Lynne McCrossan: Judy R Clark to take spotlight

Susan Robinson, 45, Borders. I spotted Susan in Tiger Lily wearing a simple shift dress in a shocking shade of red. Loved her bold statement necklace to set the whole look off. She picked the dress up in House of Fraser and the necklace came from Coast.
Susan Robinson, 45, Borders. I spotted Susan in Tiger Lily wearing a simple shift dress in a shocking shade of red. Loved her bold statement necklace to set the whole look off. She picked the dress up in House of Fraser and the necklace came from Coast.
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As an eclectic crowd gathered in a tightly packed corner of Tiger Lily, the assumption this was going to be an average fashion show rapidly evaporated.

After all, you would usually find Judy R Clark knee-deep in tweed and lace inside her Beaverhall studio rather than relishing the spotlight.

But Thursday evening was about celebrating a year’s worth of hard work that has kept her name on the lips of Parisian fashionistas and in the pages of Italian fashion bibles.

She is a daughter this city should be proud of. Marrying traditional fabrics into couture pieces fit for present day consumption is no easy feat but Clark understands her woman and is unabashed about tinkering with that.

The collection was classic. Her staple bustle coats, structured and exquisite; the introduction of a leather sleeve hinting towards a modern trend in a tradition manner. The lace dresses were romantic but strong.

Judy R Clark is where heritage meets style. A tightrope that lesser designers could slip from. Too much, you run the risk of creating costumes from a bygone era. Too little can border on tacky.

Her relevance as a designer in a time when all eyes are on Scotland’s creatives is palpable. She crystalises this zeitgeist moment with the kind of excitement that was lavished upon her mentor, Alexander McQueen.

Now is her time to shine.