The 2013 British Fashion Awards held at the London’s Coliseum last Monday was full of glamour and intrigue as you would expect from one of the most prestigious fashion events of the year!
The red carpet was awash of a who’s who if the fashion world showing the worlds media that Britain certainly has style! My two stand-out outfits were Suki Waterhouse (girlfriend of Bradley Cooper) who wore a gorgeous lavender lace dress by Burberry that fitted her svelte figure perfectly and with sheer, lace and exaggerated plunge lines being trends we will be looking forward to next year – she nailed this look. Rosie Huntington whitely though stole the show for me in a stunning red jumpsuit with a long boot effect print by one of my favorite designers Antonio Berardi. This had style, sophistication, elegance and originality written all over it.
The winners of the awards were voted by over 300 individuals in the fashion industry and some came at quite a surprise! Model of the year went to 23yr old Edie Campbell who has previously had the honor of opening shows such as Burberry & Saint Laurent & who graced the covers of Vogue. Edie managed to beat Cara Delevingne who won last years award & who I though may have won again this year. Cara was surprisingly a no show at the event which I’m guessing was a blessing in disguise as the media would have lapped it up! If I’m honest though, I would say I was disappointed in Edie’s outfit for the event. Wearing black jeans and a T-shirt (no matter how many embellishments) is not what you should wear to a red carpet event!
Alexa Chung was surprisingly removed from the nominee list for British Style Award because she had already won it 3x years in a row! She did however grace the red carpet in white strapless Stella McCartney dress with sculptured, asymmetric spliced tailoring that screamed SS14. The award that was voted for by the public(or fans if i’m cynical) instead went to singer Harry Styles.
I was extremely pleased that the Emerging Accessories Designer award went to Sophia Webster. Her shoe collections are without doubt my favorite of all designers right now, simply because they are real statement pieces, completely original and super feminine. One of these days I’ll get myself a pair!
Emerging Menswear Designer went to Agi & Sam who have had a bumper year this year having just completed their first big catwalk show at London Collections.
Red Carpet Designer of the Year was Erdem. A designer who’s elegant & extremely feminine creations have been worn by big A-list celebs as well as the Duchess of Cambridge. You cant really get any bigger red carpet recognition than that!
Brand of the year was of course Burberry. Not only are they at the forefront of technology in streaming their shows live to the world, but their catwalk shows are always the most coveted at LFW. Burberry also had a double win this year as designer Christopher Bailey deservedly won Menswear Designer of the Year.
Womenswear designer of the year went to the internationally recognised designer Christopher Kane who has also had luck recently in securing a partnership deal with the Kering Group and is going from strength to strength.
A new International Designer of the Year award was introduced for the first time to celebrate an influential designer making waves on the global fashion scene. This was rightfully won by Miuccia Prada who features on the Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century.
One of the most significant awards of the evening though was the BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion which was awarded to Terry and Tricia Jones for the creation of i-D magazine. Possibly the most beautifully edited fashion magazine you will read!
And of course the special recognition awards went to Suzie Menkez and Kate Moss for their impressive 25yr long career in fashion. I’m hoping the lovely Hilary Alexander will win next year!
I narrowly missed out reporting on the red carpet this year, but hopefully next year, I will be bringing you all the first hand news live from the event itself!