Sunday, 23 December 2012

Skins shoot

Here's my 'skins' shoot from Scotland on Sunday's Spectrum Magazine last week.

It was all about fur, leather and animal print shot at Summerhall in Edinburgh. The former vet hospital still houses kennels, dissection rooms and beautiful wooden lecture theatres but now it is home to artist studios and exhibition space.

It was the obvious choice of venue when I was coming up with the treatment for the shoot. The creepy class rooms where students learned how to become vets seemed rather fitting....

I particularly loved this shoot because I got to show off some amazing Scottish talent such as Hayley Scanlan and Isolated Heros (Hayley's is the yellow snake skin two piece and IH are the two colourful faux fur coats) along side design icons such as DVF and Issey Miyake.

-images by Phil Wilkinson
-hair and make-up by Alexis Miller
-model Natasha at Colours

Monday, 10 December 2012

Lynne McCrossan: Best to go with what suits when in a man’s world - Fashion -

Lynne McCrossan: Best to go with what suits when in a man’s world - Fashion -
Lynne McCrossan: Best to go with what suits when in a man’s world - Fashion -

ELBOW patches have evolved past geeky science teachers preaching the work of Albert Einstein to become a bit of a fashion statement in their own right.

But what happens when you want to push the envelope a 
little further and remove them all together, leaving gaping holes so that the pattern of your shirt shines straight through?

You’d have thought the fashion mafia would have lapped it up, but apparently it was Jeremy Hackett’s biggest fashion faux pas.

The man best known for bringing impeccable style back to the British high street is happy to admit when he gets it wrong, but maybe that’s because its only happened once in a career 
spanning three decades.

He sits surveying his new George Street store looking calm and collected in a classically cut suit. To me it appears rather on-trend, but he assures me that the grey pinstriped number is nothing new, and when it comes to men’s fashion, it is all about subtle changes.

Tiny tweaks here and there will be widely accepted, but do something ever so slightly off centre and prepare for it to sit on the shelve. I always suspected men were creatures of habit. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining when they look that good. There is no need to tinker with what’s clearly already working.


At the beginning of November, I spotted a fabulous rose gold ring reminiscent of a double spiked bullet across the knuckles of a girl at a fashion show. She turned out to be an up-and-coming jewellery designer called Jane Gowans. I enquired about the trinket and she told me it was part of her new spring summer Captain collection. This very collection is only being stocked in Harvey Nichols Edinburgh four weeks after I lusted after it. Remember her name, I’ve a feeling she’s going to be a big hit.

*** Here's a snap from the end of the evening after copious amounts of wine. Jeremy Hackett, Ruth Walker (lifestyle editor of Scotland on Sunday) & myself channeling Liza Minnelli circa Cabaret. ***

Fashion: Christmas sparkle - Fashion -

Fashion: Christmas sparkle - Fashion -

The season of excess is upon us so it is time for more advice on how to indulge in a little dress decadence.

Last month we highlighted some of the main looks of this party season but now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of your outfit.

As invitations come flooding in for parties, lunches and festive get-togethers, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to dress code.

Number one, you are never fully dressed without some short of shimmer. There are a ton of ways to take this, from full on sparkle to much more subtle accessories. Bead work on frocks is always massive come Christmas so it’s easy to get a hold of on the high street. Try a tame little black dress decked out in a spot of sequin to sass up the look. Remember, if your dress is embellished, try and keep accessories to a minimum with hair and make-up following a much more simple style.

If opting for a sequin dress is a bit too daring, there are other options out there. Piling a heap of accessories together to create a statement neckline is a sure-fire way of preventing bumping into someone wearing the same outfit as you. Pay no 
attention to the “less is more” fashion mantra and marry several pieces together to create one collective piece.

This is great for tarting up an older garment in the back of your wardrobe. By adding a few different accessories in strategic places you can create the illusion of a different dress for a fraction of the cost.

Metallics are always milling around at this time of year. Dare to be a little different by butching up a mini with some intense biker boots. This will counterbalance the sexiness of a skin-tight dress and give a much edgier feel to the overall aesthetic. Plus your feet will thank you for not forcing them into sky scraper heels when you are dancing the night away.

Studding is still a strong trend and it’s one which won’t be going anywhere come next season. Again the key to this is investing in a couple statement accessories. A studded shoe or belt can transform the look of an outfit giving it longevity in your wardrobe. Go girlie with a full-on sequin maxi dress by throwing a belt around the waist and finish it all off with festive feathers. Just remember it’s the only time of the year you can get away with excess, so fill your fashion boots.

Model Danni at Colours Modeling Agency.

Assisted by
Nigel Darling
Farah al Zadjaly

With thanks to The Dome George Street for our beautiful location.


Red dress £265.00 exclusive to Phase Eight on George Street
Snake skin shoes, Faith £50.00

River Island beaded black dress £100.00
Bronze Shoes £45.00 Debenhams

Metallic dress New Look £39.99
Boots Miss KG£95.00
Scull belt worn as necklace £5.99 New Look

White tuxedo Jacket £69.99 Mango
Top urban outfitters £35.00
Pencil Skirt River Island £22.00
Studded shoes £85.00 Urban Outfitters

Red sequin dress Debenhams £175.00
Black fur cape £130.00 Isla Skye
Belt river island £25.00

Oasis leather frock £65.00
Gold necklaces urban £16.00 each.
Pearl hand bracelets £2.00 each Primark
Urban outfitters shoes £95.00

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Scotland on Sunday shoot

Here's last months Spectrum Goddess Gown shoot. My model, hair & make-up team and photographer worked their socks off to create that gorgeous goddess glow. Playing with Jenny Packham, Alexander McQueen, Carolyn Baxter and Catherine Dean gowns all afternoon wasn't a bad way to spend a day.

Big thanks to the girl's at Jane Davidson and Harvey Nichols Edinburgh for letting me borrow their wonderful stock.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Lynne McCrossan: Scanlan follows a thread to see surge in demand - Fashion -

ONCE in every generation a 
designer puts their finger on the pulse of fashion and it resonates with wearers around the world.

Barbara Hulanicki did it in the 60s, Ossie Clark in the 60s and 70s and Dame Vivienne Westwood nailed it in the 80s.

Now it’s Hayley Scanlan’s turn to treat us to her threads. This Zeitgeist designer has won awards for being up-and-coming talent, has had her clothing scouted out and worn by fashion royalty, such as Erin O’Connor, and is a favourite with pop 
starlets. And the weekend saw her sending a diffusion line down the hallways of the V&A Dundee. Her home town honoured the HS collection beautifully.

The skirts, tops and dresses sprung from demand when a frock she ran up for her sister last Christmas caught on like wild fire. It was a paired-down version of her couture collection, and people couldn’t get enough of it.

As word of mouth spread through the fashionista set that you could get a slice of Scanlan without spending red 
carpet prices there was no stopping 
requests. And much to Hayley’s surprise, it’s the baggier dresses that are moving like hot cakes, which interested her since she’s famed for her bodycon silhouette.

The last year has seen the young designer – and new mum – become a frantic seamstress as orders flooded in. It’s so exciting to see such talent right on our doorstep. It really is a brilliant time for the Scottish fashion industry.

Lynne McCrossan: Scanlan follows a thread to see surge in demand - Fashion -

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Lynne McCrossan: We wear style with pride and subtlety, louis - Features -

This weeks column...

Lynne McCrossan: We wear style with pride and subtlety, louis - Features -

THERE is never any love lost when someone you don’t particularly find stylish has a pop at your outfit.

So when I heard Louis Vuitton had left Edinburgh out of their city guide I actually felt quite relieved.

After all, they cite a 50-year-old woman who prances around in questionable leotards as a muse – sorry, Madonna, but it’s true.

And they think emblazoning the front of accessories with a million monogram letters looks chavvy, I mean, classy.

This city has a much more subtle sense of style. Something I’m very comfortable with. Take last week, for example. Harvey Nichols held an intimate Q&A with design sensation Jonathan Saunders. His clothing is wearable works of art. Simple and elegant, easily worn by all ages and style aesthetics.

As I scanned the crowd at the event I was thrilled to see the plethora of creative talent in attendance. Writers, artists, lecturers and models all mingled amongst the beauty of the collection.

On top of that, we held an International Fashion Festival, which is still racking up press interest from the likes of Italian Vogue, and our fashion schools are attracting design legends, such as Michael Kors, onto Campus.

And lest I forget the worst-kept secret in fashion at the moment. Chanel bringing a show to Edinburgh this December. If I had to make a choice, it would be for King Karl over Vuitton every day of the week.

*for fashion insider and capital catwalk click on the link.*

Monday, 22 October 2012

Fashion: Rock chic - Fashion -

Here's a sneak peek behind the scenes of my Rock Chick Chic fashion spread.

**For the full article click on the scotsman link below.**

It was a wonderful shoot and we had the pleasure of having Kassidy come on location ahead of their gig this Sunday at the Liquid Rooms as part of Haddowdest.

My inspiration and muse on this shoot was Ms Edie Sedgwick. No one did gig dressing like this lass. Andy's factory superstar was all about stealing the show. So get the door knocker earrings out and head down to Haddowfest this Sunday.

Fashion: Rock chic - Fashion -

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Hotel Missoni Spa Sensation

Escaping domestic duties in the name of work guarantees a hall pass in my house.

So sampling the spa at Hotel Missoni was always going to be a long day at the office *wink*.

My skin has been a horror show since my sons arrival last year. Dehydration has left liney hallmarks all over my twenty eight year old face and no amount of cleanse, tone and moisturise was fixing it.

Had I known a trip here would do the trick I'd have clocked in months ago.

Now, I'm no stranger to a spa but I have to say the treatment performed on me was unlike anything I've ever tried before.

When the therapist whipped out a machine complete with metal ball apparatus which pluses electric currents through your face, I thought she was joking.

As I lay there being lightly tasered, the taste of metal building in my mouth (don't worry, I was per warned this was safe and normal during treatment) relaxation was the furthest thing on my mind. I was intrigued by every roller motion feeling much more quizzical than tranquil. Muscles I never knew existed twitched before being soothed by warm waxy brush strokes of oil across the skin.

When it was all over I was informed to take my time getting off the treatment table and join my therapist in the chill out zone.

Except I didn't need time. I bolted upright the second she left feeling full of energy. It was as if I'd been injected with espresso. Bouncing towards the mirror for a look my skin appeared plump and dewy. I've never seen it respond to a treatment so well.

Discussing this with the therapist she informed it was the electric currents that put the skin tissue under a work out. On top of that she popped some rose, sandalwood and evening primrose essential oil on my face which I've subsequently become obsessed with.

My skin has never looked better and the treatment was three weeks ago.

*I had a facial with the Aroma Radiance Lift Machine*

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Fashion: Edinburgh ready to showcase its style - Fashion -

Fashion: Edinburgh ready to showcase its style - Fashion -

My shoot and fashion feature with the very talented team at EOLFW...

Edinburgh Online Fashion Week is the newest addition to the city’s growing fashion events calendar.

Beginning on Monday, October 22, the comprehensive schedule brings together fashion houses, boutiques, independent designers and graduates from across the city, showcasing the best of Edinburgh talent and style over five days.

Filmed in the iconic back drop of the Quartermile development, EOFW merges high street, high end, vintage and new talent all at the comfort of your fingertips.

We went behind the scenes ahead of their premiere broadcast to show you a sneak peek of what to expect from the 

Everything is wearer friendly and consumer led. The collections are ready to wear and, most importantly, ready to buy in the city now.

There will be three shows a day streamed online, starting with designer and high street, teaming House of Fraser with Scottish Fashion Award-winning shoe store Shhhh.

Tuesday and Wednesday is the turn of local boutiques such as Goodstead, Kakao by K and new cult denim emporium ALC 

This moves to established independent designers on Thursday, with shows from Psycho Moda, Tea at Aunties and Nicci N.

The event wraps up on Friday with exciting young graduates Jennifer Morris, Fiona Somerville and Maxine Miller.

The concept came to event director Gary Anderson while taking a Lothian bus across town.

“It was so simple, I couldn’t believe no-one had tried it before,” he said.

Over the last eight months he has gone about assembling a team through the powers of the internet, connecting with people via social networks – all while attending Edinburgh Napier University where he studies festival and events with marketing.

The flashing lights of fashion are a long way from his roots on the shop floor at Tesco. There, he worked his way up the managerial ladder only to discover at the tender age of 25 that he wanted to try something different.

It’s this work ethic that propelled him to take on the mammoth challenge of creating an online fashion week for the city while studying.

In the beginning, everyone gave up an evening a week while planning came together. Soon Gary’s creative team consisted of Dickson Reid Hairdressing, celebrity make-up artist Lauren Gollan and her pro make-up artistry team, photographer Dawn Marie Jones, stylists Megan Cunningham and Laura Blyth, as well as a filming crew from 47 film.

It has resulted in a super glossy exhibit of eclectic Edinburgh style. And what makes it even better is you have the choice when and where to watch it all.

Lynne McCrossan: Who wouldn’t be distracted by a naked heiress - Fashion -

Lynne McCrossan: Who wouldn’t be distracted by a naked heiress - Fashion -


When you are on a deadline the best thing to do is clear the decks and avoid distractions.

But that’s a bit of a luxury when space is at a premium in your one-bed Gorgie flat filled to the rafters with baby bumph, bulldog beds, Belfast boy’s clutter and an ever expanding wardrobe – mine, not his.

So whenever I touch base with the book agent as she inquires how manuscript number two is coming, I divulge my world of distraction in the vain hope she’ll understand the snail pace writing plan.

She always does, and her sage words of encouragement are just the tonic to get me back on track. Until the next inevitable distraction. Except this one is a biggie. She’s Marchesa Luisa Casati, the eccentric Italian heiress who blew her vast inheritance and amassed a debit of $25 million bankrupting herself by 1930. She would take walks naked beneath leopard print furs and wanted to be known as a living work of art.

I initially started researching her as a character who passed though my fictional herione’s life. But since truth is stranger than fiction the Marchesa’s real story has bewitched me. I’m now face first in her autobiography, meaning I’m reading, not writing. Oops.


It’s time to ditch the big bag for something a little smaller. This season say ta ta to anything bigger than an envelope sized clutch as hand bags are being minimized for maxine effect. It doesn’t matter the material, colour or style, just as long as it only has room for your keys, purse, phone and lippie. It’s like the fashion world is feng shui’ing our wardrobes.