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Glasgow styles better As the Scottish Style Awards prepare to put their best foot forward, prepare for some spooky surprises Words: Anna Millar

Glasgow certainly knows how to do things with class, and this year’s Scottish Style Awards look set to raise the bar even higher. The starry event takes place on Hallowe’en and their stylish cauldron is likely to be spilling over with high profile appearances.

Now in its fifth year, organisers are promising the festivities will be bigger and bolder than ever before. Hosted by pop singer Sophie Ellis Bextor, the Awards will be held at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow.

Established as a celebration of the individuals and enterprises that ‘enrich society’ through their activities in fashion, music, the arts, stage, screen, retail and hospitality, there will be thirteen categories in total. This year’s nominees include Gerard Butler, Alan Cumming, Calvin Harris, Glasvegas, All Saints, Topshop and Boudiche. As in previous years, all eyes will be on the Fashion Designer of the Year runway show, which celebrates this

year’s hottest design stars. Previous recipients of the award include such talent as Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, Aimee McWilliams and Derryck Walker.

Guests will also have a chance to catch a glimpse of the stars of the future with the New Talent fashion showcase. Awards founder Mary McGowne said of this year’s line-up: ‘The 2009 nominees highlight those Scots who have pushed the proverbial envelope and represents the face of modern Scotland. With the unmissable Fashion Designer of the Year runway show and stunning live music performance, the Scottish Style Awards promises once again to be Scotland’s most stylish night of the year.’ Host Sophie Ellis Bextor added: ‘Music and fashion go hand in hand but the presenting is something new for me. It is such a huge, prestigious event so I was very flattered to be asked.’ See for tickets and information.

GLASGOW FASHION WEEK POSTPONED Glasgow Fashion Week has been postponed, with organiser’s citing the Lighthouse the venue for the event going into administration as the cause. The GFW said they would continue to support the designers, sponsors and supporters and said the GFW would return next October, following the spring/summer collections.

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A PANEL OF industry judges is on the lookout for the very best in traditional music for this year’s MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. The 2009 Awards Ceremony and Gala Concert, featuring The Treacherous Orchestra, Barbara Dickson and the Donnie Munro band, will be held at DG One in Dumfries on Sat 28 Nov as part of a big weekend celebration of Scots traditional music in Dumfries. Nominations are now open. DANCE MAESTRO Mylo is set to join this year’s Edinburgh Hogmanay line-up in a programme that already includes Brit ska-pop band Madness. The ‘Drop the Pressure’ and ‘Destroy Rock & Roll’ star will head straight from the street party to the city’s Picture House for an after-party.

LIST PPA NOMINATIONS The Listmagazine is delighted to have been nominated for several of the PPA’s Scottish Magazine Awards 2009. The List received nominations for Best Online Presence, Best Magazine Design, Brand Development, Consumer Magazine of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year. Winners will be announced on Thu 26 Nov at Our Dynamic Earth.

GALLERY DECISION MADE The List was disappointed to hear that Falkirk Council voted on 7 October to close the Park Gallery in June 2010 and relocate, following a month of intense speculation. Save the Gallery lobbyists are not ready to give up the fight and said of the decision: ‘We can still fight to save the Gallery and keep it where it belongs. The battle begins today. Councillors are elected to serve the people, to follow their will, and they should listen to those who put them there in the first place. Spread the news far and wide.’ Sign the online petition at 3/sign-the-petition-to-save-the-park- gallery-falkirk.

THE ORKNEY Venus, the earliest human figure ever found in Scotland, is to go on temporary display at Edinburgh Castle from 19 Oct–1 Nov. Kids will be given free entry to the castle for the duration of the exhibition. The object, found this summer during the Historic Scotland excavation at the Links of Noltland, on the Orkney island of Westray, will then tour other venues.