Houston, Texas, USA-- Dressed to Kilt headed to Texas this year debuting in Houston to an enthusiastic crowd. Considered the largest and most prestigious Scottish Fashion Event in the world, Dressed to Kilt once again lured decorated military men, celebrities and world-class athletes from both sides of the Atlantic on Tartan Day celebrating the “Country Cool” look from both the United States and Scotland. The event honored Houston’s Man of the Year, Mr. Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale during a celebrity filled runway show celebrating country cool looks "From the Scottish Highlands to Houston,” that was followed by an evening of dancing and Texan and Scottish food and drink. Models and attendees ranged from Olympic gold medal winners to real life military heroes.
Left to Right: Houston Socialite, Staci Henderson walks the Dressed To Kilt Runway wearing
two piece Totty Rocks Tweed; Viscount William Garnock; Houston’s “Mr. Kilty”
- Bob Cavnar with Geoffrey Day; Houston Socialites with Olympic Gold Medal Winner
and legendary track star, Carl Lewis. Image credit: Rick Kern, Getty Photography.
The City of Houston boasts the most expatriate Scots than any other US city making it the perfect backdrop for the event. Notable attendees included Robin King (President of the Navy SEAL Foundation ), Trae Tha Truth [rapper], Marcus Lutrell [war hero and founder of The Lone Survivor Foundation], Viscount William Garnock [Scottish Royalty and ‘most eligible bachelor’], Eve Muirhead [Olympic Champion, curling], Carl Lewis [Olympic Champion, track and field], Lea Gabrielle [Fox News Correspondent], Karen Bell [British Consul General], Rita Benson LeBlanc (co-owner of the New Orleans Saints ) , Mike Thornton (first Navy SEAL recipient of the US Medal of Honor ) , Kirk Shireman (Head of the NASA International Space Station Program) . Held on Tartan Day, Dressed to Kilt was again the highest profile Tartan Day event in the United States in terms of press & media generation.
Randy Canche. Houston Attorney and Philanthropist walks the DTK Runway sporting
the Union Jack Kilt. Photo by Jay Marroquin.
The event was held at the brand new Million Air facility at Hobby Airport, Houston, and the largest private jet hangar in the US complete with a private jet parked inside for the festivities. Guests decked in their finest Texan and Scottish garb were greeted to a high energy full fashion show modeled by a mix of celebrities, professional models and military heroes in everything from camo to kilts. The fashion show showcased the latest country lifestyle designs from the Big Easy Ranch, Calzeat, Edinburgh Castle, KEVIN’S Fine Outdoor Gear & Apparel, Harris Tweed Hebrides, GlenIsla Kilts, House of Bruar, House of Cheviot, House of Lucan, Joseph’s Antique Guns, Kiltane, Knockando Woolmill Scotland, McKenna Quinn, Montana Dreamwear, Prophetik, Sitka Gear, Slanj, Totty Rocks, Under Armour and Walker Slater. For the first time outside of Scotland the new Edinburgh Castle Tweed debuted on the runway.
The highlight of the show included a surprise presentation to McIngvale where Dressed to Kilt founder Dr. Geoffrey Scott Carroll and co-host Peter Morris presented Mack with a specially curated, custom tartan for the McIngvale family which is officially registered in Scotland as the McIngvale family tartan and can be passed on for generations to come. Mattress Mack made sure to note that the tartan pattern must include his favorite colors: red, white, and blue - in honor of his deep patriotism to his country.
Mattress Mack Walks Runway wearing Lone Star Tartan representing the State of Texas.
Image credit: Jay Marroquin Photography
After the show guests were treated to tastings from Macallan Whisky and delectable bites from the Taste of Texas and Batanga Tapas and Drinks. The Title Sponsor of the show is Gallery Furniture of Houston. Other major sponsors include the British American Business Committee of Houston, The Macallan, Million Air Houston, Houstonia Magazine and the Taste of Texas Restaurant. The evening’s proceeds were in excess of $200,000 and will benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation and the Lone Survivor Foundation.
From its genesis in 2003, DTK is now the largest and most prestigious Scottish fashion event in the world, and one of the highest profile fashion shows in the United States. We believe that fashion without the enrichment of diverse cultures become hollow. The show is produced by the Friends of Scotland charity which was co-founded by Sir Sean Connery in 2002. In addition to supermodels, this show highlights very accomplished men and women on the runway and it is also filled with A-List celebrities and athletes from both sides of the Atlantic. In recent shows Sir Sean Connery, Gerard Butler, Kiefer Sutherland, Kyle MacLachlan, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., Chris “Mr. Big” Noth, Mike Myers and Craig Ferguson have all walked the runway. The charity has raised significant sums for the families of wounded veterans. For more information, please visit www.dressedtokilt.com.
THE SCOTTISH SUN – “Former Miss Scotland and STV star (Jennifer Reoch) jets off to New York for the most fabulous event of the year, celebrating Scottish talent in America, a fashion show called Dressed to Kilt.”
NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY – “The Real Housewives of New York walked the runway this past Friday night at the always exciting and celebrity filled Dressed to Kilt fashion show at the castle-like High Line Hotel. The evening benefitted the Navy SEAL Foundation which is committed to supporting US Navy SEALS and their families.”
NEW YORK GOSSIP GAL – “Dressed to Kilt sizzled with Scottish Fashion, Culture, Real Housewives and a Nod to Military Heroes from the USA and Across the Pond.”
FWO – Fashion Week Online – “NYFW Goes Global . We have been saying for some time that there’s no better time to be in fashion. And this season couldn’t have made us any prouder to be part of the world where everyone is welcome and the only thing that matters is the size of your heart. A great contribution this year was the Scottish Multi-Line Charity Runway Show, Dressed to Kilt, which kicked off NYFW at the High Line Hotel.”
ASIAN IN NY – “There was plenty of dancing and fiddling before this year’s Dressed to Kilt show and it was an incredibly lively and colorful show with some of the models almost seeming to dance down the runway . There were many Asian models in this show and they looked awesome in the traditional and trendy Scottish designs and very comfortable walking to the Scottish music.”
THE QUINTESSENTIAL GENTLEMAN – “Last Friday night Dressed to Kilt came back with a bang to kick off New York Fashion Week 2017. It is easy to see why Dressed to Kilt is the largest and most prestigious Scottish fashion event in the world. The guests were transported to a Scottish castle for the evening and they were all decked out in their finest kilts, ball gowns and black tie garb as the evening began with Scottish highland dancing followed by a full fashion show featuring Scotland’s finest designers. Following the fashion show the guests were treated to whisky tastings by USQUEBACH Scotch Whisky. A Title Sponsor of the event. It was an elegant evening and gorgeous old-world setting with stags and bagpiper.”
DAILY MAIL.com – “The Dressed to Kilt fashion show was the place to be last night as almost all of the cast of the Real Housewives of New York and their celebrity friends attended and participated in the Scottish Ball and Fashion Show.”
THE NEW YORK POST/PAGE SIX – Dressed to Kilt is keeping headline star under wraps. The biggest star at Friday’s Dressed to Kilt event will be a US Medal of Honor recipient whose name is being kept secret until show time for security reasons. “These guys are very careful. They have all been threatened,” Dr. Geoffrey Scott Carroll, organizer of the black-tie ball and Scottish fashion show, told me. This year for the first time the event benefits the Navy SEAL Foundation, which aids SEALS and their families, and the evening will be “less Kim Kardashian and more war heroes” Carroll said. For the first time ever a US Medal of Honor recipient will be brought together at the show with a British Victoria Cross recipient.
AFAR Magazine – “New York January 26-February 1. The best of what to do in and around New York this week. Dressed to Kilt and Chinese New Year celebrations dominate New York this week. Kicking off New York Fashion Week, Dressed to Kilt is part fashion show, part ball with dancing and a runway show. Models this year include A-list celebrities and military heroes.”
THE SCOTTISH SUN – “Heroes of the US Navy SEALS were granted an official Scottish tartan that was introduced for the first time anywhere at the New York City Dressed to Kilt fashion show. The colours of the new tartan depict the valour, courage and sacrifice of the Navy SEALS and is a tribute to the charity that supports them and their families in times of need.”
KONTROL MAGAZINE – “New York Fashion Week goes global and runs a melting pot of international designers and influence. We pulled out some of our favorites to show from NYFW runways. Scottish fashion was represented by the Dressed to Kilt Multi-Line Charity Runway Show which brought us hot guys and celebrities in traditional (and new age) kilts and highland attire straight from Scotland.”
NEW YORK Amsterdam News – “Talk about a sizzling Scottish fashion show and fundraiser! Last weekend’s Dressed to Kilt fashion affair kicked off New York Fashion Week with a smashing designer showcase. It is one of the most popular Scottish fashion events in the world. This event has raised significant funds for wounded veterans on both sides of the Atlantic returning from Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade. Former Navy SEAL Andy Stumpf walked the finale with Navy SEAL Foundation CEO Robin King, both in designs of the brand new US Navy SEAL tartan that was created for the show.”
NEW YORK EXAMINER – “Dressed to Kilt is one of New York’s hottest fashion shows”
WALL STREET JOURNAL – “For One Night the Scots Own the Runway”
NEW YORK POST - “Dressed to Kilt is the global shop window for the work of Scotland’s designers. It is now a welcome fixture on the New York fashion calendar”
LOS ANGELES TIMES – “A far cry from its humble beginnings, Dressed to Kilt has developed from a simple kilt show into the highest profile and most prestigious Scottish fashion show in the world. It is a show like no other. It features not only traditional kilts, but increasingly haute couture fit for royalty. It now showcases the latest cutting edge fashion from Scotland’s finest young talent as well as some of the world’s top designers who have embraced and incorporate “Scottishness” into their trademark styles.”
THE DAYDREAMER – “Scotland took over New York City last night with the annual catwalk show, Dressed to Kilt, and this time the newbies stole the show. Dressed to Kilt is now the most high profile Scottish fashion event in the world and it’s one of the top three fashion shows in the world, coming right behind the Victoria’s Secret show. With support from industry body Textiles Scotland, the Dressed to Kilt end product was an exciting culmination of hard work and creative inspiration, proving once again that Scotland has a wealth of design talent that continues to knock the international fashion pack off their Louboutin-clad feet.”
THE SCOTSMAN - “Stereotypes are out of fashion at Dressed to Kilt. Who says that the Scots don’t do irony? The annual Dressed to Kilt fashion show in New York City – easily the crown jewel of the Big Apple’s Tartan Week – the thing this year was not to wear a kilt. The models at this year’s show were seen in a wide range of edgy designs from some of Scotland’s most talented young designers.”
TRANSTERRA MEDIA – “Dressed to Kilt is arguably one of the most successful global philanthropy efforts. The Dressed to Kilt organization has been the most effective international force at merging celebration of a national identity with a profoundly delivered message and a philanthropic undercurrent. The event, now an annual success for countless years, draws on a formidable record of media imprints in the millions that would rival the advertising budget milestones of many an international television network.”
JEZEBEL – CELEBRITY, SEX, FASHION FOR WOMEN – “Anything called Dressed to Kilt and hosted by Sir Sean Connery with models like Ed Westwick, Ivanka Trump, Andie Macdowell, Mike Myers and the GEICO Caveman is going to be absolutely awesome. And it was. The celebrity models and the Scottish designs were fantastic.”
VANITY FAIR - “There is but one night a year in New York City to revel in Scottish fashion and it is called Dressed to Kilt. And oh what a night it is! More freewheeling and entertaining than any Bryant Park Fashion Week presentation. The evening allowed the stars, who studded the runway and the audience, to showcase their personas as much as their couture.”
TELEGRAPH.CO.UK - “Dressed to Kilt is now regarded as the largest and most impressive Scottish fashion event in the world.”
FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NYC (FIT) – “WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What great fun and such a colorful and lively event that it took the meaning of fashion show to a totally new level! What an absolutely AMAZZZZZZZING evening. Well done.”
TIME OUT, NEW YORK - “The Scots owned New York City last night and the place to be was the Scots-centric fashion show, Dressed to Kilt. If you missed the show last night make sure that you put the date of next year’s show in your diary now.”
FASHIONISTA – “Dressed to Kilt is just cool, and it is New York cool. How else can you describe a show that gives you fabulous new designs from the UK, a raft of A-list celebrities on the catwalk, country music legends, great live musical performances, the best looking group of men ever assembled on a major runway and a post party highlighted by Kiefer Sutherland playing his version of Knocking on Heaven’s Door. As I said, just really cool.”
HERALDSCOTLAND – “New York is painted tartan as the stars turn out for the annual Dressed to Kilt event. Dressed to Kilt is renowned for showcasing the best of Scottish fashion talent. This year the event launched its first-ever fashion showroom, where buyers and sellers were invited to see Scottish fashion designer’s work.”
VOGUE.COM - “Scotland has a wealth of amazingly talented designers and artists and it is important to show that there is more to Scotland than its traditional associations. The Dressed to Kilt fashion show in New York City has helped open many of these doors.”