Bonnie Bling "excited and nervous" about Scottish Fashion Awards

A bit of bling: A model shows one of the pieces from the Bonnie Bling collection
A bit of bling: A model shows one of the pieces from the Bonnie Bling collection© Garry Maclennan

Glasgow-based jewellery firm Bonnie Bling might have only been around for 18 months, but it’s had such a huge impact that the firm has been nominated for a prestigious Scottish Fashion Award gong.

Headed up by graphic designer-turned-jewellery-designer Mhairi Mackenzie, the brand offers customers a range of tongue-in-cheek acrylic jewellery that uses Scots slang and phrases including “och aye” and “peely wally”.

The items have really taken off in the industry, and Bonnie Bling even has attracted a number of prestigious celebrity fans.

Now the ultimate honour of being nominated for the Scottish Accessory/Jewellery Designer of the Year gong at this Monday’s glitzy Scottish Fashion Awards in Glasgow.

Speaking to stv.tv, Mhairi said: “It’s amazing. It’s been a great year for Bonnie Bling, everything has gone so fast and so well.

“To have a nomination among some of the amazing designers is quite something.”

She added: “This is my first year at the Scottish Fashion Awards, I’m excited and nervous. I don’t know [if I will win], everyone else in the category is so amazing. We’ll just need to wait and see what happens. I’m just glad to be nominated.”

Bonnie Bling’s range has gone down so well in Scotland that Mhairi has even launched a new collection in England, showcasing the pieces at the recent Brighton Fashion Week, featuring phrases such as “lovely jubbly” and “totes amazeballs”.

It’s an incredible achievement, particularly for someone who started the business as a sideline while working in another industry.

“I’m not scared to try something and demand for Bonnie Bling seemed to be there,” Mhairi explained of her decision to launch the company despite the tough economic climate.

“People really loved the products, I was getting a lot of products and orders, and it was clear there was an opportunity there.”

She continued: “I think it’s well designed and really fun accessories for people to have. People like to have something a bit different. With the range of words we have, they appeal to a wide range of people. You can treat a friend and make someone smile.”

Bonnie Bling has now built up a strong celebrity following, with the brand designing pieces in the past that have been worn by X Factor singer Amelia Lily, and TV presenter Laura Whitmore.

Up-and-coming Scottish singer Tallia Storm - who is supporting Elton John this Sunday at his concert at Falkirk Stadium, as well as performing at the Scottish Fashion Awards – is also a big fan of the Bonnie Bling range, and Mhairi is hoping the teen will be wearing some of the collection at both events.

And of course Mhairi is planning to showcase some of her very own creations when she attends the Scottish Fashion Awards this Monday (June 11) at the Crowne Plaza, along with a bespoke dress designed by Scottish fashion duo Obscure Couture, who are nominated for Scottish Young Designer of the Year.
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