Shirley Manson – singer, actress and now style icon
SHIRLEY Manson and Sharleen Spiteri were among the winners in the Scottish Style Awards held last night in Glasgow.
Manson, the Edinburgh-born singer turned actress, was given the award for most stylish female and Spiteri for most stylish musician, while film director Richard Jobson was named most stylish man.
Recording artists Sandi Thom and Jon Fratelli were among the fashion lovers who gathered at the red carpet event at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
Other VIP guests at the ceremony – hosted by TV presenter Lauren Laverne – included Tracey Emin and Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon, who was one of the judges.
Mary McGowne, the awards' founder – said the winners had been chosen because of their longevity and individuality, and for presenting a positive image of Scotland to the world.
She said: "Shirley Manson, throughout her dazzling career, has always remained her authentic, individual and potent sense of style.
"She is very much her own person, confident in her own skin and her own personality, and that exudes style.
"Twenty-five years down the line, she is now one of the biggest television stars in America."
Manson, from Edinburgh, has recently branched into acting and has been acclaimed for her role as a robot villain in the TV drama Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. An ambassador for Mac cosmetics, she has been a champion of Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders, winner of the first Scottish Style Awards.
Musician turned film director Jobson was also honoured by the judges for his unerring sense of fashion.
Ms McGowne said: "He has maintained this cool credibility throughout his career – from being an art punk through a diverse career in television and now in film."
She said Spiteri, the Glaswegian-born Texas frontwoman and solo artist, had been recognised because of her ability to reinvent herself.
"She started as a classic rock chick and now she has gone unashamedly retro with a striking new image to mark her first solo album."
Fashion designer of the year was Deryk Walker, who has designed for Boudicca, Versace and produced a range of men's suits for Comme des Garons. Tastemaker of the year was Lucy Yeomans, the editor of Harper's Bazaar, who was born alongside Loch Lomond.
The event featured a special runway tribute to Johnstons of Elgin, the traditional tweed and cashmere manufacturers founded in 1797 who supply to Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Paul Smith. The company was honoured for its contribution to Scottish style.
Che Camille, the Glasgow boutique that won the retail award, was described by the judges as "unlike anything that has ever existed in Scotland."
One surprise was the award made to Monsoon as best high-street retailer of the year. The chain was honoured for initiatives to combat poverty among garment workers in Asia.
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