No Vuitton for Kane

Talked to ELLE at Scottish Fashion Awards


Christopher Kane laughed off his favourable odds on taking the top job at Louis Vuitton as he collected the award for Designer of the Year - again - at the Scottish Fashion Awards last night.

'I doubt that'll happen!' he laughed, citing his recent investment by Kering - the rival luxury conglomerate to Vuitton owner LVMH - as a teensy bit of a sticking point. The day Marc Jacobs announced his resignation from the house, the official bookies odds on Kane stepping were an impressive 7/1, putting him right behind frontrunner Nicholas Ghesquière.


'I don't think people did their homework,' he told us. 'I've seen the odds. But I wouldn't be putting a bet on, let's put it that way.

'I think Marc did an amazing job; he's such a great guy. But it's good to move on. It's sad, but I think Marc Jacobs the brand will be so much bigger and better with him fully behind it.'

Paris chat aside, it was all about Scotland last night, as the country's top creative talent descended in a whirl of pipers and tartan upon an intimate awards ceremony at Dover House in Whitehall, then on to dinner at 8 Northumberland Place before nightcaps at - where else? - Whisky Mist.


David Gandy, Laura Carmichael, Model of the Year Mary Charteris and Stella Tennant, who collected the International Designer of the Year Award on behalf of Chanel, were among the famous faces who joined the celebrations - which were expertly hosted by Laura Whitmore and, much to ELLE's delight, included an Irn Bru sorbet on the dessert plate.

See the full list of winners below.


Scottish Young Designer of the Year - Jennifer Morris

Scottish Textile Designer of the Year Alice Palmer

Scottish Retailer of the Year - Schuh

Scottish Communicator of the Year - Penny Martin

Scottish Accessory Designer of the Year - Finlay & Co

Scottish Graduate of the Year - Lauren Smith

International Designer of the Year (For Best Use of Scottish Fabric) - Chanel

Scottish Model of the Year - Mary Charteris

Creative Excellence Award - Pam Hogg

Scottish Innovator of the Year - Louise Gray

Scottish Designer of the Year - Christopher Kane

Scottish Ambassador of the Year - Harris Tweed Hebrides

Hall of Fame - Dr Brian Duffy

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