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FROM SCOTTLAND WITH LOVE: THE SCOTTISH LION MEETS THE ASIAN DRAGON, BY: TAPTI TAPAN

On April 8, 2013 a  night to celebrate the eleventh year of Red Carpet brought a very high profile celebrity-filled Scottish evening of fashion and fun.  A fusion of Scottish, British, Designers, Celebrities, Models, Actors, along with Asian Celebrities set the atmosphere for the evening. The Scotland with Love was extremely delighted to announce the collaborations for this show between Scottish Textile companies and established Asian designers such as Vivienne Tam, Zang Toi etc.

A fashion event that challenges itself every year to produce fresh, creative and a more entertaining and informative fashion show than the previous one  turns out to be a rather challenging task to have international guests under one roof to spend their time, expertise and resources. Designers, stylists and models continue to take the show to the next level, making it better and more professional each year by outdoing themselves for a noble cause.

The theme of this year’s show was, “The Scottish Lion Meets the Asian Dragon”, represented by the Yin/Yang symbol (Yin and Yang are opposite in nature, but they are part of nature. Yin represents the feminine or negative nature of things and yang stands for the masculine or positive side, such as hot and cold, day and night, female and male etc.  They rely on each other and they cannot exist without each other.) The aim of this year’s show was to expand commercial opportunities for  designers, manufacturers and business partners. “When we look at growth these days we look at opportunities in Asian Markets.” Hence, the idea is to engage new Asian buyers, designers, businesses, financial supporters, models, celebrities and new business partners.

The Main purpose of the event was to raise funds for the wounded warrior project in the US,( the project supports thousands of injured veterans returning to US from Iraq and Afghanistan and provides much needed assistance to their families.) and The McConnell International foundation in Scotland. (the foundation raises funds to help developments programs in conflict affected communities. The work of the foundation extends from Scotland to Africa.)

The lobby was full of press and media, photographers, men dressed elegantly in Kilts, and Tartan suits (in Scottish Tartan, Plaid, representing the colors of Scotland and Great Britain), whereas, some women dressed so elegantly and artfully in Asian attire matching with the theme of the event..Cocktails and hors’dourves were served for all guests attending the event. An asian singer opened the runway with a beautiful song, welcoming all the audience and guests.

A lot of guests came to support the event and to enjoy the performances of beautiful and accomplished models, dancers (tap and Asian), singers, violinists (Sarina) and celebrities and designs of top international designers. Some of the models were, Josh Elliot (co-anchor of ABC TV’s Good Morning America), Kelly Choi (Emmy winning TV host), Arun Gandhi ( grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, sported the baby blue, World Peace Tartan), Joel hanna (River dance dancer and choreographer), Sophie Kennedy Clark (Scottish model and was face of Burberry), Lord Mc Connell ( former first minister of Scotland, now in the house of Lords) just to name a few.. Designers whose designs were shown on the runway were Vivienne Westwood (London), Glenisla Kilts, Harris Tweed and Hilary Grant just to name a few. Vidal Sassoon’s creative director and artists very gracefully styled the hair for the runway and the makeup artists from Pro Temptu created an elegant look.. The Sponsors associated with the event were Mercedes Benz, Stage 48, Celtic Life, Asian in New York, and the China Institute just to name a few.

The judges were there to view the runway looks and pass their comments on the designs stylized.  The judges were, Julee Wilson (Huffington Post), Rafael Gomes (Vivienne Westwood), Nicole Treacy (Miss Scotland), Ling Tan (First Asian Supermodel), Chloe Chen, ( leading Shanghai Designer), Eric Daman (Emmy Award winning Costume Designer) just to name a few.. Iain Emerson, editor of Famous Tartan Army Magazine was also present among the many guests.

The main color represented on the runway was the Color Red.. Red kilts for men and red lips and dresses for women.. Red ribbons were hanging from the socks of the men worn with kilts..Silver, square buttons on the jackets of men who wore kilts and walked the runway..  There were guests in Red kilts, suits and dresses, Red lips and hair pieces.. The Color Red in Chinese culture symbolizes, Good Luck, Happiness and Joy. Not only that but The Color Red is also very important in The World of Fashion, and is a High Fashion Color.. Yellow, was another color represented on the runway, a must have Spring color.   Yellow (gold) in Chinese Culture represents, Imperial Services associated with wealth and happiness. The Emerald green, one of the main color of the season for Spring/Summer 2013 announced by pantone, was shown on the runway, a muted  hooded, cashmere kilt (against creamy neutrals) and socks (matching the kilt) in emerald green very skillfully was shown and emphasized.. In Chinese Five- Element,  green resonates with spring, new life, new energy.. and it has a therapeutic effect. Black and white (yin/yang) over flowing, floor touching skirt (in a plaid)using yards and yards of fabric, & a cocktail, backless dress with a long train was very fashionably shown and represented by the models wearing it.. Gold brocade dress with applique on the shoulder, brought the feeling of Victorian times.. A tan plaid dress with a gold, brocade under skirt created a dramatic and theatrical effect on the runway, a Victorian piece that bounces as you walk.. Brocade was furthermore combined with a colorful Scottish plaid as the wings of the dress, one side was plaid but when you flip it over, it was a colorful brocade. The wings were attached to an aqua blue cocktail dress, s must have for evening, cocktail, red carpet affair.  The use of the Flower Lotus as a prop on the runway and the bird dove as a print on the dresses represented harmony, love, purity and happiness.

Short skirts in soft colors such as grey, baby pink, lilac, berry in soft cashmere were quiet playful, sexy and stylish. Men sported neutral colors, kilts in rich cashmere and shades of brown, black, off white, cream, red, rust, indigo blue, grey, fawn, berry,  purple and sported plaid scarves.  Tuxedo pants for women with red cropped jackets were very bold. Leather leggings were paired with plaid jacket (with a train at the back), and layers and layers of lace and tulle attached.. Neon colors such as neon green and pink combined with grey was quiet sporty and chic.. Geometric prints combined with colorful leather were used in short skirts and dresses with exposed zippers and laced up backs..Polka dot sheer overlay on swimwear inspired look.

A young approach to fun and contemporary look.. The runway was highlighted with shimmer, shiny, sparkling, glazing, sequence dresses, emphasizing the rich, evening, red carpet look.. Long satin gloves, stylish hats were worn with long, corseted gowns, representing the imperial, English, Scottish,  evening times. The use of feathers to adorn head pieces created a surreal look.. Layers and layers of black, cream lace used on cocktail dresses, created a flirty and a feminine look.. The designs for sure created drama, fire, joy, happiness, a feeling of imperialism, a feeling of Scottish fashion, and a feeling of Asian festivities..

This as a whole was the Fashion show during Tartan week in collaboration with Asian influence to support the noble cause, and the craftsmanship: With Love from Scotland.

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