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The British Fashion Awards’ Big Winners Revealed

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Chris Kane and Donatella Versace

Pillars of the British fashion industry gathered at the London Coliseum tonight for the British Fashion Awards—an annual ceremony that honors the crème de la crème of the country’s creative talents. In addition to much-coveted honors such as Womenswear Designer of the Year (which Donatella Versace presented to Christopher Kane), Brand of the Year (won by Burberry, whose Christopher Bailey also took the Menswear Designer of the Year title), Accessories Designer of the Year (won by Nicholas Kirkwood), Model of the Year (Edie Campbell), and the International Designer of the Year Award (Miuccia Prada), there were a few special prizes to bestow. i-D magazine’s founders Terry and Tricia Jones earned a standing ovation when they picked up their Outstanding Achievement Award, Marc Jacobs turned up to hand Kate Moss her Special Recognition Award, and Samantha Cameron presented a deserving Suzy Menkes with her Lifetime Achievement honor. As for the up-and-comers, J.W. Anderson took the New Establishment Award, while Simone Rocha and Agi & Sam won the emerging womenswear and menswear categories, respectively. Finally, the Emerging Accessories Designer Award fittingly went to Nicholas Kirkwood’s protégée Sophia Webster. Tune in tomorrow for complete coverage of the ceremony, as well as Kate Moss’ undoubtedly raucous after-fete. To see all the winners, visit the British Fashion Council’s Web site.

Pearl Jam

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Shop The Look: Pearl Jam

Everything old is new again—including heirloom-worthy pearls. No longer reserved for prim sweater sets and Easter brunch, pearls have gotten a forward-thinking makeover for Spring. Forgo classic stud earrings in favor of surrealist pumps, an embellished minaudière, or a playful belt. A hint of irony takes this look from “traditional” to anything but. Shop our favorite pearly pieces by Nicholas Kirkwood, Alexander McQueen, and more, below.

1. Alexander McQueen faux-pearl-embellished knitted dress, $2,915, available at net-a-porter.com.

2. Adia Kibur faux-pearl cluster bracelet, $50, available at shopbop.com.

3. Lanvin crystal-and-Swarovski-pearl belt, $2,780, available at net-a-porter.com.

4. Alexander McQueen black leather Fishscale Pearl Skull Box Clutch, $2,085, available at ssense.com.

5. Nicholas Kirkwood pearl-trimmed suede pumps, $889, available at matchesfashion.com.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

A League of Their Own

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Renzo RossoAnyone who’s been watching the ready-to-wear shows knows that athleticism is the thing for Spring (gym gear at Gucci, soccer socks at Prada, mesh galore at Pucci, et alia). But in an interview with Reuters this weekend, Diesel founder (and ruler of the OTB empire) Renzo Rosso made a more conceptual connection between the worlds of fashion and sport. “Fashion is like soccer. Only champions make a difference,” he said when asked about LVMH’s recent investment in J.W. Anderson and Nicholas Kirkwood—two brands he had reportedly been following for the past couple of years. “We also considered investing in them, but we never expected LVMH to move so quickly,” he added. With big companies once again championing up-and-comers (Kering just invested in Altuzarra and, of course, bought a 51 percent stake in Christopher Kane in January), the game is definitely on. Here’s to the next generation of winning talents.

Photo: Jocelyn Bain Hogg/ Style.com Print

Nicholas Kirkwood’s Spring Escape

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Kirkwood Spring '14

Nicholas Kirkwood has never been to Morocco, but for Spring ’14, he’s in a Marrakech state of mind. High-perched styles include lacy, laser-cut leathers and raffia heels in bright orange with fuchsia details that play with a cool seventies sports feel, while a new line of super-soft moccasins in hot colors seems to point to bright horizons. But the designer’s not headed for sunny climes anytime soon: “The industry doesn’t really let you do that anymore—as soon as I’m done with this collection, I’m already late for pre-collection!” That and Kirkwood’s newly signed partnership with LVMH (“They’re the best partner you could dream of,” he said) will keep him plenty busy. On the agenda: more staff, more shops, and more smart day options, like his first thong sandal and a cork-sole moccasin that picks up on elements of the men’s collection. He’s also gearing up to “capture fashion in midheight”—to that end, he has just secured the patent to his signature triangular heel. The blowout vacation will just have to wait.

Photo: Courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood

J.W. Anderson Secures Loewe Gig, LVMH Investment

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Jonathan Anderson

You can’t say we didn’t warn you. Today, WWD reports that after scooping up Nicholas Kirkwood last week, LVMH has purchased a minority stake in up-and-coming British brand J.W. Anderson (designed by Jonathan Anderson). Oh, but that’s not all. Anderson, 29, has also signed on as the creative director of Loewe, stepping into the shoes of Stuart Vevers, who announced in June that he was leaving the Spanish house to replace Reed Krakoff at Coach. Sound like a lot for the emerging talent to take on? It is. But if Anderson has the guts to send boys in sheer lace jumpsuits and ruffled tube tops down the runway, we’re pretty sure he’s up for anything—particularly if that anything is injecting a youthful edge into Loewe’s classic look.

Photos: Ami Sioux for Style.com/Print