Scotland Re:Designed – on the cutting edge of contemporary style
Lis Ferla writes about the latest Scotland Re:Designed event, providing a platform for Scotland’s fashion and textiles sector.
Given the storm in a Twittercup that accompanied the unveiling of Team Scotland’s dress uniforms, it might seem a little cheeky of me to stick “style” in the same sentence as the Commonwealth Games. Still, it can’t have escaped many people’s notice that while the sport hogged the headlines, Festival 2014 – Scotland’s biggest ever cultural programme – did a fantastic job showcasing the best of creative Glasgow and beyond. From music, dance and art to food, craft and fashion, this summer has showed categorically that our wee country has much more going for it than taps-aff and tartan.
Rounding off the Festival 2014 celebrations in, well, style, design platform Scotland Re:Designed took over the stunning City Halls – which, as Scotland House, had also been a home away from home to the country’s sporting stars during the Games – as part of the closing weekend. Accompanied by reworkings of some Scottish classics performed by string quartet Daniel’s Beard and electronic DJ Robert Duff, nine of the most recognisable and boundary-pushing Scottish designers showed off some of their recent collections.
While us VIP guests got stuck into handmade fudge provided for the occasion by Amy Claire’s, SR:D founder Chris Hunt and guest speakers Janet Archer of Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment Angela Constance explained a bit more about the night and about their cross-agency work to promote Scottish designers abroad. SR:D itself was established three years ago as a means by which Scottish designers and textile companies could build their profiles and establish and secure relationships with the media, collaborators and customers. It has gone on to showcase in Chicago, New York, London, Paris and Edinburgh.
While a few of the names taking part in the night were already familiar to me – bebaroque, whose eye-catching legwear and dresses have been seen on the likes of Beyonce and Katy Perry, have been on my wishlist for some time, while here at TYCI we’re big fans of the likes of Obscure Couture and Rebecca Torres – there were plenty of new names. Liz Black‘s designs were definitely among the most eye-catching, and if you can’t quite see yourself rocking moustache boobs to the next TYCI event the good news is that she has been collaborating with high street store River Island on a new collection that will be available from next month.
At a mere 17 years old, Arsalan was not only the youngest designer showcased on the night but, with his eyecatching streetwear range, the one that would look the least out of place on Sauchiehall Street. Meanwhile, moody-looking male models showed off some more practical pieces by menswear label Common People.
But for me, it still came down to bebaroque. I’m a tights fiend at the best of times, so their ornate hand-embroidered, screen-printed and embellished hosiery cannot help but turn my head. While they do dresses and bodysuits too, it’s the leg wear I’m desperate for. Plus, their tattoo tights are almost affordable.