Left: me, Right: Laura Whitmore
Having had the kind of day at uni that felt like it might never end (how on earth did I ever manage full school days, every day!) I made a high speed dash home to change into my Holly Fulton ensemble and leap in a cab across town. I know I say this a lot but there are few better feelings than wearing a truly fantastic frock and by the time I arrived at “the home of Scotland in London”, Dover House.
David Gandy & Me
With Christopher Kane
Unlike most awards ceremonies which take place within a vast dining hall to a crowd of hundreds or even thousands, this one took place in an intimate room overlooking Green Park which provided the perfect opportunity to really mingle. And when your fellow attendees include David Gandy, Christopher Kane, Holly Fulton, Mary Charteris and Stella Tennant, what could be better than a close quarters mingling situation? One hour, several glasses of champagne and a surprisingly delicious haggis canapé (just had to try it) later Laura Whitmore picked up the microphone to announce this year’s winners. I won’t list them all because it would take forever and you can read them online here but I will tell you that Chanel scooped up Best Use of Scottish Fabric and Pam Hogg got the Creative Excellence gong while Emeli Sandé was named Scottish Style Icon of the year. Christopher Kane was named top Scottish designer for the second year running and collected his prize to the tune of rapturous applause.
After a spot more mingling and a lot of congratulating it was time to move on to the second instalment of the evening, the VIP gala dinner at 8 Northumberland. Since learning that the awards and meal would be at different venues I’d wasted more time than I care to admit wondering how on earth they were going to transport us over there. All that was cloudy became clear when we filed out en masse to find two matching coaches were poised to whisk us off. There’s something about a coach that instantly takes me back to the days of school trips when the journey to whatever museum or inevitably wet and windy geography trip location was so much more fun than whatever we did when we arrived there. While I wouldn’t say the drive was more fun than the long, booze fuelled, delicious and generally jolly meal that ensued, my inner fourteen year old definitely made a comeback as I spent the journey giggled and reminiscing on this summer’s Ibiza trip with Grazia’s Jess Vince the whole way there.
Much as I’d enjoyed my first taste of haggis (kind of like cottage pie really) I was pretty relieved to hear we wouldn’t be having that for dinner and downright elated to learn that we would be having scallops followed by steak! Upon arrival at the venue we were greeted by a kilted Scotsman serenading us in on the bagpipes. Or at least, he tried to serenade us in but everyone stopped to Instagram him in all his tartan glory causing the mother of all pile ups on Northumberland Avenue. Once we’d finally all managed to locate our filter of choice and made our way inside it was time for more champagne and mingling. Yep, these things are a lot of fun but something of a marathon, if you ever find yourself at one I definitely wouldn’t advise scheduling a breakfast meeting the day afterwards! The dining room itself was kitted out in long black tables, chandeliers and candles, shamelessly OTT in the kind of way I can never resist. I found myself seated next to lovely Laura Whitmore which made for a lol-some three courses followed by a whisky tasting that seemed like a GREAT idea at the time and a truly terrible one the next morning. After that it was on to the after party, appropriately held at Whisky Mist and despite all earlier claims to be going “straight home to bed” post pudding I found myself still on the dancefloor in the wee hours.
Wining and dining time…
With my seatmate and the evening’s host, Laura Whitmore
Thank you Scottish Fashion Awards and Tessa Hartmann for a thoroughly enjoyable evening! Congrats again to the winners and I look forward to next years festivities.
Love Ella. X
Some images courtesy of Joel Ryan Invision for Scottish Fashion Awards, others courtesy of my iPhone… I suspect you can tell which are which