Scottish Fashion Awards unveil jewellery nominees

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Jane Gowans and Karen Morrison nominated in accessories category.

Words by Ella Stern

Hot 100 NexGem Jane Gowans and Hot 100 Trendsetter Karen Morrison have been nominated in the Scottish Accessory category for this year’s Scottish Fashion Awards.

Jane Gowans, who was also nominated in 2013, works from her office in Scotland but has a range of international stockists. Her 2015 collection, which is inspired by the beauty of gothic architecture, is hoping to build on the success of Gowan’s Chimera collection

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Speaking to Professional Jeweller last year, Gowan’s said: “At Jane Gowans we are passionate about designing, producing and hand finishing all of our products in Britain. This is key, as by producing a wholly British product, we are not only celebrating but also supporting the strong and talented jewellery industry based in this country as well as offering our customers a home grown product.

Also nominated is 2013 Hot 100 Trendsetter, Karen Morrison, whose designs were chosen to adorn the Topshop Unique SS13 fashion show. Last year Morrison was focusing on developing CAD-based design, revamping the company’s website and building her UK stockist base.

She admitted to Professional Jeweller: “I love the Art Deco period and love giving my jewellery an updated Art Deco feel. I’m also inspired by the natural environment, fashion, film, architecture and by the materials themselves.”

The annual awards will take place at 8 Northumberland, London, on September 1 2014, and will be hosted by the Secretary of State of Scotland, Alistair Carmichael MP, and TV personality Laura Whitmore.

Alistair Carmichael MP said: “It’s great to see year-on-year the commercial and creative success these Scottish designers, brands and manufacturers are having and it’s important they are acknowledged and supported.

“These awards are now recognised around the world as the benchmark of success within the global fashion community and are without a doubt the most high profile showcase of Scottish fashion, design and textile talent in the country. They are respected around the world and judged by a panel of renowned and esteemed international industry figures and they provide an invaluable platform for emerging Scottish talent, textile manufacturers, and fashion’s future leaders.”

Founder of the Scottish Fashion Awards Dr Tessa Hartmann said: “I’ve been asked on many occasions as to why we decided to host the awards in London after having it in Scotland for 7 years. For me the reason is very simple. London is the epi-centre of British fashion and we’re still a part of that wonderful, vibrant and exciting sector.

"The nominees are all well known in their native Scotland, but their ambitions are to go beyond borders, increase their global awareness and showcase their talents to a bigger marketplace.”

High profile names nominated this year across all categories include Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane and Holly Fulton. For the International Designer of the Year category, nominees Vivienne Westwood and Marc Jacob have been praised for their use of Scottish fabrics.

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