>> "Black Tie & British" was the appropriate dresscode indicated on the invitation for British Fashion Awards 2013, which took place last night at the Coliseum in London. Not that I needed the instruction on the invite. It doesn't take much encouragement for me to go for British (I went for S/S 14 gold Meadham Kirchhoff and resort 2014 Christopher Kane if you're wondering) seeing as my wardrobe is mostly made up of sample sale buys and personal orders from pretty much most of the people that picked up accolades last night. In fact, I don't think there were any conentiously named winners on the night, which I vehemently disagreed with. Everyone was a worthy winner and like a sad proud parent, I video-ed most of them picking up their gongs with highlights including Agi & Sam's hilarious "Is this a sick joke?" acceptance speech for Emerging Menswear Award, Simone Rocha looking awesome in her bubblegum pink ensemble as she picked up her Emerging Womenswear Award and Christopher Kane FINALLY picking up Womenswear Designer of the Year and making a cheeky joke about it on stage. The list of "Yays!" went on with J.W. Anderson nabbing New Establishment Designer (this is a category that needs to be split into womens and menswear me thinks), Sophia Webster and Nicholas Kirkwood dominating the shoe front with their Emerging Accessory Designer and Accessory Designer of the Year wins. Put them altogether in my scrambled brain and you get quite a funny composite image that makes me all warm, proud and a proper fashion patriot.
I was curiously nominated in a big pot of slebs for the British Style Award (aka the Alexa Chung award as she has notoriously won it for the last three years) alongside the likes of Tinie Tempah, M.I.A. and Cara Delevigne. Of course Harry Styles and his 1D Mob won it (it was chosen by public vote) but if for some insane reason, I had overturn the odds, then I would have had to thank British designers for their contribution to my style, their inspirational output and the many times their clothes always result in my explaining to some random person on the street about how brilliant British fashion is. No sentimental mush here, just the plain honest truth.
With a slicker and classier venue, heaps better food and a general elevated atmosphere, it was also the perfect occasion to honour Suzy Menkes with a Special Recognition Award, Miuccia Prada (I had to stop myself from yelping "I love you Miuccia!" when she walked past our table") for International Designer of the Year and Terry and Tricia Jones for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion. Terry and Trish got a fitting tribute with a sweet video documenting i-D's history and famed collaborators. These honourees gave weight and gravitas to an event that has in the past felt like an excuse just to have a boozy X'Mas party for the fash crowd. With the ongoing upward momentum of London Fashion Week and Natalie Massenet's contribution as chairman of the British Fashion Council, the British Fashion Awards was an excellent opportunity to give a giant pat on our collective backs.
J.W. Anderson hat, Simone Rocha mirror leather jacket and clutch, Agi & Sam for Harvey Nichols shirt, Christopher Kane pink organza jacket and clutch, J.W. Anderson ruffle shorts, Sophia Webster x Revlon shoes, Nicholas Kirkwood for Pollini shoes