Paloma Faith is looking very good in tartan for the new video for her single Can’t Rely on You. Dressed top to toe in the fabulous red Stewart Royal tartan she wears a full suit, shirt, jacket and trousers as she performs from her own kitchen. The backing group are also sporting matching tartan and we love that little sleeveless top. Very like our Round Neck Tailored Tartan Top in fact! So if you fancy re-creating Paloma’s style then you know where to come. Stewart Royal is her favourite but you can have yours in any tartan you like. Contact us if you are overwhelmed with choice!
We are delighted to introduce the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games tartan and a great range of products now available from stock. If you are looking for a memento of the Games or a full team kit then we are here to help.
This 21st century tartan which will be a defining part of the fabric of the Commonwealth Games this summer. The tartan was designed by Aamir Mehmood from Shawlands Academy as part of a countrywide competition to design a tartan for the Games. The school was chosen as the launch venue as a tribute to the tartan’s teenage designer Aamir, a 15-year-old Shawlands Academy pupil, beat thousands of young people from across Scotland with his winning design which was created using Glasgow 2014’s brand colours. Aamir said he incorporated blue, yellow, white and red to represent Scotland’s national colours. In addition he used a green landscape to demonstrate the fact that 75% of Shawlands Academy is bilingual and around 50 different languages are spoken in his school.
Along with standard products such at tartan ties, scarves and caps in the Commonwealth Games tartan we can of course custom make anything for you. You can even buy the fabric and make yourself some curtains or cover your sofa with it! If you need any help or want something made that is not listed on the website just get in touch as we do love a challenge.
We are delighted to be featured in the Women’s Health Mad about Plaid article this month. The March issue has the very Scottish backdrop of castles and a fine white horse but as Amelia Jean Jones so rightly points out “Tartan isn’t just for public schoolboys and Johny Rotten, you know. It’s also this season’s sharpest trend.” Our tartan trench coat is pictured in the Patriot Modern tartan and that looks like the bold colours of the Bruce of Kinnaird tartan used by Vivienne Westwood for the other jacket.
The feature gives some great advice on how to wear your tartan depending on your shape. Construction and fabric expert Marjorie Baker says prints can be more forgiving on shaplier bodies and pear shapes and “The key with plaid is to look for the dominant horizontal line.” Even with a busy print like the Westwood jacket pictured above the cream line from top to bottomw keeps the shape streamlined. She advises “Go for a linie at least an inch thick – anything finer won’t stand out.” Fab article and good advice for all those dreaming of a tartan outfit. Call us if you need any help.
The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was looking as glorious as ever as she attended the Royal Family’s annual church service at Sandringham on Christmas day. She started out in a simple, tailored cream coat with a dark red tartan check wrap, swapping this for a very elegant Black Watch tartan coat dress designed by Alexander McQueen. A green Gina Foster hat topped off the outfit as Kate and Prince William looked very much the happy young parents waving and stopping to chat to well wishers.
We already have a stylish Tartan Trench Coat which you can have made in the Black Watch tartan to match Kate’s style but watch this space as we are bringing out some new designs for Autumn Winter 2014/15.
A misty, sultry atmosphere is the backdrop for the December issue of Fabulous magazine featuring our Scotland Forever tartan mini kilt. Their Highland Fling feature shows off yet another way of wearing your tartan, layered and grungy photographed on a stunning wild landscape typical for Scotland.
The tartan mini kilt is a fashion must have this winter and we have so many tartans to choose from. Scotland Forever with it’s blues and purples is typically Scottish heathery hues and one of our biggest selling tartans. We have over 500 tartans so if you have a family connection then we are sure to have your clan colours. For those you don’t have Scottish Heritage tartans like the Scotland Forever, Stewart Royal, Black Watch, Scottish National and Patriot tartans can be worn by anyone. Or use our tartan finder to explore different colour combinations and find your perfect tartan.
Cher, Dionne and Tai from Clueless can teach us a thing or two about how to wear tartan. The girls may hail from Beverley High but their love of tartan is unshakeable so we are sure there must be some Scottish blood in there somewhere. The most important thing the Clueless cast demonstrate is that you can wear your tartan day and night, go totally overboard and dress head to toe in tartan without looking ridiculous, co-ordinate your tartan with your friend (“matchy matchy” as Alicia Silverstone and Brittany Murphy call it). Be fearless is the message. Be bold and wear your tartan with no uncertainty and you can carry off any style. Go on you know you want to!
Dave Myers may not be the greatest dancer on this series of Strictly Come Dancing but he did look fabulous in his tartan kilt and tweed waistcoat last night. Dave Myers and Karen Hauer wore the Stewart Royal tartan and danced the tango to the Proclaimer’s famous “I would walk 500 miles”. Dave was heavily criticised for his performance but maintained his usual upbeat humour and said he had tried his best and enjoyed his Dressed to Kilt theme. We can’t claim the glory for having made the kilt but we can of course make you one just like it!
Our latest piece of coverage in Cosmopolitan Magazine is truly magnificent. A fantastic depiction of tartan in a traditional setting dressed up in a very non-traditional way. This kind of article just shows that key tailored pieces mixed in with unexpected colours and accessories can make a fabulous outfit. Go on we dare you to try it!
The mania for tartan and the mini kilt continues with some fabulous coverage from Grazia Magazine in their October 8th issue. The New York City (green, top right), Stewart Royal (red, middle) and Erskine Black and White Modern (bottom right) tartans enjoy a whole page to themselves and we have seen them flying off the shelves ever since.
The great thing about our Mini Kilt is that along with a few tartans in stock we have the custom make option so you can choose if you want yours super mini to show off your fabulous legs, or a demure above the knee number. Personally I like to keep my rather too chunky thighs hidden! Your footwear can totally change the look too. A pair of simple black brogues for a workwear or preppy look, spikey heels for going dancing and sexy legs, biker boots if you want to go punk. The choice of tartan is endless. If you have a Scottish connection we can help you find your family tartan or if you just fancy a bit of tartan let us guide you through the maze of colours to find your favourite.
Rimmel hosted their 180 Years Of Cool anniversary party in London on Thursday and Rita Ora stood out in her on trend red tartan trouser suit. Stewart Royal tartan in case you wondered. Rita’s friend Cara Delevingne has always been a fan of tartan and Rita was first seen in a pair of Cara’s tartan trousers with the distinctive black satin stripe running up either side but now she has the full ensemble. And doesn’t she look good in it! Complete the look with embroidery in gold thread to match your ear-rings and the cutest Stewart Royal bow tie.