Lynne McCrossan: Checking out the talent at new york tartan week

Emma Thorpe from Portobello. Really loved Emma's sequin top, biker jacket combo. That and the fact she was embracing the weak Scottish sun by wearing sandals. The jacket is from H&M, the top which is worn backwards is Topshop. Dress is Primark and the big bag is Cath Kidston.
Emma Thorpe from Portobello. Really loved Emma's sequin top, biker jacket combo. That and the fact she was embracing the weak Scottish sun by wearing sandals. The jacket is from H&M, the top which is worn backwards is Topshop. Dress is Primark and the big bag is Cath Kidston.
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TONIGHT the fashion world will have its eye firmly fixed on our home-grown talent as we invade the runways of New York City.

Tartan Week was once something the cool creative kids in Scotland cringed over. Although great for promoting Ecosse across the pond, there was a hint of fromage hindering a full embrace.

Not this year. Flying the fabulous flag are our most couture conscious bunch yet in Hayley Scanlan, Judy R Clark and Saunt and Sinner.

The fashion pack have been furiously sewing their collections over the last few weeks ahead of tonight’s showcase.

Hayley hailed Debbie Harry and Mary Queen of Scots as her design heroines.

That pairing of punkish roots with a princess twist is classic Scanlan, she embodies sugar and spice 
spectacularly making her the sought after designer of the moment.

Edinburgh’s Judy R Clark has her own section in the show with world peace tartan pieces being the highlight. She has collaborated with Scottish lace mills MYB and Calzeat.

The Borders-based lace mill Calzeat has just been commissioned to create new curtains for the White House, and it’s not just for any old windows, it’s the ones behind Barrack Obama’s desk!

It’s certainly a good time to be a creative in Scotland.

Congratulations guys, you did us proud.

Fashion Insider

One for the boys this week. Debenhams has just announced Savile Row tailor and star of BBC2’s Great British Sewing Bee, Patrick Grant, will be joining Jasper Conran and Henry Holland to be its latest Designer at Debenhams this autumn/winter.