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Fashion Forward 2012 Winners Announced


This morning, the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced the three womenswear designers—Mary Katrantzou, Henry Holland, and Louise Gray—and one menswear designer, James Long, who have been awarded the Fashion Forward sponsorship for two consecutive seasons of London shows. Long is the first menswear designer to receive funding from the Fashion Forward program. They are in good company. In the past six years of the program, the winners have included Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, and, last year, Peter Pilotto, Todd Lynn, and Meadham Kirchhoff.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

On Our Radar: Longchamp X Mary Katrantzou


For years, I’ve been thinking about getting a Longchamp duffel bag and I couldn’t decide what color to get. Once, while in the Caribbean, I saw a chic French woman carrying a turquoise number, and the minute I arrived back in the city, I tried to purchase it, with no luck—it was no longer available in that shade. Black was going to be my ultimate decision because it’s practical and simple. I kept reminding myself that it would match all of my luggage and for years to come, it would never go out of style. Although that would be a smart choice, it’s rare I make my purchases based on that, so I left the store with no bag in hand. Luckily, one of my favorite designers, Mary Katrantzou, has provided the perfect answer to my Longchamp quest. Her new collection for the label, launching exclusively at Colette on January 23, combines her signature prints with Longchamp’s classic silhouettes. I used mine when I traveled home for the holidays—it stands out nicely among the sea of black luggage. My daughter Gloria was toting it around for a while and liked it so much, now she’s calling it her luggage. It looks like I will have put up a fight to get it back.

Longchamp x Mary Katrantzou is available at Colette on January 23.

Photo: Courtesy of Colette

Burton, Beckham, Kane, And More Take The BFAs


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

Photo: Mike Marsland / Wireimage

Ann Among The Angels


Ann Demeulemeester’s dreaming of a black Christmas. For the holiday season, the designer created a capsule collection of four black pieces, for men and women, in collaboration with the online retailer; Ann Demeulemeester (, as the collection is known, will go online on November 22.

To celebrate the capsule collection—which consists of a leather and cotton waistcoat, a cotton cashmere tank top, a pair of pants, and a shopper bag, ranging in price from $430 for the top to $1,290 for the waistcoat—Demeulemeester commissioned artist Erik Madigan Heck, who has worked with Kenzo and Mary Katrantzou, to shoot an 8mm short film in Antwerp featuring the collection. “It’s beautiful how a human being brings a garment to life,” Demeulemeester tells “The inexplicable mystery and contrast of a man and a woman and how they intrigue. My aim has always been to incorporate authentic feelings in my work. Erik Madigan Heck’s short movie is a beautiful expression of this.” For his part, Heck described the film earlier this year in conversation with “I’m in love with it,” he said at the time. “It’s very blown out, and the models look like angels appearing and disappearing.” The film premieres exclusively below on

Photo: Erik Madigan Heck

A Sneak Peek At Mary Katrantzou’s Topshop Collection, Margherita Missoni Makes Her First Solo Design Outing, Tom Ford’s New Project In Palm Springs, And More…


Mary Katrantzou’s Topshop collaboration hasn’t hit stores yet, but a few photos from the collection are already out. The collection has Katrantzou’s signature stamp of colorful prints all over it. [Style Bubble]

Director Babette Pauthier has brought the Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 skull scarf collection to life in a new short film. If you are still costume-less for tonight’s Halloween festivities, one of these scarves is should do the trick (or treat). [Telegraph]

Margherita Missoni’s solo debut as a designer is a 12-piece capsule collection for M Missoni and OrphanAid Africa. The collection hits stores in Milan on November 10 and New York on November 15. [WWD]

Tom Ford has rented the John Lautner-designed Arthur Elrod house in Palm Springs for a new perfume campaign he is shooting. The house, which was featured in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever, has an indoor-outdoor swimming pool, a domed concrete roof, and a wall of motorized glass. [Page Six]