Yep, it’s the British Fashion Awards tonight, at the newly refurbished Savoy Theatre on London’s Strand. The fash pack will be turning out to partake in mutual adoration, oh how I wish I could go! Instead, I’m bathed in the warmth and sunlight of a gulf winter…jealous much?! 😉
The nominees for this years’ awards were published way back in early September, and we already know that McQueen will be receiving a posthumous honour for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design.
So, whilst there’s still a chance, let’s place some bets on the outcome of tonight’s event:
The leading British designer of shoes, jewellery, millinery or accessories within the past year.
Nominees are: Camilla Skovgaard, Emma Hill for Mulberry, and Nicholas Kirkwood (see below).
Before becomming an award-winning shoe designer, Camilla spent 7 years as a clothing designer for Dubai’s high society. However, the local customers in the UAE meant that none of her designs ever saw the light of day (well, not in public anyway, maybe at women-only sections of local weddings etc…) – frustrating for someone so aesthically passionate.
Thus she left the UAE and headed to London’s Cordwainer College to study shoe design/construction in 2000. Before she even graduated she started winning awards, but didn’t let that put her off her studies, continuing with a further 3 years at the Royal College of Art to perfect her skills.
In 2006, she launched her first collection with Saks Fifth Avenue snapping it up from the outset and Matthew Williamson asking her to design shoes for his label.
According to the Times, Skovgaard’s shoes are for the intelligent fashionista (yes, that’s you and me, darling!). She’s a firm favourite among celebrities, such as Halle Berry, and at the age of 37, has over 110 points of sale worldwide. Not bad eh?!
Emma Hill for Mulberry
Born in London, she spent the last 13 years in New York designing accessories for Calvin Klein, Gap and Marc Jacobs. Now Creative Director at Mulberry.
Down-to-earth 39-year-old mother of a two-year-old boy, not too caught up in the fancies and fantasies of the fashion world. Knows style, knows how to make it accessible and exclusive (clever).
Responsible for Mulberry’s cult “Bayswater” bag:
See my below post on him for more details of his rise to shoe fame.
Who’s your money on?
EMERGING TALENT – READY TO WEAR
An innovative and directional designer who is emerging as an influential force in British fashion in the Ready-to-Wear category.
Nominees are: Mary Katrantzou, Meadham Kirchoff, and Michael van der Ham.
A native of Athens, Mary came to London to take her BA and MA at Centra St Martins before freelancing in the London fashion world.
Known for her rich, graphic prints, and having wowed the crowd with her first show in New Gen S/S09, Mary seems set to impress.
A British/French design duo (Edward Meadham, British. Benjamin Kirchoff, French). Both studied at Central St Martins.
Creative, painful, political, anti-social, gothic…
Michael van der Ham
Might he hail from The Netherlands?!
Now where do you think Michael studied…? No, really? But how did you guess? Yes, sure, Central St Martins (let’s face it, their grad show gets the most attention, makes sense).
Worked at Alexander McQueen before launching his own line, which is widely acknowledged to be influenced by Rodarte:
Who do you feel the love for tonight?
Of course, there are many other categories, not least Designer of the Year, but haven’t got all day….!
So here’s a summary:
Model of the year: David Gandy, Lara Stone, Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley:
My money is on
Designer Brand: Mulberry, Pringle, Victoria Beckham (argh!!)
I don’t think VB will get it, I think they will make her sweat at least another year before giving her this recognition…well, I hope they do! I’m so mean!
So, I am going to bet Mulberry.
And for the biggy!
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Nominees are: Erdem, Christopher Kane and Phoebe Philo for Celine.
After seeing Kate Bosworth in Erdem last week, I am got a growing thing for him. Christopher Kane just doesn’t do it for me. Phoebe Philo, so cool, if there is a god, she will win!
I am betting Nicholas Kirkwood gets accessories designer of the year, he’s got a lot of editorial lately…
And I would like to see Mary K beat the boys in the emerging talent category.
I’ll report back tomorrow!