By Anna Spiewak, Featured Writer
If you can’t travel Scotland, look no further. Plaid and kilts were back in full swing early this month as fashion and Scottish celebrities attended the tenth anniversary show From Scotland With Love, a Scottish evening of fashion, benefit, and fun with DJ Johnny Stuart. The show, produced by the team of Dressed to Kilt nine times earlier, was held on April 2 at Liberty Theater in the heart of Times Square.
The annual charity aims at raising funds to benefit noble causes and promote more contemporary and changing image of Scotland to the United States. The event, which tends to draw an eclectic crowd of fashion and Scottish celebrities, included a red carpet arrival, followed by a cocktail hour and then a fashion show, which included 49 plaid-like runway looks inspired by Scottish designers as well as Vivienne Westwood’s archival couture. Original fashions by American designers inspired by the classic plaids and textiles of Scotland were also a highlight. Silent auction items including the world’s most expensive kilt that was made by Holland & Sherry for Sir Sean Connery and donated by Connery were modeled on the runway and are available for purchase on FromScotlandWithLove.net.
The fashion runway judges included America’s Next Top Model’s photographer judge Nigel Barker and TV host Wendy Williams. Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd, Reed Richards of Fantastic Four, on the other hand, strutted his Scottish best as a model on the runway, which was followed by loud shouts and applause.
This year, all proceeds benefited both the US-based non-profit, the Wounded Warrior Project, and Cash for Kids, a registered non-profit in Scotland. Founded by veterans of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Wounded Warrior Project helps injured service members aid and assist each other, providing unique direct programs and services. Information is available at www.WoundedWarriorProject.org. Cash For Kids provides aid to over a quarter of the children who live in poverty across Glasgow and the west of Scotland. More information is available at www.CashforKids.uk.com.
Tickets were available for sale to the public ranging in price from $99 to $8,000. Cynthia Cherish Malaran, a health coach, designer and producer, CherishTV.com, has attended the Scottish event three years in a row. She donates to several causes every year and From Scotland With Love was on her list for 2012.
“I paid $220 for my ticket and every nickel of it was worth the cause for the Wounded Warriors,” she said. “I love the fashion, the performances, the energy and DJ, such a great animated and lively event.”Tags: America’s Next Top Model, blog fashion, celebrities, celebrity blog, charity, DJ Johnny Stuart, Dressed to Kilt, fashion, fashion blog, love, Scotish, Scotland, Scotland with Love, Sean Connery, travel Scotland