British Fashion Awards 2013 Award Winners announced plus after Show party images!

Rupert Everett, Donatella Versace, Kate Moss, Christopher Kane & Sir Philip Green

Rupert Everett, Donatella Versace, Kate Moss, Christopher Kane & Sir Philip Green

Suzy Menkes & Joan Burstein CBE

Suzy Menkes & Joan Burstein CBE

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is delighted to announce the winners of the British Fashion Awards 2013. Voted for by over 300 individuals in the fashion industry, the winners were awarded at the annual ceremony that took place Monday 2nd December at the London Coliseum. Guests including Samantha Cameron, Donatella Versace, Kate Moss, Harry Styles, Miuccia Prada, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sienna Miller, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Tinie Tempah gathered to celebrate the successes of the fashion industry over the past year.

The evening saw a total of 16 awards presented to the leading figures in fashion, recognising creative talent and design excellence across all areas of the industry. The ceremony was hosted by one of the UK’s most exciting comedy talents, Jack Whitehall, and was attended by industry members, including retailers, models, celebrities and media, and for the first time this year, members of the public who purchased tickets to attend.

Natalie Massenet, Chairman of the British Fashion Council commented, “The roll call of winners announced this evening is a phenomenal display of talent in the fashion industry. The British Fashion Awards give us the chance to commend not only the winners but celebrate all of the individuals that contribute to the incredible achievements that make London the best fashion destination in the world. I’m incredibly proud to be a part of the ceremony this evening, set in the heart of our creative capital; it provides the perfect climax to a truly momentous year of British fashion.”

Agi Mdumulla & Sam Cotton, Suzy Menkes OBE, Lady Amanda Harlech, J.W. Anderson & Arizona Muse, Simone Rocha & Tim Walker

Agi Mdumulla & Sam Cotton, Suzy Menkes OBE, Lady Amanda Harlech, J.W. Anderson & Arizona Muse, Simone Rocha & Tim Walker

The prestigious Womenswear Designer of the Year accolade was awarded to Christopher Kane. The award, which is given to a designer who has been instrumental in enhancing women’s fashion, recognises a triumphant year for the London-based brand. Christopher Kane has developed a reputation as one of the most talented and innovative British designers. Securing a partnership deal with the Kering Group followed by another two internationally acclaimed ready-to-wear collections at London Fashion Week have established Christopher Kane as a leading global star.

The honour of Outstanding Achievement in Fashion was awarded to Terry and Tricia Jones by collaborator, colleague and family friend, Dylan Jones OBE. This special award is one of the most significant of the evening; it celebrates and recognises the iconic couple’s tremendous contribution to the fashion industry. i-D Magazine, founded by Terry and Tricia in 1980, became the leading source of creative inspiration for it’s generation. 30 years on, it continues to impact the fashion industry on an international scale.

To recognise the ever-increasing globalisation of the fashion industry, the International Designer of the Year award was introduced this year to celebrate an influential international designer making waves on the global fashion scene. The inaugural award was won by Miuccia Prada for Prada. Miuccia Prada, who has been named in Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century, is renowned for her season defining collections that consistently set the agenda of the fashion industry.

British brand Burberry enjoyed a double celebration on the evening, winning both the Designer Brand of the Year and the Menswear Designer of the Year award, which was given to Christopher Bailey for Burberry. In June 2013, Burberry presented their first menswear collection in London after more than 10 years of showing in Milan. Following Bailey’s Hockney and Bennett inspired SS14 collection at London Collections: Men, the Burberry Prorsum menswear collection is now established as an unmissable fixture on the London show schedule.

Lady Amanda Harlech received the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator in recognition of her creative inspiration and influence in the fashion industry. Lady Harlech has had an unprecedented impact in defining the mood of global fashion through her career spanning three decades, working alongside creative visionaries including John Galliano and Karl Lagerfeld.

Nicholas Kirkwood was named Accessory Designer of the Year marking the third time the designer has been honoured with the award. Kirkwood’s impressive international business won the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund award this year, followed by the opening of a flagship store in Las Vegas and the launch of both a pre-collection and menswear line. Kirkwood’s iconic footwear recently gained investment from luxury goods group LVMH and is stocked internationally by over 150 retailers.

London is renowned as the fashion world’s capital of ideas and innovation and the winners of the emerging talent awards reinforce this reputation. Simone Rocha was named Emerging Womenswear Designer and is fast becoming one of the hottest tickets at London Fashion Week; Design duo Agi & Sam received the Emerging Menswear Designer award, following a breakthrough year which saw their first standalone catwalk show at London Collections: Men; and Sophia Webster collected the Emerging Accessory Designer award in recognition of her footwear label’s impressive ascent to a flourishing designer business.

J.W. Anderson has risen to the forefront of the international spotlight this year and was named the New Establishment Designer for 2013. This award celebrates London’s unique talents as they transition from emerging talent to brand whilst taking the industry by storm. J.W. Anderson’s uncompromising vision for originality has gained him traction with a global audience. This award commends Anderson’s increasing stature on the international stage and ability to define the future of the fashion industry.

British model Edie Campbell was crowned Model of the Year. The past 12 months have seen Edie star in multiple international campaigns for brands including Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs and Lanvin, in addition to numerous editorial shoots and landing her first British Vogue cover. Dominating the SS14 catwalks, Edie walked the runway in New York, London and Paris, opening shows for Burberry, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton.

Erdem was the recipient of this year’s Red Carpet Award. Renowned for collections that portray femininity and modern elegance, Erdem’s fanbase comprises industry figures and celebrities alike. The Duchess of Cambridge, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samantha Cameron and Keira Knightly have all graced the red carpet in his creations, creating a global phenomenon of his designs in the media.

Decided entirely by public vote, the British Style Award brought to you by Vodafone was awarded to Harry Styles. The British Style Award recognises an individual who most embodies the spirit of London and is an international ambassador for London as a leading creative fashion capital. The pop star icon was presented the accolade by three-time British Style Award winner, Alexa Chung.

In addition to the award category winners announced on the night, Special Recognition Awards celebrated two individuals who have shaped the fashion industry over the past 25 years: Suzy Menkes OBE was honoured with the award in recognition of her 25-year career at the International New York Times, formerly the IHT; British supermodel and icon Kate Moss was acknowledged for her 25-year long career and continued influence on the fashion industry as the fashion icon of her generation.

This year, the BFC approached over 300 members of the fashion industry to vote for the winners of this year’s accolades. The panel included world leading industry insiders including journalists, buyers, influencers and opinion formers including Anna Wintour OBE, Laura Bailey, Glenda Bailey OBE, Alex Bilmes, Tim Blanks, Joan Burstein CBE, Alison Edmond, Edward Enninful, Poppy Delevingne, Dylan Jones OBE, Lulu Kennedy MBE, Jefferson Hack, Suzy Menkes OBE, Natalie Massenet MBE, Alexandra Shulman OBE, Justine Picardie and Lorraine Candy.

The BFC would like to thank this year’s British Fashion Awards Presenting Sponsors Canon, M.A.C, TONI&GUY, Vodafone and Westfield and our Sponsors American Express, Hello!, Marks & Spencer, Mercedes Benz, Patron and Warsteiner.

From a Lady Sybilia point of view:

With the honour of Outstanding Achievement in Fashion awarded to Terry and Tricia Jones founders of  i-D Magazine,as a leading venture of showcasing creativity and style,its pretty well obvious which aesthetics is fashion industry heading to.And are not mine.Plus i wonder which were Mrs Suzy Menkes’ opinion on that particular honour.The rest in the following post,analyzing honours,trends,the CFDA role in fashion industry etc.Stay tuned today.

Antonio Berardi & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Antonio Berardi & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Antonio Berardi

Antonio Berardi

Arizona Muse

Arizona Muse

David Koma

David Koma

Erdem Moralioglu & Laura Bailey

Erdem Moralioglu & Laura Bailey

Lulu Guinness OBE

Lulu Guinness OBE

Miuccia Prada

Miuccia Prada

Natalie Massenet MBE & Christopher Bailey MBE

Natalie Massenet MBE & Christopher Bailey MBE

Rita Ora & Donatella Versace

Rita Ora & Donatella Versace

Yasmin Le Bon

Yasmin Le Bon

Award Winners 2013

Boutique Colette brings us an exquisite collection of festive dresses-plus Anthony Vaccarello exclusive!

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Boutique Colette has the ultimate solution for the perfect party dress in her exclusive designers’ collection of fabulous festive dresses for every taste. We are talking about a  selection of stand-out dresses that include: poetic volume at Mary Katrantzou, glamorous from Stella McCartney and Alaïa, trompe-l’oeil print at Thom Browne, covered in sequins at Ashish, lace and feathers at Carven, Erdem and Christopher Kane, red from Anthony Vaccarello (exclusive). Now,which one is more..you?

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Erdem

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Mary Katrantzou

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Anthony Vaccarello (exclusive)

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Alaia

Christopher Kane SS RTW 2013 Fashion ”Photo-synthesis”

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First was the mirrored catwalk.Raised expectations as what we were about to see.Personally i consider Christopher Kane a great talent even though perhaps too ”fond of the use of science in the process of designing and adornment.See,i’m more old school.The SS-RTW 2013 collection he presented though was so to say,unexpectedly good.

The main theme of the collection was indeed ”flower power” yet performed in such a genius way by returning to the roots of the idea,the petals and the color amalgama of flowers in nature.Mr Kane himself stated that science and the way motifs such as photosynthesis (oxygen-out-carbon-dioxide-in process) and the imprint of flower leaves was his main influence,and god he did it well!.Yet a main idea was also ”reproduction” such as the mittor-like effects of graphic designs on items in tune with the ”reproductive” effect of the mirrored catwalk.”Sterilized petals”,crocodile clips on clothes as if deconstructing them,a blast of colors in dresses.In his words: ””We live because of flowers and trees.They produce oxygen. But we take them for granted.”Great pleating in skirts,strategic cuts and sterilized petals as a piece of adornment were the basis of this collection,perhaps his most successful one. I don’t know how the clothes will appear once in shop windows,but inside the multimirrored building they were bringing a breath of fresh air. You’ve won me back Mr Kane.

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BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund-who will win it?is this the right way to go?

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The prestigious BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund is about to reveal the lucky (and talented) one that will scoop it.The designers that have been nominated for it are all young yet with a personal vision that stands out,starting from  Roksanda Ilincic (already a celebrity favorite), Mary Katrantzou,Nicholas Kirkwood,Peter Pilotto and Emilia Wickstead. Gusessing’s not an easy task i reckon!

Roksana Illincic stated in a ”Vogue” inteview that “It’s such a prestigious and honourable thing to get for me and my team it would add an extra boost of energy and excitement,”

We have an incredibly strong shortlist of contenders for the fund,” said Vogue editor and chairman of the Fashion Fund committee Alexandra Shulman.””It is wonderful to see the impressive talent coming out of London that has reached a stage in their business where they can qualify for the prize.”

“The high standard of applications and presentations demonstrates the growing number of both highly creative and professional fashion businesses that we have here in London and the great potential for growth in this sector,” said BFC CEO Caroline Rush.

And when they say high standards they mean it as previous winners were Christopher Kane and Erdem. The cash prize that offers the winner (£200,000) is a valuable help in establish her/his own brand or opening a flagship store.Still there’s concern on how can be nominated for the prize names that already have a  past in the fashion industry aka established names and not less known yet much talented designers. My opinion is that there is much talent out there to encourage names such as Ilincinc,whose dresses feature on the red-carpet on a regular basis or Christopher Kane,with all those ventures he’s part of.Time will show.

Emilia Wickstead spring/summer 2013

Emilia Wickstead spring/summer 2013

Mary Katrantzou spring/summer 2013

Mary Katrantzou spring/summer 2013

Nicholas Kirkwood spring/summer 2013

Nicholas Kirkwood spring/summer 2013

Peter Pilotto spring/summer 2013

Peter Pilotto spring/summer 2013

Roksanda Ilincic spring/summer 2013

Roksanda Ilincic spring/summer 2013

The Balenciaga saga:Will Christopher Kane join the House?Has he already?

There are a lot of rumours circulating, originated by the House of Balenciaga plus main fashion media regarding C.Kane-”Will he,will he not become the successor of Nicolas Ghesquière,etc.. Latest infos indicate that it all started after a  story published by French newsweekly Le Nouvel Observateur  confirming that Kane had joined Balenciaga. WWD reported today that none of those speculations had any basis in truth. A spokesperson for Kane said, “Rumors surrounding Christopher Kane’s appointment as creative director of Balenciaga are unfounded.”

Still,as much as i admire Kane’s sense for pattern cutting and design,i dont find his work close to any ”new vision” Balenciage could embark on, yet still maintain the chic sensuality inherited by Cristobal Balenciaga itself.On the other hand,time is coming short for the House,as they are working ”on a list of potential names”.We’ll see.Personal comment:Bring Galliano back and you’ll find me to care so much less about such news.

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C.Kane wins ”Fashion Designer of the Year” Award in SFA 2012!

In an glamorous ceremony (11th June 2012),the Scottish Fashion Awards aka the country’s most important fashion event took place(in association with InStyle and held at the impressive Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow) and was no short of glam or celebrity presences such as host Alexa Chung,and others.

Multi-talented Christopher Kane won the ” Scottish Fashion Designer of the Year Award”, commenting as he was accepting it: ‘‘I am extremely proud and grateful to receive my award. I think that Scotland has such a wealth of great fashion talent from design through to production and the heritage is something that we should all be proud of.”

Mr Kane has shown a unique ability in creating wearable yet innovative pattern cuts and also in experiment with different material,always with quality results so him winning wasn’t much of a surprise.His shows are always of the most sought of events during fashion week and never fail to amaze you as i have also personally experienced.

Still,there is another person to keep an eye on,nominated and winning ”Scottish Young Designer of the Year”-Hayley Scanlan. I must admit i wasn’t familiar with her work and got caught quite by surprise coming across inspired designs, bright colors and rock-yet-chic attitude in a very modern concept line.I’ll carry this name to mind.

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