9 & 10 November 2019 – Fife Arms Fashion Weekend

With Harper's Bazaar

Scotland and high fashion have long been a source of mutual fascination and inspiration. This November, The Fife Arms is delighted to co-host a very special Fashion Weekend with Harper’s Bazaar. Over one weekend, it will celebrate the creativity that Scotland and its landscape evoke as well as exploring the surprising connections between the village of Braemar, Harper’s Bazaar, and The Fife Arms.

Central to this story is Frances Farquharson a former Editor of Harper’s Bazaar (1939 – 1945) who married Captain Alwyne Farquharson, owner of Braemar Castle and Laird of Invercauld. A hugely fashionable figure in her day, Frances invited her many fashion friends to stay on their estate. One of these was the iconic Elsa Schiaparelli, the Italian-born fashion designer best known for her collaborations with the leading artists and surrealists such as Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dali. Her collaborations included outlandish pieces such as a hat in the shape of an upturned shoe and a dress with a large lobster painted on its skirt. It is in homage to Schiaparelli’s fascination with Braemar and its surroundings, that The Fife Arms’ cocktail bar is named Elsa’s.

Over the weekend, our programme of talks and our fashion room in The Fife Arms will celebrate these local and international connections while also exploring the wider connection between Scotland and fashion. Justine Picardie, renowned author and fashion expert, will discuss the links between fashion royalty such as Coco Chanel and Christian Dior, while Oriole Cullen Curator of Fashion and Modern Textiles at the V&A will provide a broader historical and cultural context in which these personalities existed. Christopher Kane, arguably Scotland’s most high profile fashion export, will provide a contemporary context to why his homeland remains a source of enduring fascination and influence. Textile designer Araminta Campbell will be joined by special guests to discuss the pivotal role of Scottish textiles in the fashion world.

SOLD OUT – Fashion, The Fife Arms and Frances Farquharson
Justine Picardie and Oriole Cullen in conversation, followed by audience Q&A.
Saturday 9 November 2019
11:00 – 12:30pm
Village Hall

Justine Picardie is a renowned fashion journalist and author. As Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country for over seven years she has been at the forefront of fashion and contemporary culture. Justine will be joined by Oriole Cullen, Curator of Modern Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum to discuss the significant role played by Frances Farquharson in bringing haute couture to the highlands.

Tickets: £6 per person

SOLD OUT – The Highlands and Haute Couture: How Fashion and Scotland Inspire
Christopher Kane, Justine Picardie and Oriole Cullen in conversation, followed by audience Q&A.
Saturday 9 November 2019
4:00 – 5:30pm
Village Hall

From Elsa Schiaparelli to Coco Chanel and Christian Dior, Scotland has long been a source of inspiration for creative visionaries. Scotland’s most celebrated fashion designer, Christopher Kane joins our expert panel to discuss the enduring influence of his native country on his work.

Tickets: £6 per person

Tartan, Textiles and Scotland’s Enduring Influence on Fashion and Design
Araminta Campbell, plus special guests in conversation, followed by audience Q&A.
Sunday 10 November 2019
12noon – 1.30pm
The Fife Arms

Araminta Campbell is a renowned textile designer who was born and raised in Aberdeenshire. In 2014 she set up her own design, studio where she works on her core range as well as a series of bespoke commissions such as the tweed and tartan she designed for the Fife Arms. Joining Araminta is Dr Mhairi Maxwell, Assistant Curator from V&A Dundee who worked on their current exhibition ‘Studio Nicholas Daley’, exploring Nicholas’ Jamaican-Scottish heritage and his collaborations with Scottish heritage brands. The Fife Arms Cultural Programme Curator, Lorraine Grant will join Araminta and Mhairi to discuss the pivotal role of Scottish textiles in the fashion world.

Tickets: £6 per person

For a truly memorable weekend, stay with us and experience the hotel, fashion weekend and beauty of the Cairngorms National Park together. From £425.42 per night, enjoy a two night stay from Friday 8th – Sunday 10th November, this includes tickets to all talks, breakfast for both days, dinner on the 8th and 9th, and lunch on the 10th from a specially designed Clunie menu to celebrate the fashion weekend (drinks are not included).

The Flying Stag
Enjoy a hearty lunch or supper in The Flying Stag, our public bar. Frequented by residents and visitors alike, the public bar offers classic Scottish dishes, real ales, live entertainment and a selection of over 180 whiskies.

The Clunie Dining Room
Taking its name from the River Clunie, which runs past the hotel, The Clunie Dining Room showcases wood-fire cooking and seasonal Scottish produce in a striking room painted by artist, Guillermo Kuitca. Join for dinner on Friday or Saturday night, or our popular Highland Feast on Sunday.

The Drawing Room
Bringing together art and history, The Drawing Room walls are covered in The Fife Arms tartan designed by Araminta Campbell, and the immersive ceiling was commissioned from renowned Chinese artist, Zhang Enli. Afternoon Tea is served daily and includes a delicious array of sandwiches, scones and pâtisseries.

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