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New York 2011

Harris Tweed Orb Jacket and Hat – Headpiece Fabhatrix, Photograph Gerardo Jaconelli

Another
successful year in NYC 2011!

We boarded the flight with much excitement; we
could not wait to be back in New York City!

We kick started the adventure with a trip to the
pop up shop to drop of our gear, followed by a 5am photo shoot the next day
,with photographer Gerardo Jaconelli, we took in the sights and
dressed the models with the Textiles Scotland team, a very long day but well
worth it!

Next day was fittings and chat back at pop up
shop – it was the main base for setting up meetings and talking to other
designers. Jan the stylist was upstairs dressing a host of famous faces who
came through the door. I am rubbish at spotting a celeb but hey ho they were
there never the less!

April 5th came and the eve of Dressed
to Kilt, the room was packed, there was a great atmosphere, lots of cheering
and a few whistles as models sauntered down the catwalk.

Billy Connolly was first on stage followed by my
own collection opening the show with a special Harris Tweed collection
celebrating the Centenary of the world-famous Orb. Delighted!The collection
featured Harris Tweed, velvets and vintage lace. The jackets also feature
beautiful embroidery by my partner in crime Alison Macleod of Tiger Textiles.
Her delicately embroidered panels are beautiful and make each piece so
completely unique.

A host of celebs then strutted their stuff
down the catwalk including Kiefer Sutherland, ‘Mr Big’ (Chris North) from Sex
& The City and Brian Cox who all enjoyed showing a bit of ‘cheek’ on
the runway! Paolo Nutini played an acoustic version of Caledonia, it was
simply gorgeous!

The other Scottish designers who’s outfits graced the Manhattan catwalk
included Glasgow label ten30, his new website has just launched! Alan digitally
prints and embroiders his cloth making elegant womenswear clothing.
He joined us for some good chat in Times Square and filled us in on his fashion
conquest. His wears will be available through the website soon. See more at www.ten3o.co.uk

Alan Moores ten30 collection.

Henrietta Ludgate, Haley Scanlan, Claire McInally, Di Gilpin, Strumpet and Pink
, Kiltpin and Iona Crawford also strutted some stuff on the runway. It was a pleasure to meet some friendly
faces in the Scottish fashion industry and celebrate our culture in true Scottish style.

Scottish Designers..

We all shared a space at this year’s pop up shop in the prestigious shopping
area of Madison Avenue. The designer reception at the pop up on April 6th  was fab, whisky cocktails flowed and canapés
nibbled. The setup was clean and classical and enjoyed by all who attended.

A big thank you to Textiles Scotland and to Fiona and Stewart for all their hard graft, they made it
a great evening and event for us all!

Our Harris Tweed designs on Scottish models Amy Mclleland, Nicola Mimnagh (Miss Scotland), Stephanie Williamson
Mark Hogarth shows off the Golden Orb to ccelebrateelbrate 100 years of the Harris Tweed orb.

 Art work by Alison is anyone need their chest painted!

New Yoik!
A seven man band on board the Textiles Scotland photo shoot, 10 including models!
Claire McInally dress bbeingshot at Brooklyn Bridge.


Amy Mclleland in our Harris Tweeds with Gerardo Jaconelli the photographer.



Pop Up Shop showing off Jackets, hats and AAlison’sembroidery!


AAlison’snew pal magic the dog wearing a Louis Vuitton collar..

Taxi !

to the airport..




Dressed to Kilt, New York,New York!

Tiger Textiles and I are heading to Dressed to Kilt tomorrow morning as part of the Scotland/Tartan week celebrations in New York City…we are a little bit excited!

The organisers were so enchanted by our designs from the previous year they have invited us back to showcase our new collection on the New York runway. 

NYC here we come!

Harris Tweed also have there own section on the runway this year so looking forward to seeing some of the selected designs form the Stornoway show on the catwalk!

Here are just a  few pics form last year.. will update with this year’s event next week.

 

On location with Andy Barr

 

Had to put these in for a laugh..they say everything is bigger and
better…well this t-shirt and mahoosive bed were no exception! hahaha

 

 

Celebrating 100 years of the Harris Tweed Orb!

Judy R Clark – Images Carol Ann Peacock

L-R Laurie Stewart, Harris Tweed and Knitwear, Judy R Clark, Henry Holland. Hats – Fabhatrix.


Pheasant Feather Bustle with orb hat (Fabhatrix)

Laurie Stewart, Harris Tweed and Knitwear

The centenary year of the Harris Tweed Orb was celebrated in true style  on March 12th . Alison Macleod and I co-managed the event with Lorna Macaulay to produce the event which showcased the best in British deign. It was a truly entertaining evening.

The showcase projected visuals about the history of the cloth featuring images by Ian Lawson and Carol Ann Peacock. The Laxdale ladies then took to the stage and preformed  a ‘walking song’ followed by singer song writer Irene McTaggart. Irene was fantastic on the guitar in a live acoustic session!

Laxdale Ladies backstage

Also featured in the show was ‘The Big Reveal’ where two of the cancer research workers Anne and Cathrine were game to strut there stuff down the catwalk after being made over by the hair and make up team. and adorned in harris tweed. They made over £800 during the evening kindly donated by audience members.



Now for the Catwalk…….

Henry Holland produced a show stopping collection featuring romper suits in bright purples, pinks and oranges with a hint of PVC. The designer’s range also includes silks digitally printed with a herringbone pattern that draped round the shoulders of his tailored multicoloured dresses. Alison and I could not resist trying on a couple of rompers. More photos will follow of this.(Tweedy the new puppy at the HTA chewed Alison’s camera cable so will update soon!)

Henry Holland dress and jacket

The Queen of fashion Dame Vivienne Westwood sent down a womens-wear tailored coat featuring over sized lapels in stripes of grey, blue and black from her autumn/ winter 2010 Prince Charming range. We were very pleased to have her new wears appear on the Stornoway catwalk.

Ben Sherman’s Classic Collection in traditional moss greens jackets, styled with retro braces was accompanied by a local West Highland Terrier who was also kitted out in a distinctive harris tweed coat.

Ben Sherman

Slanj produced a bespoke Harris Tweed contemporary kilt outfit for host, Fred MacAuly. Fred entertained audience in our afternoon and evening show then went on to do a killer stand up performance which led to much laughter and a few wines!

Fred MacAuly in tweed outfit by Slanj

New Scottish fashion label Jaggy Nettle supplied a range of Harris Tweed High Tops and quirky cashmere jumpers which featured throughout the show. I really want the black ‘Slag’ jumper!

Three local designers Netty Sopata, Sally Avis and Laurie Stewart collaborated on a collection using hues of greys and blues; the range features exquisite kilts designed for the female form.

Harris Tweed and Knitwear, Laurie Stewart, Joyce Paton, Iona Crawford

Iona Crawford made a four piece collection for the show in light coloured pastels lined with her illustrative silk prints.

New Glasgow fashion label Obscure Couture
produced a one of a kind play suit in leather and black and white check.
The ladies sent me some images of their new piece..check it out!


Obscure Couture

Obscure Couture


Fawns Reid, an Edinburgh based milliner, designed exclusive pieces incorporating the Harris Tweed  orb into her head wear using gold, felt, feathers and of course Harris Tweed. She has her own unique signature style which finished of the outfits in dramatic style. (Her hats feature in most of these images.)

Irregular Choice provided the show with a beautiful range of footwear, a big thank you to them for their kind sponsorship. 

Joyce Patons outfit  closed the show, alongside Harris tweed in Knitwear. The finale featured two models being piped down the catwalk holding a golden harris tweed orb designed by Joyce symbolising the homecoming of the orb.



Joyce Paton

Some of the backstage team



  
  CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO LINK   to STV film clip form the Stornoway event.

A big thank you to all that helped make the show possible. Colours Model Agency provided us with a superb team of models, they fell in love with the island and are sure to return! 

Maggie
your hospitality was great and to Christine for her four star accommodation at  the Hostel. All of our dressers backstage did a superb
job.

Alison and I had a fantastic time producing the show with Lorna and have plans to bring it to catwalk near you later this year!

Photographs from the show were provided by Carol Ann Peacock,
the images she has on her website featuring people from the island are
beautiful so please check them out! Carol Ann has a book coming out in
the Autumn about weaving with the writer and Poet Donald S. Murray.

Family fun at Donalds loom in Shawbost


Looking forward to my next trip to Lewis..

Here is to the next 100 years of the  Harris Tweed Orb..Slainte!