The British Fashion Council Hands Out Its Awards-------
As far as sweeping up British fashion awards go, 2008 was a good year to be a girl and/or in shoes. Luella Bartley, London fashion’s homecoming queen (she came back from New York a couple of seasons ago), took the chunk of Swarovski crystal labeled Designer of the Year; Louise Goldin competed against Danielle Scutt and the (female and identical) Felder Felder twins to scoop up the Emerging Designer prize; and Tamara Mellon accepted the Designer Brand of the Year for turning Jimmy Choo into an internationally recognized synonym for sex on improbably vertiginous stilettos. The Model of the Year award went to Jourdan Dunn, who, having beat out Lily Donaldson and Agyness Deyn, cried and thanked everyone, but most importantly, Vogue Italia‘s Franca Sozzani, who put the West London 18-year-old on one of the covers of what became this year’s mega-magazine sensation, the Black Issue. As for triumphal cobblers, Rupert Sanderson came away with the Accessory award and Nicholas Kirkwood collected the trophy in the Emerging class. Perhaps the biggest outpouring of love, though, went to Stephen Jones, who was treated to a standing ovation for being such a genius milliner and general engine of fashion creativity since the eighties. Receiving the Outstanding Achievement award, he was, appropriately enough, crowned with a black coronet of his own design, and set off wearing it at a jaunty angle to enjoy the rest of the night with L’Wren Scott, Michael Howells, and a motley entourage of adoring young designer fans.