By Jose Morales & Luis DeJesus
New York City – This past Saturday, July 24th, Guild Magazine attended the internationally renowned fashion gala Dressed to Kilt. As Scotland is one of Guild Magazine’s homes, we were excited to witness the return of this event after being forced into a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Since launching in 2003, Dress to Kilt has attracted various Hollywood stars and A-list celebrities from across the Atlantic. The show, produced by the Friends of Scotland charity and founded by the late Sir Sean Connery and Dr. Geoffrey Scott Carroll, was a bit more subdued this time around, which is understandable. Yet, even during these challenging times, the gala successfully achieved its mission: to highlight Scotland’s talent in fashion while raising funds for the Navy Seal Foundation. Additionally, this year, Dress to Kilt paid homage to the historical relationship between Scottish settlers and Native Americans, showcasing traditional indigenous garments and native-inspired fashion. The event also raised funds for the National Native American Veteran’s Memorial.
The show was held at the Mill Neck Manor Estate. Standing grand atop a green hill in Long Island (approximately 25 miles outside of New York City and surrounded by majestic woodlands), this historic Tudor Revival style residence offered the perfect setting for this special evening. The distinguished models, including Sir Sean’s granddaughters Natasha and Samara Connery, wowed the crowd as they walked through the grand rooms of the manor and out to the patio, where the light of the setting sun enveloped the rest of the guests in its golden embrace. Other notable attendees and models included: telenovelas superstar Harry Geithner and his wife Alejandra Silva, actress Grace Dove, and Miss Universe 2015 Ashley Callingbull.
As a tribute to Sir Sean Connery, The Sir Sean Connery tartan was debuted on the catwalk in a kilt crafted by Glenisla Kilts and a bespoke coat and dress designed by Totty Rocks of Edinburgh.
Amongst the various beautiful garments showcased during the event were those by the Scottish fashion house Walker Slater by designer Paul Walker. Walker Slater has become one of our favorite brands, recognized worldwide for its modern twist on quintessential Scottish fashion.
During the event, and continuing with tradition, Dress to Kilt honored elite heroes of the armed forces, who this year walked the runway together with nurses and doctors who have fought against the pandemic. For more about Dressed to Kilt and the auction of garments to benefit the foundations mentioned above, visit DressedtoKilt.com. – GM
Images by Guild Magazine.
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