The Scottish Style Awards 2009 will take place amid the quixotic surrounds of the The Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow’s Merchant City, on the evening of Saturday 31st October.

Established as Scotland’s foremost celebration of creative endeavour, the Scottish Style Awards salute inspirational individuals and enterprises that enrich society through their distinguished activities in fashion, music, the arts, stage, screen, retailing and hospitality.

Award categories, assessed by a panel of, apparently, illustrious judges, range from Scotland’s most stylish Male, Female and Band or Musician to Fashion Designer of the Year. Tastemaker of the Year, the penultimate accolade of the ceremony salutes those Scots whose creative endeavours have impacted on our cultural life and defined or redefined our understanding of style and creativity. Scotland’s most stylish Boutique and High Street retailer are named along with the cream of the hospitality industry via the most stylish Bar, Restaurant, Hotel and Entertainment Venue.

Finally the ceremony culminates in a very special award honouring an individual or enterprise that has made an outstanding and enduring contribution to Scottish style.

This year, I’m happy to say , this award just happens to go to Harris Tweed Hebrides.

In a similar vein I’m happy to see a friend of mine Michelle Haswell, otherwise known as one of the Queenies over at Kingdom of Style, up for Most Stylish Female. Well done Meesh!

Other nominees I’ll be rooting for include:

Most Stylish Bar: r Bar @ Rocpool Reserve, Inverness for their great cocktails.

Most Stylish Restaurant: Chez Roux, Inverness. Again at Rocpool. Best French cooking I’ve had in Scotland.

Most Stylish Hotel: Sorry Hotel Hebrides but Blythswood Square with Jim Hamilton @ Graven’s use of Harris Tweed gets the Croft’s vote.

Most Stylish Entertainment Venue: Stornoway’s not entirely unstylish An Lanntair is up so it’s gotta get rooted for.

Most Stylish Male: While once again I appear to have been studiously overlooked it seems my editor at Clash Magazine is up so he gets the nod.

Good luck to you all!