Dressed to Kilt’s return to New York was a hit with a celebrity fashion show featuring kilts and kitsch and cool Native American designers as a fun twist to celebrate diversity. The fashion show featured designers from Scotland and some Native American tribes along with the runway debut of a LGBTQ tartan worn by Scottish TV personality Phil MacHugh. The show featured fun spectacles and delights to keep the crowd entertained ranging from Native American dance numbers to famed rugby player brothers strutting shirtless down the runway, and even live Falcons making a catwalk appearance. The fashion show was followed by a cocktail party and buffet along and beats spun by DJ Johnny that had guests dancing the night away.
This year’s notable lineup included: Master Chief Edward Byers (active Navy Seal), Tom and Max Evans (Famous Scottish Rugby Players), Phil MacHugh (Scottish media personality and columnist), Adam Beach (“Law and Order SVU”, “Hawaii Five-O” and “Juanita” on Netflix), Francesca Curran (“Orange is the New Black”), Jessica Matten (star of “Frontier’ on Netflix), Buddy Valastro (“Cake Boss”), Janelle Evans (“Teen Mom”), Kelli Barrett (“Fosse/Verdon” on FX), Marvin Cortes (“America’s Next Top Model”) and Genevieve Gorder (Former star of “Trading Spaces” and new Bravo series “Stay Here”).
Guests were greeted at the entrance of the Church of the Holy Apostles to a traditional Scottish bagpiper and treated to delectable nibbles before the show started. The crowd was treated to incredible designs from Native American designers Shyanne Brant, Stacey Mitchell, Sparkling Spur, Red Berry Women and Wabigonikwe Tenasco reminding guests of the incredible rich history and talent of Native Americans that is often ignored by the fashion community. Designers from across the pond such as Lucan Fashion, Edinburgh based label Totty Rocks, Calzeat and Walker Slater reminded the crowd what true craftsmanship and heritage looks like. A nod was made to the outdoor lifestyle arena with designs from Horse Country Saddlery. In addition to these special designs, kilts and the Navy SEAL Foundation Tartan highland dress. A very special LGBTQ Tartan quilt made its debut on American runways last night really ringing in the message of inclusivity for the evening.
The guest list included a bevvy of celebs, influencers, media and incredible military notables such as: Pat and Michael Parry, Goldstar parents of fallen Navy Seal Brian Bill; Robin King, CEO of the Navy Seal Foundation; 911 Survivor Andrew Cullan and Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient Master Chief Edward Buyers and his family.
The soiree was held in Houston last year, taking a break from a long run in New York City, but returned to its roots in New York City on Tartan Day, April 5, 2019. Dressed to Kilt has developed a cult like following for those seeking some good Scottish fun and many celebrities with Scottish roots have dawned the catwalk.