Lynne McCrossan: New Year brings fresh look

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FLYING off to France and promoting Scottish design talent is the stuff of stylist dreams.

So, when I got the call to cart the creme de la creme of home-grown creative talent to the spiritual home of couture I had the suitcase packed before securing toddler care.

Luckily, the Belfast boy juggled his work commitments to ensure a Home Alone scenario was avoided so near to Christmas.

In a bid to strengthen the Auld Alliance, Fiona Hyslop, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, and Aurelie Filippetti, French minister of culture and communication, signed a statement of intent to collaborate on cultural activity in Paris last week.

In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, an intimate crowd gathered to mark the start of a rather exciting time moving into 2014.

I felt like a proud mother hen as Edinburgh’s very own Bebaroque silenced the crowd and our model floated around the room.

Then, it was the turn of another Edinburgher flying high of a wave of success at the moment, Judy R Clark. With the flashbulbs going crazy, it was utterly heartwarming to see these guys being received so well
in a formal setting.

I have more than a feeling next year will be pivotal in promoting our wonderful designers on a world stage and I can’t wait to watch it all unfold.