8 posts tagged "British Fashion Awards"
Congratulations are in order for Manolo Blahnik. The British Fashion Council announced this morning that Blahnik will be presented with its Outstanding Achievement Award at next week’s BFAs. As a milk shake (Blahnik’s favorite) toast to the occasion, now is the perfect time to revisit the cobbler’s sit-down with China Chow in L.A. for Style.com. Click below to watch.
Tonight in London, the British Fashion Council hosted its annual British Fashion Awards, with Kate Moss, Samantha Cameron, Colin Firth, and Marc Jacobs all on hand. Check back tomorrow for our complete coverage of the party scene. In the meantime, this year’s winners are below. A new category, the New Establishment, was created this year to recognize, in the words of the BFC, “a particular movement in British fashion that is taking the industry by storm”; Christopher Kane received the inaugural award. And for the second year running, the British Style Award, voted on by the public, went to Alexa Chung.
Designer of the Year: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
Menswear Designer of the Year: Kim Jones
Accessory Designer of the Year: Charlotte Dellal for Charlotte Olympia
Designer Brand of the Year: Victoria Beckham
Model of the Year: Stella Tennant
Emerging Talent—Womenswear: Mary Katrantzou
Emerging Talent—Menswear: Christopher Raeburn
Emerging Talent—Accessories: Tabitha Simmons
New Establishment Award: Christopher Kane
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Sam Gainsbury, Gainsbury and Whiting
Red Carpet Award: Stella McCartney
Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Award: Sir Paul Smith
British Style Award: Alexa Chung
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.