British Fashion Awards 2012
On Tuesday night, I couldn’t quite believe my luck when I attended the British Fashion Awards 2012 along with Amanda of The Online Stylist and Helen of The It Guide at The Savoy Hotel in London. Hosted by Gemma Arterton and Nick Grimshaw, the ceremony saw the best of the British and international fashion industries joined by a glamorous line-up of guests and presenters, including BFC Ambassador Samantha Cameron, Valentino, Manolo Blahnik CBE, Stella McCartney, Sarah Burton, Zaha Hadid DBE, Christopher Kane and Alexa Chung.
After having our hair beautifully styled at FOUR London, we checked into our apartment at No. 5 Maddox Street, the perfect location for an overnight stay in London, where my sister, Laura of Eat Breathe Sleep Beauty, was ready to make us beautiful. With military precision, she managed to turn all three of us into glamourous alter egos in no time at all, before we made our way over to The Savoy for a champagne reception before the ceremony was due to begin.
After being seated, the show began with the presentation of The ‘British Style Award brought to you by Vodafone‘, which recognises an individual who most embodies the spirit of London and is an international ambassador for London as a leading creative fashion capital. And just like that, Mr Valentino walked on stage, as cool as a cucumber to present the award to Alexa Chung, which is decided entirely by the public. This is the third time the Chungster been recognised at the British Fashion Awards for her style credentials, and she remains the sole winner of the British Style Award since its introduction in 2010. What a way to start off. It was like an outer-body experience and I still feel like it never happened. We then saw The honour of Outstanding Achievement in Fashion being awarded to Manolo Blahnik CBE, with some lovely footage of his sartorial admirers congratulating him, including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and David Bailey (and who knew Manolo Blahnik calls Kate Moss ‘Little Chicken’?)
Harold Tillman was honoured with a Special Recognition award for his term as Chairman of the British Fashion Council and contribution to the fashion industry, which ends shortly, with Natalie Massenet (founder of Net-A-Porter) to take the next term. Professor Louise Wilson OBE received the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, in recognition of her creative inspiration and influence in the fashion industry , this year’s Accessories award went to Nicholas Kirkwood, in view of his iconic shoe designs and internationally acclaimed business, and Cara Delevingne picked up the Model award, in recognition of her contribution to the international fashion scene over the past year. With 14 awards in total, two went to Stella McCartney for esteemed Designer of the Year award and Designer Brand award on behalf of her eponymous label, recognising a momentous Olympic year for the designer in 2012.
I wore a beautiful Issa London Dress from the very lovely Julia and Justin at Stanwells. My earrings were a birthday gift are were from Accessorize, the shoes are from Reiss and the clutch bag is by House of Harlow. I also wore a cream faux-fur coat from Romwe.
To read more about the awards presented, visit the British Fashion Council’s British Fashion Awards site here and if you’d like to see Helen’s video of highlights of our night, click here – its worth a little peek!
Thank you to to my supportive husband, to Stanwells, to Emslie Creative, to FOUR London, to Laura, to Living Rooms UK, to the British Fashion Council and to Amanda and Helen for being the perfect team and for a night I’ll never forget!
P.S I have no images of the ceremony because we were asked not to take any, which is a shame but I had to respect their wishes!
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