Donald and Melania Trump
It's tough to ID the high point of last night's Dressed To Kilt, such was the sensory overload of a runway show “where Scottish couture meets country cool” at the Hammerstein Ballroom. But suffice it to say the collective full moon from Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth, Jason Patric, and Kiefer Sutherland got a festive cheer—and all in the name of promoting tweeds, tartans and charity.
Organizers, The Friends of Scotland, received a boozy helping hand from The Glenlivet. Brand Ambassador Ricky Crawford, himself sporting a custom tartan kilt, got the crowd good and tight on single malt Scotch at breakneck speed. By 8:30 guests had broken into the shortbread cookies, and by 9:00 the show was in full swing with appearances by an eclectic group of models including Katrina Bowden from 30 Rock, Giants running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Danny Ware, country legend Kix Brooks, LX TV anchor Sara Gore, and Miss Scotland herself, Nicola Mimnagh. Donald Trump kept an unusually low profile in a box overlooking the catwalk.
We know, we know, you're probably wondering what this cultural mash-up bodes for the future of fashion. We got our answer from pro-wrestler Snatch Haggis, a.k.a. Virginia-based kilt designer Brad Hutchins. “It's a growing trend,” he said. “I've got a huge following in DC – DOD folks, military guys, gothic kids, a huge gay following, school teachers. It has to do with just being comfortable with what you're wearing and who you are.” You hear that, New Yorkers? Now hand over your pants.
Words by Jeremy Berger; photos by Kelly Neal