An inspiring evening with the man behind the iconic initials

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A professional golfer with a flare for creativity and style; Christian Macleod turned what was a fashionable hobby into a hugely successful career. Now an established fashion designer, Christian has completely reinvented ‘the belt’ and his initials have become internationally iconic. These luxury belts have been shown in British GQ and Vogue, and are constantly being spotted on celebrities.

img_8480Belts by Christian Macleod

It was after the Blue CM Campaign that I first met Christian; a Christian Macleod charity event in partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust. I was just finishing off my arts degree and so chatting to somebody with as much passion towards the creative industries and a common interest in art and design was totally refreshing. I found his creative mind-set inspiring and his ability to constantly push boundaries was something very relevant and current for me at the time. Graduating from art school into a world where creativity is given a backseat was so daunting, so to hear from Christian who really made it to where he is today by taking risks and getting what he wanted with a determined attitude was exactly the kind of encouragement I needed.

An Invitation to The Story behind CM

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1000 guests, by invitation only. Held within the UK’s biggest BMW showroom, Christian told his story from his earlier years playing professional golf to his current success in the fashion world. Each and every person in the showroom that night was taken on a journey; Christian talked of his success, but also through his mistakes. We listened, laughed and even shed a few tears.

“I was the youngest designer in the world to showcase in GQ, at the time I had no idea what I was getting myself into. This is my story, my journey, my mistakes, my heartaches, my joys, my sorrows, my gift, my life. With every secret in between.” – Christian MacLeod

I left the event that night with a new sense of enthusiasm. I felt motivated and more determined in my own creative journey. I was reassured that constantly being told no was a rule to break. I firmly believe that without rule breakers in society, we would all live exceptionally grey lifestyles. It is because of creative risk takers that we have such incredible art, culture, fashion and design; and it is thanks to these creative industries that we have informed young people with freedom of speech, the ability form opinions and opportunities to push the boundaries that so often restrict.

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What I wore…

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Court heels – Stradivarius

Wide leg paper-bag waist trousers – Mango

Plunge neck crop top – Zara

Diamond necklace – Chloe

Gold watch – Olivia Burton

Bracelet stack – Hamilton & Inches

5* rating for our accommodation
Ardconnel Court Apartments

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Our weekend in Inverness became such a great opportunity for a girly catch up. We stayed in the beautiful apartments at Ardconnel Court. Our apartment on the ground floor had the most stunning private balcony with breath-taking views of the castle. I definitely need to visit again in the summer to make full use of outdoor space; it would be so perfect for some sunset alfresco dinners! The space was so light and contemporary; everything we needed was to hand – Wi-Fi, sound system, private parking, luxurious beauty products in the bathrooms and unbelievably comfortable beds. Being in the heart of the city was ideal for going a wander round the city centre the next day – we were literally a 5 minute walk from all the best local cafes and restaurants. The apartments have fully equipped kitchens, which we regrettably didn’t use – but being in such a central location we were able to order in some Zizzi salads before the event!

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Such a great stay – thank you for having us Ardconnel Court!

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Thanks for reading & a huge thank you to Christian for hosting such an incredible event.

Rona X

 

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