Vintage year for Scots chic

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FASHIONS fade, style is eternal, as Yves St Laurent was wont to say. Veteran singer Shirley Manson, 1990s cover girl Honor Fraser and fashion designer Pam Hogg, who first made her name in the 1980s, are among the front-runners to be named this year's most stylish Scotswoman.

Manson, Fraser and Hogg join seasoned photographic agent Tiggy Maconochie on the shortlist of five, which also contains the positively youthful 32-year-old Trainspotting actress Kelly Macdonald.

Last year, the award was won by 20-year-old Katie Leung, the actress who stars as Harry Potter's love interest.

But this year youth has been relegated to the also-rans. The veterans theme is also reflected in the male shortlist, topped by New York-based musician and artist David Byrne, who was born in Dumbarton.

The 56-year-old "creative dynamo" behind famed new-wave band Talking Heads and a renowned artist is up against Skids singer Richard Jobson and Travis bassist Dougie Payne for most stylish male.

But a strong challenge will come from Glenrothes-born actor Dougray Scott, who starred in US TV hit Desperate Housewives, and Johnny Dumfries, the former aristocratic racing driver, who is now known as a champion of contemporary art.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Glasgow on October 24, but Scotland on Sunday has been given an exclusive preview of the nominations selected by an international panel of style gurus. Other categories include most stylish musician or band, restaurant, bar, hotel, entertainment venue and retail outlet. The Scottish Tastemaker of the Year will be revealed at a later date.

In the stylish Scotsman or Scotswoman categories, the judges were looking for men and women "whose truly inspirational personal style is an important factor in their celebrity".

Style Awards organiser Mary McGowne said the lists reflected St Laurent's words. "I think what this year's list demonstrates is that true style and quality mature over time. The work that someone like Shirley Manson is doing now is incredible. She has never compromised and is a real style icon for young women."

Manson, 42, from Edinburgh, became famous as lead singer of US band Garbage, which has sold more than 14 million records. With the band in a recording hiatus, she has launched a solo career and stars in Fox TV's ratings-grabbing Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, in which she plays a tough chief executive officer.

The Style Awards judges' citation says Manson has gone from "global rock icon to lauded screen star. Manson's inimitable edgy and directional style remains more than at any other point in a dazzling 25-year career authentic, uncompromising and utterly potent."

They also say that 35-year-old Honor Fraser, from the aristocratic Highland Fraser family, has successfully made the transition from international model to art dealer.

"As a successful international model and Roxy Music album cover-girl in earlier incarnations through the nineties, to her recent role as proprietor of an eponymous Los Angeles art gallery, Honor Fraser's personal style remains the height of understated elegance and class," her citation reads.

Pam Hogg is the Paisley-born graduate of the Glasgow School of Art and the textiles designer who developed a punk-style of clothing in the 1980s with a distinctive Scottish twist. Current clients include Kylie Minogue and Naomi Campbell.

The judges say: "This charismatic and creative designer/film-maker/DJ and singer is admired as much for her high-octane personal style, anchored between street fashion, the stage and heritage chic, as her striking and colourful creations."

Borders-born Tiggy Maconochie is known as the formidably stylish agent of lauded photographer Helmut Newton.

"Maconochie's personal style is as distinguished as the tastemaking icons she represents," the judges say.