It amazes us that Scottish designer Graeme Black isn't more widely known. After all, he was senior designer at Armani for years (not to mention the great Giorgio's boyfriend for much of that time), and before that Creative Director of Ferragamo. He launched his luxe, very tailored, eponymous label a few years ago. Victoria Beckham's a major fan; her own line was equal parts inspired by Black as Mouret. His fiercely loyal following also includes Arab princesses, political wives, English (celeb) royalty including Elle MacPherson and Yasmin LeBon, whose daughter walked Graeme's AW09 runway and so on. The designer's been more quietly successful stateside, his new Saks concession is ka-chinging along and he'll be part of the new ninth floor in September. In London, he's launching an entirely new retail concept - think a more luxe Colette - this fall. And why are we talking about him now? Because the Scottish Fashion Awards were kind of irrelevant until Scotland started producing the likes of Alexander McQueen, Louise Gray, Christopher Kane etc. and since Jonathan Saunders was more than expected to take home designer of the year, everyone's eye has turned toward Black after scooping the award this weekend. So for now, Black gets to be the Great Scot. --CHARLEY B.
It amazes us that Scottish designer Graeme Black isn't more widely known. After all, he was senior designer at Armani for years (not to mention the gr