i-on magazine, March 2017
London, New York, Paris, Milan – it seems unfair that neither Edinburgh nor Glasgow feature on the list of global fashion centres. I mean sure, we might be more well known for our boozing and banter but that’s not to say we don’t know how to dress.
Take tartan. Some may think of the fabric as a bit twee but how many other countries have their own signature textile that inspires pride, patriotism and punk spirit? We asked two writers for their thoughts on our divisive national cloth on page 14.
When it comes to design, we also have plenty to be proud of. Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Holly Fulton - they all hail from our homeland and there are plenty of new names making their mark on the industry up here too. On page 34, we discover an innovative new accessories brand backing local design and bringing Scottish talent to a global audience.
One of the biggest advocates for our fashion scene, model Anna Freemantle, took time out from planning this year’s Edinburgh International fashion festival to appear in our stunning shoot on page 40. While on page 18, we meet Simone Murphy, the only Scot to make it to the final twelve of Britain’s Next Top Model. So who does a budding young model look to for sartorial inspiration? Kate Moss? Gigi Hadid? “Nah,” she insisted, “my mum!”
Of course, this is the month we should all be celebrating our dear mums. Not sure where to take yours for Mother’s Day? Turn to page 74 for afternoon teas with a mum’s seal of approval. Or, if you’d like to treat her to a trip further afield, enter our competition to win a weekend break for two to Reykjavik on page 12. Congratulations also to last month’s winner, Stephanie Anderson, who can look forward to bringing a touch of spring style to her home with a Wendy Morrison designed floral rug.
Speaking of spring, don’t forget the clocks go forward on 26 March. We might lose an hour’s sleep but longer, lighter evenings are on their way. I’ll be making the most of mine with a few glasses of rosé by the Shore. Well, someone’s got to keep up our reputation for boozing…