“The Scottish Lion Meets The Asian Dragon” Fashion Show

Credit: Kenji Mori

Article by Alice Chin, Keen Lee, Linda Nguyen
Photo credit: AsianInNY/247Features.com

From Scotland With Love hosted a Cocktail Party and Fashion Show on April 8, 2013 at Stage 48 (605 W. 48th St, NY, NY.) Their annual charity event raises money for The Wounded Warrior Project, which provides aid and support to injured service members. This year, AsianinNY was honored to be one of the committee members and sponsor of the Scottish and Asian fusion themed fashion show, “The Scottish Lion Meets The Asian Dragon.” Here is a glimpse of the fabulous evening through the eyes of our AsianinNY & 247features.com reporters!

Megan Ory. Credit: Terry Lin

Celebrity guests, designers, models, and television personalities dressed in Scottish and/or Asian accented designs posed on the red carpet for photos. Our sister site 247features.com reporter Alice Chin spoke to Meghan Ory, actress on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” who was excited to walk her first runway show modeling for Vivienne Westwood. When asked whether she was nervous, she said having her husband by her side kept her calm. She had also practiced her walk before the show and received tips from her model friends.

Kelly Hu. Credit: Peter Yang Zhao

On the other hand, the beautiful Kelly Hu, former model and actress, felt slightly nervous because it had been a while since she had walked a show. Kelly had just finished filming in Vancouver, and is currently shooting for a show called Arrow, among her many projects.

Chloe Chen. Credit: Terry Lin

Designer Chloe Chen also posed on the carpet and told us how she was inspired by the Chinese garden window for one of her pieces.

Scottish kilts. Credit: Terry Lin

As you walked around Stage 48, you could see guests wearing a mix of Scottish kilts, Asian embroidered clothing, or Scottish plaid. One guest wore a black leather kilt decorated with an Asian dragon designed by his sister-in-law, designer Meredith Lockhart, whose designs were part of the show. Guests sipped on special drinks with scotch and Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer while being served hors d’oeurves of smoked salmon salsa and stir-fry in a mini take-out boxes. Jars full of Tunnock’s Scottish chocolate caramel wafer were placed strategically at the bars for those craving sweets.

Chairman Dr. Geoffrey Scott Carroll and Vice-Chairman Mr. Peter Morris. Credit: Kenji Mori

The fashion show kicked off with hosts Chairman Dr. Geoffrey Scott Carroll and Vice-Chairman Mr. Peter Morris introducing two representatives of the theme, an adorable lion-like Chow Chow, followed by traditional dragon dancers.

lion-like Chow-Chow. Credit: Peter Yang Zhao

Gorgeous singer Baiyu Chen then captivated the audience with her soulful rendition of a Scottish melody.

Baiyu. Credit: Peter Yang Zhao

Dr. Geoffrey Scott Carroll and Mr. Peter Morris introduced special guest, Sergeant Dan Nevins (ret.) US Army, a US Army paratrooper who had lost both his legs as a result of an IED in Iraq. He is now an executive with the Wounded Warrior Project.

Sergeant Dan Nevins (ret.) US Army. Credit: Peter Yang Zhao

Over 40 designers were represented in the show and plenty of stars modeled including athlete Steve Weatherword and Good Morning America anchor Josh Elliot.

Steve Weatherword. Credit: Terry Lin

Some of the well known Asian designers who contributed their designs to the show included Zang Toi, Vivienne Tam, Chloe Chen and Grace Chen. Zang Toi walked the show wearing a velvet black kilt of his own design, while the first Asian supermodel Ling Tan twirled in a dramatic House of Toi tartan gown.

Zhang Toi. Credit Peter Yang Zhao

The most exciting part of the show for 247Features.com reporter, Linda Nguyen, was to see special guest Arun Manilal Gandhi (Gandhi’s grandson) walk the down the runway stage wearing a special peace kilt .

Arun Manilal Gandhi. Credit: Terry Lin

Also among the models included the beautiful Miss Scotland, Nicole Treacy, who looked ravishing in red.

Miss Scotland, Nicole Treacy. Credit: Terry Lin

Midway through the show, Sarina Suno, the “Violin Diva” treated both the eyes and ears with her stunning looks and her passionate and energetic violin playing.

Sarina Suno, the “Violin Diva”. Credit: Terry Lin

Models also wore pieces from Han Couture, featuring traditional, flowing Chinese pieces. The models looked elegant while walking down the runway carrying lotus flowers.

Han Couture. Credit: Fred Yan

Models let their personalities shine as they strutted down the runway with attitude and grace. Some even ripped their tees and playfully flashed their kilts. Each piece was creatively designed and fashionable, while keeping in mind the theme of the Scottish kilt, plaid pattern and Asian accent. The show closed with a special appearance by Kelly Hu.

Foxnews anchor Anna Kooiman. Credit: Vincent Wei

AsianInNY reporter Keen Lee’s favorite pieces from the show included a black velvet dress with a silver phoenix print and a purple dress with a silver dragon print by Zang Toi. While Linda really liked the amazing hoods from Chouchou.

Zang Toi Collection. Credit: Fred Yan

AsianInNY was so honored to be able to present close to 15 models to walk at this charity event and also to showcase the very first Asian themed “From Scotland With Love” Fashion Show.

Model Ling Tan in Zang Toi. Credit: Vincent Wei

AsianInNY Model Akiko Saito in Vivienne Tam Collection. Credit: Terry Lin

AsianInNY Model Sarina Thai in Chloe Chen Collection. Credit: Terry Lin

The night ended with an auction to fundraise for a very important cause. It was fantastic to see the many special guests who came out to support the show and enjoy the night with us. We had almost forgot it was a fashion show because everyone was having so much fun doing their “thang” up there! It was a night to remember!

For more about future shows, please visit: http://fromscotlandwithlove.net/

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Good Morning America anchor Josh Elliot. Credit: Terry Lin

Joel Hanna with Sierra Noble . Credit: Terry Lin

Asian Dragon. Credit: Terry Lin

Finale of From Scotland with Love Fashion Show. Credit: Terry Lin

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