perfect if you're looking to do the same!
3. Scrummy yummy cashmere
Rosie Sugden makes some of the most luxurious cashmere staples I ever did see. We're expecting snow this week too so it's time to be investing in something to keep you cosey through them long winter nights. I know when the cold snap hits I want to be layered up in some good and toasty nits and Sugden has it pretty much covered.
4. Ladies Love a Torres
I pretty much think it's impossible for anyone not to feel like a major sex bomb in Rebecca Torres. Slinky graphic prints, hunners of colour. Perfect for under the tree or those looking for something a little less sparkly this party season. Super slinky, maybe not one for a big Christmas dinner but perfect if you are looking to make an impact on the dance floor.
5.....but in case you love sparkle
Scottish jeweler Georgia Wiseman is utterly killin' it at the moment. Her Sirus collection is flat out to die for and her selection of big old sparkly rings are perfect for edging out any outfit. Her jewels are adored by mum and daughters alike (speaking from experience) and are perfect party outfit finishers/treats for under the tree.
6. It's in the city centre
Located in Princes Square, if you are based round the central belt of Scotland you literally have NO EXCUSE for hitting this up. A hop, skip and a jump from both Queen Street and Central Station and a nose bleed from St Enoch Subway centre, it could not be easier to find this guy.
8.Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Audrey Kitching....
Are all mega fans of Edinburgh brand Bebaroque who made their name in the bis for embellished legwear and bodies. There sample sales are always to die for with prices slashed and press samples and one off goodies often making it to the rails. I'm mentally preparing a wish list of goodies. Note to self: GET THERE EARLY.
9. Award winning design on your doorstep
Scottish Fashion Awards Graduate Designer of the Year 2012, Joanne McGillivray on your door step Glasgow with some of her amazerous printed goodies. It will be great to see this emerging designer who is going from strength to strength among some of my other local favourites.
Errrrrrrrything she does is just amazing. I want all of it on my body immediately. The Fox Midnight Feast scarf may be sold out (weeping forever over heres) but a chance to scoop up some sweet samples and limited editions from her back catalogue? Sign me up! Just keep doing what you're doing Karen cause it is just, working for me so much.
Running Thursday till Saturday (such a short window, IT'S A GOD DAMN CRIME) these bad ass hotties will be working together to bring their goodies to the high street. It's a proper killer selection with something for every one. Collaboration is bloody key for young designers and with this line up, well, it's safe to say I've not been excited about anything as much as this in a looooooooooooooong time.
See you at the till point.
(*sorry mum. I just really like her scarfs.)