Valentino and Alexa Chung
What do you do when actress Gemma Arterton presents Jonathan Saunders’ award with the ceremonious comment that his menswear had received “great clitoral acclaim” or when Princess Beatrice calls Harold Tillman, British Fashion Council’s chief, “Howard” as she hands him the Special Recognition award? Do as the Brits do, keep calm and carry on. In reality, neither of these faux pas’ could detract the limelight from what was a very special celebration of the great and the glorious of British talent.
Stella McCartney was the toast of the night, awarded both Designer of the Year and the Designer Brand of the Year for her beautifully feminine fare. Cara Delevingne’s impish charms stole “Model of the Year,” for dominating pretty much every catwalk show of the season and her Victoria Secrets and Burberry campaign. Other prestiges were awarded to St Martin’s eagle-eyed force of nature, the director of the fashion MA course, Louise Wilson and Roksanda Ilincic won the Red Carpet Award for her modern take on cocktail dressing.
New faces to watch out for are Sophie Hume, winner of the Emerging Talent Award: Accessories for her graphic take on glamour, and J W Anderson – the guy who wooed us into boyish trousers with his chic, androgynous style. And finally, Manolo Blahnik, the high priest of shoe design was awarded the ‘BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion’ for his delicate celestial creations so prized we for one find them almost impossible to take off… Mr Blahnik we salute you!