As the fashionistas recover from the catwalks of New York and London, we celebrate the Scottish designers making their mark
When Carrie Bradshaw is donning your wares in Sex and the City, it’s fair to assume you’re on your way. For Holly Fulton the rise and rise of her fashion fortunes seemed inevitable. A darling of the Scottish fashion scene, last year saw the former ECA student pick up the gong for Young Designer of the Year at the Scottish Style Awards and the Swarovski Emerging Talent Award for Accessories at the British Fashion Awards. Just last month, she lit up the catwalks of London, her vision for Spring/Summer as enlightened as the hype would hope. Inspired by Eduardo Paolozzi’s Wittgenstein in New York, Fulton has captured the bold colour and striking shapes of the art deco architecture which inspires her. Her sharp, sophisticated look continues to garner praise for its signature embellishment in Perspex, Swarovski crystal and metal adorning necklines. ‘I’ve always been attracted to strong pieces in terms of design,’ Fulton has said of her work. ‘I have a huge love of art deco and Bauhaus styles, cubist fashion and the geometry within all these genres. The re-interpretation of these into contemporary materials gives me huge inspiration.’
She continues: ‘I love the extra dimension working with different materials has brought to my design, from crystallised elements to electrical cables. The scope for future exploration of materials continually pushes me and my work. Surface decoration allows me scope to move forward in fashion. Through this I would hope my aesthetic differs from that of other designers.’
She may be an original, but Fulton’s certainly not alone; the list of Scottish designers making their mark continues to grow all the time, with the likes of Deryck Walker, Christopher Kane, William Chambers, Bebaroque, Jonathon Saunders, Harris Tweed Hebrides, Graeme Armour, Louise Gray and Laura Lees all enjoying their moment in the spotlight.
So too have old favourites emerged triumphant this year, with Pringle of Scotland determined to shrug of the shackles of its formerly stuffy history, with this year’s catwalk collections showing an updated sense of style.
For the fashion forward, it seems there’s no way back.