I have been counting down the years to minutes until I had an invite to one of the most glamorous events in the country and at long last my time has come! The Scottish Style Awards in association with Moët & Chandon are BACK and this year it’s taking the biscuit.
Living up to its reputation as the nation’s most stylish event of the year, Saturday the 9th of November will find the A list sashaying their way inside Glasgow’ breath taking Kelvingrove Art Gallery to join local legend Mike Keat – frontman of the The Cuban Brothers – as he turns excitement all the way to 11 and celebrates Scottish Style.
The great thing about the Scottish Style Awards is that it credits creativity and flair across all areas of expression, from Most Stylish Retailer, Designer, Musician as well as the cream of the Scottish Hospitality crop. Here are this years fabulous nominees and who Betty is flying the flag for, is it obvious that I’m a Glasgow girl?!
Most Stylish Restaurant Nominees: Castle Terrace, Edinburgh; Central Market, Glasgow; Ondine, Edinburgh; Scran & Scallie, Edinburgh; The Jefferson, Kilmarnock
Betty Loves: Central Market, Glasgow – Now, I’ve only been for an Eggs Benedict, but my God do these guys know how to poach an egg…they got my vote!
Most Stylish Bar Nominees: Black Bird, Edinburgh; The Finnieston, Glasgow; Lucky Liquor, Edinburgh; Scotch@The Balmoral, Edinburgh; The Hill, Glasgow,
Betty Loves: OK another Glasgow vote but this one is a belter! The Finniestoun holds a dear place in my heart. Warm, cosy, amazing fully jacketed chips and service with a smile. I’m there once a month so for me, there is only one winner!
Most Stylish Hotel Nominees: Aldourie Castle Estate, Loch Ness; citizenM, Glasgow; Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, Luss; Mhor 84 Motel, Balquhidder; Whitefalls Spa Lodges, Breasclete, Isle of Lewis
Betty Loves: A castle, that looks over Loch Ness, can you get more Stylish than that?! Aldourie Castle Estate, you are a hotel of dreams!
Most Stylish Entertainment Venue Nominees: SSE Hydro, Glasgow; Kokomo, Glasgow; Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh; The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow; The Riverside Museum, Glasgow
Betty Loves: Ooooh now this is a toughy! After going to see Fleetwood Mac in the Hydro a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but be impressed with everything that surrounded me. The head says “CHOOSE IT!” but the heart sways to my beloved little sweatbox that is The Berkley Suite. Home to the best nights in Glasgow including the ever stylish (and all important after party host) Supermax, The Berkley never fails to give you an unforgettable night!
Most Stylish Retailer Nominees: Emporio Armani, Glasgow & Edinburgh; Cruise, Glasgow; Miu Miu, Glasgow; Strathberry of Scotland, Edinburgh; Walker Slater, Edinburgh
Betty Loves: MIU MIU – of course a huge fan of the brand, I proudly sport my Blue box bag with a spring in my step! Miu Miu Glasgow have the most attentive and caring staff you can come across within a high end store. I can be quite the picky customer and their advice for care, styling and – sadly for credit card – future purchases is second to none in the city – a well deserved Nomination!
Most Stylish Male: Dauvit Alexander; Martin Compston, Michael Bonsor; Patrick Grant; Howie Nicholsby
Betty Loves: Can you get more dapper than a Savile Row tailor? This ones for you Patrick Grant!
Most Stylish Female: Sophie Kennedy Clark; Susie Wolff ; Arielle Free; Sara MacDonald; Pollyanna McIntosh
Betty Loves: You had me at PVC Burberry Trench, Sophie Kennedy Clark.
Most Stylish Band/Musician: Chvrches; Éclair Fifi; Glasvegas; The Cuban Brothers; Nina Nesbitt
Betty Loves: Like most folk, I cant get enough of Chvrches at the moment. Fresh out of Sleazies, these guys are destined for world takeover showcasing pure Scottish synthpop tunes at their very best!
Womenswear Designer of the Year Nominees: Henrietta Ludgate, Philip Colbert for The Rodnik Band; Judy Clark; Aimee McWilliams; Deetz
Betty Loves: This. Is. So. DIFFICULT!!!!! What a category!! With such strong nominees I have decided to follow my whimsy heart and give my undying love and affection to Philip Colbert for The Rodnik Band. Looking at the below photo, if you can find any other designers who encapsulate fun with pop culture as well as this, well I’d tip my hat to you my friend! I NEED one of these dresses in my life and don’t even get me started on the handbags, pop art fashion at its best.
Menswear Designer of the Year Nominees: Patrick Grant for E.Tautz; Kenneth McKenzie for 6876; Cathal McAteer for Folk; Gianni Collarossi for Duchamp; Kestin Hare for Common People
Betty Loves: It is great that Menswear have their own category this year and what a strong one it is! I have always been a big fan of Common People’s aesthetic, I feel it’s the type of brand I would like to see my man in – if I had one!
And there you have it! What’s your thoughts on the nominees? I feel all have their strengths and every category has a battle on their hands – perhaps the real fights are gonna be on the red carpet, all I know is I don’t envy those judges! Now I just need to figure out WHO’MA GONNA WEAR?!