We're thrilled to announce one of our style ambassadors, Chris John Millington has been shortlisted for this years Scottish Fashion Awards. Millington has found himself up for model of the year, following his recent international work across America and we couldn't be more pleased for him.chris

The black tie awards presentation will be hosted by TV personality Laura Whitmore followed by a glamorous Scottish banquet and will welcome supermodels, industry figures and fashion players from around the world to celebrate this wonderful showcase of Scottish fashion and design talent working in Scotland and around the world.

A host of high profile names are amongst the nominee shortlist, including Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane and Holly Fulton, to textile leaders like Dhu, Brora and Queene & Belle. There are a host of young creatives shaping Scotland's fashionable future such as Deetz, Hayley Scanlan and Rachel McMillan. The Û÷International Designer of the Year' for best use of a Scottish fabric or Scottish inspired/influenced collection includes: Simone Rocha, Marc By Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, Maison Martin Margiela and Vivienne Westwood. The event has also introduced two new categories; one being success in fashion exporting, which sees Edinburgh based designer/retailer Common People, ERIBÌä, Barrie Cashmere and Mackintoshhighlighted for their successful export strategies. For the first time, the event has acknowledged Û÷Luxury Retailers' who are operating in the Scottish market place including Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry, Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton and Emporio Armani. Finally, one of the most hotly contested categories is set to be Scottish Model of the Year 2014, which includes Jean Campbell, Paul Carrigan, Christopher Millington, Mary Charteris, Terri McGlone and Helena McKelvie, all of whom have a host of global ad campaigns under their belts.

The Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael said:

"I'm delighted to co-host the 9th annual Scottish Fashion Awards this year with Dr Tessa Hartmann. It's great to see year on year the commercial and creative success these Scottish designers, brands and manufacturers are having and it's important they are acknowledged and supported.

ÛÏThese awards are now recognised around the world as the benchmark of success within the global fashion community and are without a doubt the most high profile showcase of Scottish fashion, design and textile talent in the country. They are respected around the world and judged by a panel of renowned and esteemed international industry figures and they provide an invaluable platform for emerging Scottish talent, textile manufacturers, and fashion's future leaders.Û

This international fashion event is well known for its high profile guest list, which has included supermodels, celebrities, top fashion figures, music stars, designers and dignitaries over the last 9 years.

Awards founder Dr Tessa Hartmann said: ÛÏI've been asked on many occasions as to why we decided to host the awards in London after having it in Scotland for 7 years. For me the reason is very simple. London is the epi-centre of British fashion and we're still a part of that wonderful, vibrant and exciting sector. The nominees are all well known in their native Scotland, but their ambitions are to go beyond borders, increase their global awareness and showcase their talents to a bigger marketplace. Having the event in London last year allowed us to entertain significant global media, buyers and industry figures to the impressive merits of our Scottish fashion industry and increase our awareness to a much wider audience. Last year it was dubbed the Û÷Scottish fashion invasion hits London' by Vogue.com, the atmosphere and social media buzz was electric. Bloggers, journalists and media figures converged, educating themselves on the merits of the Scots making the grade in the fashion world - that's what it's about for me ÛÒ to provide an unrivalled platform for the incredible wealth of talent emerging from Scotland. If I could take the event to New York and Paris one day I would, but one step at a time. Who knows - 2015 is our 10th anniversary!Û

The finalists will be judged by an exclusive panel made up of professionals from the world's leading fashion houses, the most renowned and respected fashion publications and leading figures in style with winners announced at the glittering awards ceremony at 8 Northumberland.

Our prestigious panel of judges for the 2014 awards includes;

  • Rankin ÛÒ Photographer
  • Jane Bruton ÛÒ Editor in Chief, Grazia
  • Colin McDowell MBE ÛÒ Journalist & Author
  • Justine Picardie ÛÒ Editor-in-Chief, Harpers Bazaar
  • Eric Musgrave ÛÒ Editorial Director, Drapers
  • Trish Halpin ÛÒ Editor-in-Chief, Marie Claire
  • Claudia Croft ÛÒ Deputy Editor / Head of Fashion The Sunday Times
  • Sara Maino ÛÒ Senior Editor / Head of New Talent Vogue Italia
  • Penny Martin ÛÒ Editor in Chief The Gentlewomen
  • Hilary Alexander
  • Brigitte Stepputtis ÛÒ Head of Couture Vivienne Westwood
  • Lauretta Roberts - Founder & Director WGSN Global Fashion Awards
  • Sarah Penny ÛÒ Editor Fashion Monitor
  • Sacha Mascolo Tarbuck, Global Creative Directory Toni & Guy
  • Professor Wendy Dagworthy ÛÒ Dean of School of Fashion Menswear/Womenswear Royal College of Art
  • Robb Young ÛÒ Fashion journalist & consultant
  • Dr. Tessa Hartmann Founder, Scottish Fashion Awards & consultant

This year, Scotland's most high profile fashion extravaganza honours Scotland's

definitive fashion elite across 15 categories:

  1. SCOTTISH YOUNG DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

á Deetz

á Mairi MacDonald

á Hayley Scanlan

á Saunt & Sinner

á Rachel McMillan

  1. SCOTTISH TEXTILE DESIGNER / BRAND OF THE YEAR

á Dhu

á ten30

á Begg & Co

á Brora

á Queene and Belle

  1. SCOTTISH RETAILER OF THE YEAR

á Abandon Ship Apparel

á Jane Davidson

á Maggie's Farm Boutique

á Fat Buddah Store

  1. SCOTTISH COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR

á Soki Mak, Freelance Creative Director & Fashion Stylist

á Lindsay MacPherson, Fashion Features Editor, Harrods Magazine

á Avril Mair, Fashion Director, Harper's Bazaar UK and Town & Country

á Sara McCorquodale, Editor, MyDaily

á Ann Russell, Freelance Writer and Fashion Stylist, Frock Trade

á Howard McLaren, Hair Stylist / Founder R+Co, (former Senior Artistic Director at Bumble & Bumble).

  1. SCOTTISH ACCESSORY DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

á Christian MacLeod (Accessory designer)

á Jane Gowans (Jeweller)

á William Chambers Millinery

á Tens (Sunglasses)

á Karen Morrison (Jeweller)

á Karen Mabon (Accessory designer)

  1. SCOTTISH FASHION GRADUATE OF THE YEAR

á Barbra Kolasinski, London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London)

á Dan W J Prasad, Royal College of Art

á Letty Bishop, Grays School of Art

á Rebecca Peattie, Nottingham Trent University

á Kirsty Frew, Edinburgh College of Art

á Colleen Leitch, Edinburgh College of Art

  1. INTERNATIONAL DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (Scottish inspired/influenced or textiles sourced from Scotland)

á Simone Rocha

á Vivienne Westwood

á Marc by Marc Jacobs

á Maison Martin Margiela

á Mulberry

  1. SCOTTISH MODEL OF THE YEAR

á Helena McKelvie, TESS Management London

á Christopher Millington, The Model Team/RED Models New York

á Terri McGlone, Storm

á Paul Carrigan, The Model Team/Storm

á Jean Campbell, Viva London

á Mary Charteris, Premier Model Management

  1. SCOTTISH EXPORTER OF THE YEAR

á Common People

á Mackintosh

á ERIBÌä

á Barrie Knitwear

  1. LUXURY RETAILER (International brands operating in Scotland)

á Tommy Hilfiger, Edinburgh

á Harvey Nichols Edinburgh

á Burberry, Edinburgh

á Emporio Armani, Glasgow

á Louis Vuitton, Edinburgh

  1. SCOTTISH DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

á Holly Fulton

á Christopher Kane

á Jonathan Saunders

A series of special awards including the Û÷Hall of Fame, Û÷Fashion Ambassador',

Û÷Fashion Icon' and Û÷Founders Award' will be revealed in September at the ceremony in London.

Our money is on Chris for model of the year and of course we have our eye on Tens eyewear. Who makes your cut?