Last Thursday I was lucky enough to make it a long to the launch of Design Collective Scotland in Merchant Square. While I’m sure the lure of free champagne and celeb spotting (Wagner in a tartan suit anyone?) has it appeal – for me it was a great opportunity to see what it happening in Scotland’s fashion scene among some of my favourite emerging designers. It is no secret that I’m a great advocate for design within Scotland – and we have an astounding textiles industry and our teaching facilities are astounding, so when the uni gloves come off and the career hat comes on – why is it that so many designers flog to London?
We’ve seen with the emergence of the Scottish Academy of Fashion, the Scottish Fashion Awards and various brands within Scotland over the past few years trying to push Scottish design to the forefront, and while it feels like a bit of a slow burn over the past few years, we’re finding more and more people pushing to support,promote and keep the talent within Scotland.
And I suppose that is where Design Collective Scotland comes in. Co-directed by four of Scotland’s finest up and coming, Iona Crawford (elegant clean cut silk prints) Emma Lamb (classic timeless footwear) Mark Ross (gorgeous draping and LOTS of colour with this collection) and Di Gilpin (beautifully crafted knit.)
The collective are a talented bunch of like minded individuals each with their own specialism who are keen to promote talent within Scotland – and bringing to the forefront the high end luxury design that exists within. The collections were astounding – personal favourite was Mark Ross and his use of gorgeous citrus colours. Definitley brightened up my dreary evening if nothing else.
All pics courtesy of Daniella Flores Photography – was lovely to finally meet her!