Whatever next? Stewart Christie are making Tartan Trews for ladies!

  • By Stewart Christie
  • 13 Mar, 2017
Edinburgh model and Britain's Next Top Model contestant Simone Murphy, wishing to embrace her Scottish heritage and to celebrate her family tartan in a modern way, visited the Stewart Christie & Co. team at our Edinburgh workshop to be fitted with our first ever pair of Tartan Trews for ladies.
The Stewart Christie & Co Ladies' wear team are very excited to announce our exclusive line of Made-to-Measure ladies Tartan Trews, as worn by Scottish model Simone Murphy, who is currently very hot property.  22-year-old Simone Murphy from Edinburgh, is the only Scottish contestant to make the final 12 of Britain's Next Top Model 2017, due to air on Thursday 16th March on the Lifetime channel. It only seemed right to celebrate her heritage with her Macbeth family tartan and make her a fabulous pair of stylish trews.
The name Macbeth is said to mean “Son of Life” and is derived from the Gaelic MacBheathain. MacBeth, King of Scotland, came to the throne in 1040 and ruled for 16 years. Shakespeare in his play “MacBeth”, attributes the murder of King Duncan to MacBeth and his Queen. This variant of the tartan has a soft pale blue base making it an ideal replacement for denim or for more casual occasions.
Q. Name?
A. Simone Murphy

Q. Occupation?
A. Model

Q. Who or What enticed you to be a model?
A. I grew up in a really creative household during the tail-end of the supermodel era. With my mum being a stylist and my dad a photographer it came about pretty naturally after I hit 5'11"

Q. Who inspires you in the fashion industry?
A. It's hard to choose. I love Vivienne Westwood because she marches to the beat of her own drum and lets everyone else adapt to fit around her.

Q. As many high profile models are now becoming 'brands' in their own right, do you feel a responsibility to create a strong persona for yourself from the beginning?
A. I do, social media has a massive presence in the fashion industry which can be a blessing and a curse. Personally, I'm fascinated with marketing and how brands represent themselves online so I find visual platforms such as instagram really enjoyable.

Q. Is there a certain fashion brand or campaign that you would like to work with/on?
A. I could write such a long list! The AW17 Gucci show from MFW was divine..

Q. Tartan always dips in and out of high fashion. How do you think Scottish design fits in to the world of Fashion?
A. I think the world looks to Scotland frequently - perhaps without realising it. As you said, Tartan comes in and out of high fashion and so do other materials traditionally woven in Scotland. For example, tweed made a huge resurgence on the high street and the runway last winter.

Q. Which period from fashion history do you identify with the most? and which era do you think fits your look the best?
A. I love the freedom of the 60's, the decade that started the miniskirt! However, I feel my personal style is influenced more by the 90s as it's what I saw as I was growing up.

Q. We know you can't say too much before the competition which is 'Britain's New Top Model' about to go live on the lifestyle channel. But what was the high light of it all so far?
A. Definitely the opportunity to work with some amazing brands and creatives. The entire process was such a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I learnt a lot.

Q. What's your favourite Scottish word?
A. Shan. I'm an Edinburgh girl through and through.

I'm sure you'll all agree that Simone looks incredible wearing the trews in our work room, fresh off the press. We wish her the best of luck in the competition and look forward to sharing our exclusive shoot at taken at Prestonfield House and starring Simone, that is to feature in next month's Scottish lifestyle magazine Ion .


Made-to-Measure ladies Tartan Trews are priced at depending on cloth choice £245-£365. Contact the Stewart Christie & Co team for more information on 0131 225 6639 or info@stewartchristie.com


Photography: Laura Meek

Tailoring: Stewart Christie & Co

Model: Simone Murphy

MUA: Joanne Donnelly

Tartan: Macbeth



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Name? Ian Rankin

Profession? Novelist

Do you usually complete your work and then get it published or have you got some novels that you’ve secretly shelved that you may finally release at a later date?

I've only got one unpublished novel - my very first. Unlikely ever to see the light of day. It was a not very funny comedy set in a Highland hotel. There is one novel, Westwind, which was published, but I was unhappy with. I've never allowed it to be reissued. 

Very interested to know what you are currently working on that we may look forward to?
This is a sabbatical year. I am tinkering and pottering, but not doing a novel. A few short stories, meetings about film and TV. Travelling to festivals far and wide to promote Inspector Rebus' 30th anniversary.

It’s incredible that Rebus has been translated into 22 different languages, have you ever read them in other languages? We understand you resided in France for a while. It must be quite a strange feeling to see them in French, not that you would read it, but is there anything that would make you read any of your novels again once you've written them?

Translated into 35 languages - I need to update the information available online! I lived in France for six years but it wasn't translated into French until after I'd moved back to the UK, which was a bit annoying. I only ever reread my novels when asked by my publisher to provide the introduction to some new edition. 

Where do you find your inspiration in Edinburgh for such crime stories? Do you have a few "favourite haunts" you like to go to and write, or are you one of those writers who is constantly inspired throughout the day, like Alexander McCall Smith, who is forever writing?

I write seldom. I'm certainly no McCall Smith. The man is a machine. I hang out in pubs, especially the Oxford Bar. I eavesdrop on conversations. I go for drinks with retired cops. I am also a news junkie, and often get ideas from newspaper reports and such like.

We know you have a great passion for music. In a recent interview with Tim Burgess at the book festival, we experienced your immense knowledge of artists and albums, it was an interesting talk. Would you host or partake in more of them this year?

Like most crime writers, I am a frustrated rock star. Putting so much music in my books has led me to form friendships with a host of musicians, which is a lovely bonus. I will be interviewing at least one musician at this year's festival - but it's under wraps at the moment.



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