NEW YORK, Apr 6, 2010 / FW/ — Hosted once again by Sir Sean Connery and wife Lady Connery, the 8th annual Dressed to Kilt event, celebrating Scottish culture was held last night at the M2 Ultra Lounge in New York City.
The theme of the evening was Mad for Scotland, fêting eccentric style and individuality and also celebrating all aspects of Caledonian culture and showcased a range of fashions, from traditional Highland kilts and cutting-edge fashions from Scotland’s finest young talent to world-renowned designer looks and haute couture.
In a bittersweet gesture, the 2010 Dressed to Kilt show was dedicated in the honor and memory of the late Alexander McQueen, who himself was a native of Scotland and took great pride in his heritage.
The show featured a touching tribute to the designer who when asked what his Scottish roots meant to him in 2004, simply replied, “everything.” The evening also included a surprise performance from Canadian musical group Bowfire.
The 2010 Dressed to Kilt event featured runway appearances by Mike Myers (actor), Katherine Brown (reigning Miss Scotland), Stephanie Willemse (former Miss Scotland), Al Roker (TODAY Show Host), Shani Davis (Olympic Gold Medalist in speed skating), Dan Nevins, Dawn Halfaker and Ryan Kules (representing the Wounded Warrior Project), Mark Connolly (representing the Erskine Hospital in Scotland), Kelly Bensimon (Real Housewives of New York City), Bowfire (Canadian musical group), Thom Evans (Scottish rugby star), Sam Waterston (actor), Joan Jett (rock icon), Donald Trump, Jr. (entrepreneur), Kellie Pickler (American Idol), Eve Muirhead (Olympic silver medalist in curling), Marcus Schenkenberg (model), Kyle McLachlan (actor), Matthew Modine (Broadway star) and Alan Cumming (actor).
Among the judges for the evening were noted fashion photographer and America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker and stylist and fashion guru Robert Verdi.
Donald and Melania Trump along with Vanessa Trump supported Donald Trump, Jr. in his runway debut from Sean Connery’s private VIP area.
Proceeds from the evening’s event benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Erskine Hospital of Scotland.
This year’s show included a special tribute to these groups with Dan Nevins, Dawn Halfaker and Ryan Kules (Wounded Warrior Project) and Mark Connolly (Erskine Hospital) representing their organizations on the runway.
Photos by Lloyd Bishop