Fashion: Kirsty Stevens, Charcot

Do the designs pictured on these pages make you think of impossibly delicate and intricately beautiful moths? They’re actually inspired by MRI scans of the lesions multiple sclerosis (MS) has caused in Kirsty Stevens’ brain, taken in the lead-up to her diagnosis in 2007. She incorporates the designs into jewellery, scarves, cushion covers and framed prints to raise awareness about MS and has been picked as the first V&A Dundee Design Champion. Inspirational designers creating quality work and helping to enhance people’s lives, or champions of the power of design to improve the world, will be announced weekly until the museum opens in 2018.

Kestin Hare  Sutherland Trucker �229, Inverness Trouser �119, Northern Shores Collection, sunglasses, Photographer Richard Gaston, model David Cooper

Fashion: Kestin Hare

As Kestin Hare opens his new Cruiser Store in Leith, we catch up with the Edinburgh-based menswear designer for a look at his new spring collection, Northern Shores

Bagpipe player dons his kilt colours.

How to choose the right kilt

Highland dress is a popular choice of outfit for weddings, graduations and glitzy events - and not just in Scotland, either.

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Why tweed is now a hallmark of Scottish fashion

In a secret green space off of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, Paul Walker’s studio is packed with tweeds of every imaginable pattern, colour and texture. The Walker Slater founder and designer thinks the hand-loomed textile can become as diverse a fabric as the Italian denim. “Tweed is almost becoming the denim of Scotland.

The Naked Highlander range has been set up by the festival and Black Isle design firm Prickly Thistle.

Belladrum festival launches tartan fashion label

A Highland music festival has become the first in the UK to boast its own tartan fashion range.
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My Life in Clothes - Becca Flory of Nu Blvck

Amanda Wakeley and her business and life partner Hugh Morrison this summer, with Wakeley showcasing her bias-cut evening dresses and tuxedo designs

‘Got to feel gorgeous!’

Amanda Wakeley is passionate about creating beautiful clothes for busy women

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Edinburgh Woollen Mill cleared of mislabelling

Edinburgh Woollen Mill has been found not guilty of mislabelling scarves as 100 per cent cashmere.

Kestin Hare. Picture: TSPL

Kestin Hare Picks up Prestigious Fashion Award

An Edinburgh menswear designer was honoured at the 11th Annual Scottish Fashion Awards in London last month.

Inverleith House could yet win a reprievePicture: Colin Hattersley

Ewan McGregor among stars fighting Inverleith House closure

Ewan McGregor, Irvine Welsh, Val Kilmer, Fran Healey and Janet Street-Porter are among more than 230 leading cultural figures demanding a rethink over the sudden closure of an Edinburgh art gallery after 30 years.

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The new fabric is softer and more lightweight than regular Harris Tweed. Picture: Carloway Mill

Harris Tweed mill produces softer fabric for fashion houses

A Harris Tweed mill has responded to calls from the fashion industry to produce a “softer, lighter premium tweed” which is less scratchy but just as resilient.

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Tartan is popular across the world, from the streets of East London to the catwalks of Milan. Picture: Contributed

How tartan inspired hipsters and generations of style tribes

It was once a feared symbol of rebellious Highland clansmen, considered so dangerous that laws were passed to prevent anyone except Government troops from wearing it.

Lawrence Cowan and his son Fergus. Picture: Contributed

Dad and son to wear pink kilts for a month in cancer fundraiser

A fundraising father and son are to wear pink kilts for a month to raise money for breast cancer research.

Tessa Hartmann launched the Scottish Fashion Awards 10 years ago.

Scots fashion guru hits out over political bickering at awards ceremony

The figurehead of the Scottish Fashion Awards has complained that the country is being held back by arguments about political borders, a failure of ambition and the lack of a ‘can do’ attitude.
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Scotland is performing well in an industry which is worth �28bn to the UK economy. Picture Robert Perry/TSPL

David Mundell to co-host Scottish Fashion Awards

SCOTLAND punches above its weight in the worldwide fashion marketplace, says Scottish Secretary David Mundell.

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Theresa May: ‘Nation’s obsession with shoes interesting’

The Prime Minister said it was “interesting” that people focused on her shoes when asked whether the constant questions about her choice of footwear were sexist, claiming male counterparts were not subjected to the same scrutiny.

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McQueen often drew on Scots heritage for his designs.

Scots designer McQueen on Cool Brands list

Alexander McQueen, who drew on his Scots heritage for many of his collections, is the only fashion designer to appear in the top twenty of this year's British "Cool Brands" list.

Beth Lamont in her studio. Picture: Isabel McCabe.

What’s knot to like?

Edinburgh-based designer maker Beth Lamont is carefully packing up her ceramics to head for London as one of the Scottish designers who will showcase their work in Northern Lights, the V&A Dundee’s show at the London Design Festival this month.

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Outlander star Sam Heughan targets fashion world

He has found worldwide fame through TV series Outlander and now Sam Heughan has now turned his attention to the fashion world.

Glasgow teachers told to relax uniform standards as some pupils too poor to afford it.
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Glasgow schools told to ‘relax’ uniform as students too poor

Scotland’s biggest council has told schools to relax uniform standards because their students are too poor to afford it.

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