DRESSED TO KILT CELEBRATED DIVERSITY AND CULTURE IN NYC WITH CELEBRITY FASHION SHOW AND COCKTAIL PARTY TO BENEFIT THE NAVY SEAL FOUNDATION
New York, NY– Dressed to Kilt’s returned to New York on Friday April 5th, 201. The night was a hit with a celebrity fashion show featuring kilts and kitsch and cool Native American designers as a fun twist to celebrate diversity. The fashion show featured designers from Scotland and some Native American tribes along with the runway debut of a LGBTQ tartan worn by Scottish TV personality Phil MacHugh. The show featured fun spectacles and delights to keep the crowd entertained ranging from Native American dance numbers to famed rugby player brothers strutting shirtless down the runway, and even live Falcons making a catwalk appearance. The fashion show was followed by a cocktail party and buffet along and beats spun by DJ Johnny that had guests dancing the night away. This year’s notable lineup included: Master Chief Edward Byers (active Navy Seal), Tom and Max Evans (Famous Scottish Rugby Players), Phil MacHugh (Scottish media personality and columnist), Adam Beach (“Law and Order SVU”, “Hawaii Five-O” and “Juanita” on Netflix), Francesca Curran (“Orange is the New Black”), Jessica Matten (star of “Frontier’ on Netflix), Buddy Valastro (“Cake Boss”), Janelle Evans (“Teen Mom”), Kelli Barrett (“Fosse/Verdon” on FX), Marvin Cortes (“America’s Next Top Model”) and Genevieve Gorder (Former star of “Trading Spaces” and new Bravo series “Stay Here”).
Guests were greeted at the entrance of the Church of the Holy Apostles to a traditional Scottish bagpiper and treated to delectable nibbles before the show started. The crowd was treated to incredible designs from Native American designers Shyanne Brant, Stacey Mitchell, Sparkling Spur, Red Berry Women and Wabigonikwe Tenasco reminding guests of the incredible rich history and talent of Native Americans that is often ignored by the fashion community. Designers from across the pond such as Lucan Fashion, Ediburgh based label Totty Rocks, Calzeat and Walker Slater reminded the crowd what true craftsmanship and heritage looks like. A nod was made to the outdoor lifestyle arena with designs from Horse Country Saddlery. In addition to these special designs, kilts and the Navy SEAL Foundation Tartan highland dress. A very special LGBTQ Tartan quilt made its debut on American runways last night really ringing in the message of inclusivity for the evening
The soiree was held in Houston last year, taking a break from a long run in New York City, but returned to its roots in New York City on Tartan Day, April 5, 2019. Dressed to Kilt has developed a cult like following for those seeking some good Scottish fun and many celebrities with Scottish roots have dawned the catwalk from Andie MacDowell to Ivanka Trump.
About Dressed to Kilt
From its genesis in 2003, DTK is now the largest and most prestigious Scottish fashion event in the world, and one of the highest profile fashion shows in the United States. We believe that fashion without the enrichment of diverse cultures become hollow. The show is produced by the Friends of Scotland charity which was co-founded by Sir Sean Connery in 2002. In addition to supermodels, this show highlights very accomplished men and women on the runway and it is also filled with A-List celebrities and athletes from both sides of the Atlantic. In recent shows Sir Sean Connery, Gerard Butler, Kiefer Sutherland, Kyle MacLachlan, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., Chris “Mr. Big” Noth, Mike Myers and Craig Ferguson have all walked the runway. The charity has raised significant sums for the families of wounded veterans. For more information, please visit www.dressedtokilt.com
About The Navy SEAL Foundation
The Navy SEAL Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families. Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, there has been an unprecedented demand for our Special Operations Forces. Never before has so much been asked of so few, from so many, for so long. Established in 2000 to serve U.S. Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen, Naval Special Warfare support personnel and their families, the Navy SEAL Foundation’s programs are focused on the preservation of the Naval Special Warfare force and their families. We provide a comprehensive set of programs specifically designed to improve health and welfare, build and enhance resiliency, empower and educate families and provide critical support during times of illness, injury, loss and transition. Built on an unparalleled legacy and established in 2000, the Navy SEAL Foundation is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, national, non-profit benevolent organization headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA. The Foundation is a resolute cornerstone for the Naval Special Warfare community and their families in times of adversity and triumph. Each of our specialized programs maps directly back to the U.S. Special Operations Command directive and the Naval Special Warfare’s Preservation of the Force and Family Program, a program designed to address the “fraying” of the force caused by the stress of more than 18 years of sustained combat. Our programs are designed to improve health and welfare, build and enhance resiliency, empower and educate their families, and provide critical support during times of illness, injury, and loss. https://www.navysealfoundation.org