Dressed to Kilt 2011 Fashion Show

Freddie Stroma  'Dressed To Kilt' runway
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Freddie Stroma walks the runway at the Dressed to Kilt fashion show.

The theme of the 2011 Dressed to Kilt fashion show, now in its ninth year, was “country chic, where Scottish culture meets country cool,” and Nashville stars like Kellie Pickler and Kix Brooks were among those walking the runway to raise funds for wounded veterans.

The always fun event draws models from a broad range of fields, and this year included the New York Giants’s Ahmad Bradshaw and Danny Ware, Gossip Girl’s Mathew Settle, 30 Rock’s Katrina Bowden, and True Blood’s Jim Parrack, who flew in from L.A. especially for the show.

Parrack warned us not to expect him to strut like Zoolander. “Well, I’m going to walk; I don’t know about modeling,” he said.

The English contributed their own famous faces, including pro Rugby players Thom Evans and Richie Gray, who had the ladies swooning—a woman beside us demanded to know who they were when they appeared on the catwalk.

And everyone was charmed by actor Freddie Stroma, who plays Cormac in the Harry Potter movies. Before the show, the Brit told us that while in New York, he checked out his pal Daniel Radcliffe’s performance in Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The affable blond 24-year-old hunk, who has a degree in Neuroscience from University College London, said the kilt he’d be wearing was not traditional. “There’s a lot of black leather involved; it kind of looks a little Scottish S&M,” he said.

Pretty much all of the boldface names took part in the fashion show, except for Donald Trump Jr.—who gamely donned a kilt last year—and his father, the Donald, who just sat on the sidelines, much to our relief (wife Melania insisted that her husband has beautiful legs, but we’ll take her word for it).

Designers large and small, including Vivienne Westwood, Harris Tweed, House of Holland, and even FIT students contributed looks for the show.

The raucous Dressed to Kilt event is known for two things: copious quantities of whiskey—Glenlivet was the evening’s sponsor —and beefcake. This year’s show went on a bit longer than usual, and was, well, not quite so cheeky. But things picked up toward the end: Shirtless male models suddenly began to appear; one even tossed his sweater into the audience and then stripped off the kilt, revealing skimpy black Calvin Klein briefs. After a few spins down the runway, Marcus Schenkenberg finally made his first shirtless appearance to whistles and applause.

Brian Cox Jim Gaffigan Chris Noth Kiefer Sutherland 'Dressed To Kilt

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That Championship Season cast skirts the issue: From left to right, Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Jason Patric, Chris Noth, and Kiefer Sutherland.

And for a big finale, they announced a surprise. Actor Brian Cox, a Scot, popped by after the evening’s run of his Broadway show, That Championship Season, and brought along his cast mates Jason Patric, Chris Noth, Kiefer Sutherland, and Jim Gaffigan. The five actors, all in kilts, confidently marched down the runway, paused at the end, turned their backs to the photographers, and, flipping up their skirts, revealed their bare behinds—the show’s signature gesture.

Noth, the big ham, lifted his kilt again as they left the stage.