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Christopher Kane scoops Scottish Designer of the Year Award

Christopher Kane was crowned Designer of the Year for the third year running at the Scottish Fashion Awards last night (September 1).

Kane, lauded as one of Britain’s most talented designers since he launched his first collection in 2006, picked up the award at 8 Northumberland in London. Dame Vivienne Westwood was inducted into the Hall of Fame for her loyalty to, and passion for, Scottish textiles and fabrics.

Womenswear designer Hayley Scanlan took home the Scottish Young Designer of the Year award, while Colleen Leitch picked up the award for Scottish Graduate of the Year. William Chambers Millinery was named Scottish Accessory Designer of the Year.

In the retail categories, Harvey Nichols Edinburgh beat Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Emporio Armani to be crowned Luxury Retailer of the Year (operating in Scotland). Streetwear brand Abandon Ship Apparel won Scottish Retailer of the Year.

Cashmere label Dhu was awarded Scottish Textile Brand of the Year.

Mackintosh Rainwear was crowned Scottish Exporter of the Year and Simone Rocha was named International Designer of the Year for her Scottish inspired autumn 14 collection.

Secretary of state for Scotland Alistair Carmichael said: “These awards are respected around the world and, judged by a panel of renowned and esteemed international industry figures, they provide an invaluable platform for emerging Scottish talent, textile manufacturers and fashion’s future leaders who were represented here this evening.

“Looking at the winners and nominees we are reminded of the importance their businesses play in exporting and promoting Scottish creativity, design and culture on the world stage.”

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