THEY are Scotland's own style awards and showcase the best the country has to offer from the individuals and businesses setting the trends. Scotland on Sunday, the event's media sponsor, today reveals exclusively the nominations for ten of the official categories. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony, hosted by pop star Sophie Ellis Bextor, at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on 31 October.
Among the contenders for the most stylish Scotswoman are two young actresses, Karen Gillan and Louise Linton, as well as influential fashion writer Stacey Duguid and sculptor Tessa Campbell Fraser.
In the most stylish male category, actors are also to the fore, with Alan Cumming competing against 300 star Gerard Butler and up-and-coming Richard Madden. Dancer Michael Clark is also in the hunt.
The Most Stylish Boutique category will be keenly fought with lingerie companies Agent Provocateur and Boudiche among the nominees. Tough competition comes from Che Camille, Jane Davidson, Mulberry and Vivienne Westwood.
The Most Stylish Hotel category pitches several strong newcomers against each other including Paul Kitching's 21212, on Edinburgh's Royal Terrace, against Hotel Missoni, overlooking the Royal Mile.
For Outstanding Contribution to Style, it is a return to traditional values, however, and a nomination for Harris Tweed Hebrides and the island workforce that produces the world-famous material. "Harris Tweed is truly one of the last great surviving craft industries," says the citation.
Most Stylish Female
Louise Linton Actress
With a blossoming presence in Hollywood supported with a fast growing clutch of lauded acting roles – notably a guest appearance on CSI:NY, an appearance in Lions for Lambs starring Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep, various flirtations with comedy and her biggest, just-announced role to date in the global US detective smash Cold Case – Edinburgh born Louise Linton is fast mastering the art of red carpet glamour with an assured composure and natural charisma that signals a Scottish star very much on the ascent.
Penny Martin, Writer/Broadcaster
As a respected presenter on the BBC's Culture Show, Chair of Fashion Imagery at the influential London College of Fashion and former editor-in-chief of the groundbreaking fashion broadcaster SHOWStudio, Glasgow-born Penny Martin's personal classic-with-a-twist style is as distinguished as the taste-making icons she interviews and fashion stars-of-tomorrow she teaches.
Karen Gillan, Actress
As part of the youngest pairing ever to travel in Doctor Who's Tardis, Inverness-born Karen Gillan's personal boho-chic style, offset by her flame hair and luminous beauty, is as distinctive as the acting roles she has notched up, including her soon-to-be-screened and much publicised new role as Dr Who's companion. Having also enjoyed an in-demand stint modelling at London Fashion Week, the stardom beckoning this young actress is being stylishly embraced. "Funny, and clever, and gorgeous, and sexy. Or Scottish, which is the quick way of saying it."
Executive Fashion Editor, Elle
When it comes to style there's not much Stacey Duguid does not know. As the Executive Fashion Editor of British Elle, and with previous successful stints at Prada, Paul Smith and Giorgio Armani, Duguid is a regular front row fixture at each season's international fashion schedules. With a much photographed personal style – including a penchant for the hottest straight-off-the-runway designer fashion – Duguid's status as a style leader is admired as much
as the authoritative trends on which she reports so incisively.
Michelle Haswell aka Queen Michelle Co-founder, Kingdom of Style
Co-founder of the fabled blog 'Kingdom of Style', Glaswegian Michelle Haswell, aka Queen Michelle, is an urbanite extraordinaire whose musings on all things fashion fabulous have gained cult status. More than 9,000 style-hungry bloggers log on daily for a fix of fashion fantasy and style experiments – many modelled in person by Queen Michelle. Marrying edgy rock chick with a fondness for Rick Owens, Jean Pierre Braganza and Givenchy, Queen Michelle is Scotland's hottest new fashion force.
Tessa Campbell Fraser
Sophisticated, supremely talented and endearingly witty, acclaimed Edinburgh-born sculptor and artist Tessa Campbell Fraser's incredible artistic compositions – found in the private collections of clients including Sir Jackie Stewart, William Grant & Sons, Mohamed al Fayed and the Queen – are as inspiring as her personal style is distinguished. An effortless grace complemented by relaxed tailoring and statement separates add to the mystique of this in-demand society beauty.
Most Stylish Hotel
Blythswood Square, Glasgow
Hawke & Hunter, Edinburgh
Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh, below
Hotel Hebrides, Isle of Harris
Most Stylish Entertainment Venue
An Lanntair, Stornoway, Western Isles
Eden Court, Inverness
The Green Room, Edinburgh
The Supper Club, Glasgow
Most Stylish High Street Retailer
Most Stylish Restaurant
Chez Roux, Inverness
Dining Room, Glasgow
Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond
The Saint, Edinburgh
The Two Figs, Glasgow
Most Stylish Bar
Cuan Mor, Oban
Hummingbird, Glasgow, right
r Bar @ Rocpool Reserve, Inverness
The Ailsa Bar, Turnberry
Most Stylish Boutique
Agent Provocateur, Glasgow
Boudiche, Edinburgh and Glasgow
Che Camille, Glasgow
Jane Davidson, Edinburgh
Mulberry, Edinburgh and Glasgow
Vivienne Westwood, Glasgow
Most Stylish Band or Musician
Codeine Velvet Club
Outstanding Contribution to Style
Harris Tweed Hebrides
With a heritage so precious and fragile that it is governed by its own act of parliament, Harris Tweed is one of the last great surviving craft industries. Produced by weavers in their own rural homes using pure virgin wool, Harris Tweed by law can be produced only in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
This much loved material is back in vogue thanks to the formation of the Harris Tweed Hebrides company.
Most Stylish male
Gerard Butler Actor
Whether starring opposite Hollywood's most desirable leading ladies, including Angelina Jolie, Jodie Foster, Hilary Swank and Jennifer Aniston, or turning in another box office smash performance, this Paisley born actor never fails to switch on the magic when the occasion demands. His innate sense of masculine style, engaging and roguish personality and fully fledged Hollywood A List heartthrob status all add to the Gerard Butler charisma.
Richard Madden Actor
Named in the Esquire Brilliant Brits 2009 list as one of the hottest young acting talents in the business, Renfrewshire-born Richard Madden's personal style – dark, brooding and impeccably slick – is fast garnering as many plaudits as the critically acclaimed stage and screen performances he has been turning in, which already include seasons at the famed Globe and Royal Shakespeare Company.
Michael Clark Dancer
One of the most important dancers of our time, and now back in dazzling form, Michael Clark is a true original. A ballet punk, a rebel, an iconoclassicist – the personal style of this Aberdeenshire born artist is quietly understated and classic – the antithesis to the outlandish costumes, pounding soundtracks and general hedonistic references found in his acclaimed work. Stylishly unassuming were it not for his trademark safety pin through the ear.
Alan Cumming Actor
From critically applauded classic roles on Broadway to blockbusting performances in Hollywood, with a smattering of well placed cameos in between – most memorably Sex and the City and Frasier – Alan Cumming's personal style is both enduring and noteworthy. Best typified by skinny tailoring from the hottest designers du jour and his own take on key statement pieces, Cumming's love of stylish design is
evident whatever the occasion.
Simon Harper Editor, Clash Magazine
As editor of the multi award-winning, Scottish-founded music magazine Clash – now distributed in an impressive 30 countries – Simon Harper boasts a fast track to many of the world's hottest music stars. But it's his personal style that warrants acclaim on this occasion. A fusion of eclectic, slick rock bohemia, Harper is always suited and booted whatever circles he mixes in.
George Lamb Radio and television presenter
One of the most exciting and at times controversial breakthrough stars of television and radio, Dundee-born George Lamb flits easily between hosting his Sony award-winning BBC 6 music radio show to presenting various quirky, youth-orientated television shows, and even managed Lily Allen for a time. With a penchant for meticulous tailoring that errs on the side of dandy eccentric, Lamb is unapologetic when it comes to his love of fashion, declaring: "If it ain't wow chuck it
in the bin."