Top The winners of this year’s British Fashion Awards. Above Designer of the Year Stella McCartney and Salma Hayek.
Stella McCartney has been named Designer of the Year the British Fashion Awards 2012, the highest accolade from the British Fashion Council’s annual ceremony, collecting her award from actress Salma Hayek.
It was one of two awards that McCartney collected at the Savoy last night, the other being Designer Brand of the Year.
Gemma Arterton and Nick Grimshaw hosted the event, with guests including BFC Ambassador Samantha Cameron, Harold Tillman, CBE, Valentino, Manolo Blahnik, CBE, Stella McCartney, Sarah Burton, Christopher Kane and Alexa Chung.
Tillman said in a release, ‘The British Fashion Awards are a significant event which represent the culmination of extraordinary talent, creativity and innovation across the whole industry. The ceremony provides the perfect conclusion to what has been an exceptional year for British fashion and we’re very proud to celebrate the achievements of all the nominees here this evening.’
He was honoured with a Special Recognition award for his term as Chairman of the British Fashion Council and for his contribution to the fashion industry. As already announced at Lucire, the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Award was given to Manolo Blahnik, CBE. The award recognizes one designer who has had an impact on the global fashion industry. Blahnik collected his award from Dame Zaha Hadid.
Alexa Chung, once again, took home the British Style Award, sponsored by Vodafone, the third time she has won this honour since its introduction in 2010. The British Style Award is voted on by members of the public. Chung is the only person to win this award.
Prof Louise Wilson, OBE, received the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator. Prof Wilson is the course director of the fashion MA at Central St Martin’s, and her influence is felt with numerous award winners having been trained under her programme over the last 20 years.
The BFC notes that ‚Äė17 names on schedule at London Fashion Week this September alone are her alumni, including Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda Ilincińá, Marios Schwab, Louise Gray, Michael van der Ham and Simone Rocha.’
The Accessory Designer Award went to Nicholas Kirkwood, while the New Establishment award was won by Erdem.
Menswear Designer of the Year went again to Kim Jones, for the second consecutive year, for his work at Louis Vuitton’s ready-to-wear menswear line.
The three emerging talent awards went to J. W. Anderson for ready-to-wear, Sophie Hulme for accessories, and Jonathan Saunders for menswear.
Cara Delevingne, the face of Chanel and a Burberry model since 2010, won the Model award. She is also a Victoria’s Secret model. Roksanda Ilincińá, whose fans include HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, Samantha Cameron and Michelle Obama, won the Red Carpet award.
The British Fashion Awards’ sponsors this year are American Express, Canon, MAC, Toni & Guy and Vodafone, with support from Apartment 58, Hello! and Mercedes-Benz.
Videos will be added as they become available.
Red carpet arrivals
The year in review
Alexa Chung wins British Style Award
Manolo Blahnik, CBE wins the Outstanding Achievement Award, presented by Dame Zaha Hadid
J. W. Anderson wins the Emerging Talent Award in the Ready-to-Wear category, presented by Pixie Geldof
Sophie Hulme wins the Emerging Talent Award in the Accessories category, presented by Marc Newson
Jonathan Saunders wins the Emerging Talent Award in the Menswear category, presented by Ronnie Wood
Roksanda Ilincińá wins the Red Carpet Award presented by Andrea Riseborough
Nicholas Kirkwood wins the Accessory Designer Award, presented by Susie Bick
Stella McCartney wins the Designer Brand Award, presented by Amber Valletta
Prof Louise Wilson, OBE wins the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, presented by Jonathan Saunders
Erdem wins the New Establishment Award, presented by Samantha Cameron
Cara Delevingne wins the Model Award, presented by Ellen von Unwerth
Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton wins the Menswear Award, presented by Lily Cooper
Designer of the Year
Stella McCartney wins the Designer of the Year Award, presented by Salma Hayek
As the British Fashion Awards take place tonight, we’ll bring you coverage as soon as videos and photography become available.
Tonight’s first video, broadcast prior to the presentation of the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Savoy, features celebrities and editors praising the winner, Manolo Blahnik, CBE.
Anna Wintour, Suzy Menkes, Kate Moss, Grace Coddington, Alexandra Shulman, Franca Sozzani, Lady Amanda Harlech, Anjelica Huston, David Bailey, Naomi Campbell, and Michael Roberts call him, among other accolades, ‘energetic’ and ‘deserving’ in the clip below.
Menkes congratulates Blahnik not only on the award but on 40 years in business: it was 40 years ago when Ossie Clark invited Blahnik to design shoes for his collection. The following year, Blahnik set up a boutique in his own name in London.
The video concludes with Bailey jokingly stating, ‘That’s enough, it’s just f***ing high-heel shoes.’
Above Summer Rayne Oakes and Adriana Lima appear in the 2013 Pirelli calendar.
This year’s Pirelli calendar, launching presently in Rio de Janeiro, has a Lucire connection: our Summer Rayne Oakes appears in it.
We’ve been following its launch today as Summer Rayne‚ÄĒbest known for her work in the environment, which is how we first began working on Lucire together many years ago‚ÄĒrubs shoulders with her fellow models Petra Nemcova, Liya Kebede, Kyleigh Kuhn, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem and Elisa Sednaoui, women all known for their charity and social responsibility work.
The surprise that the media had today at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, that we had a heads-up on, is that this isn’t your father’s Pirelli calendar. There’s no nudity, as it was understood that that could compromise the women’s charity efforts and dilute the message.
In addition, Summer Rayne has posted a video (below) on the rise of youth activism and social awareness, which had been part of the Rio launch today. She speaks with Kyleigh Kuhn, noting how the event had been shared with social media.
Shooting the 2013 calendar was photographer Steve McCurry, better known for his famous 1985 National Geographic image, Afghan Girl (left), who joined Summer Rayne and others in Rio today.
Says McCurry, ‘These models are clothed, and each of them has her own charity. They are purposeful and idealistic people. So I wanted to photograph them in a special place, and Rio was perfect for this.’
Pirelli had greater flexibility in the casting this year thanks to McCurry, although the calendar still includes Isabeli Fontana and Adriana Lima (photographed pregnant), and S√īnia Braga, Marisa Monte, Karlie Kloss, and local Brazilian people.
Above Sarah Munn wearing Shika Braddock Couture, photographed by Alan Raga with make-up by Kareen Donaldson and Earth 174.
Sarah Munn, who holds a BA in International Relations and Political Science and has also studied Law at Victoria University, has been selected to represent New Zealand in the World Miss University pageant. Miss Munn heads to Seoul, Korea later today, where she will participate in events relating to international relations and world peace, before the final night of December 11.
Miss Munn, who was born in Wellington and grew up in Tauranga, has a strong record of academic achievement, balanced with an active university life. She has gained the Vic Plus Award at Victoria University this year, having completed the requisite voluntary work during the semester, been class representative nine times, and has actively organized events and extracurricular activities. She also works at the Crown Law Office in Wellington and with Air New Zealand.
Miss Munn says, ‚ÄėI am proud to have been selected to represent New Zealand. I look forward to learning about the other cultures at World Miss University, sharing our country‚Äôs heritage, and discussing with my fellow contestants some of the solutions we would like to see employed for a more stable, global society.‚Äô
Her interests, in international relations and human rights, have featured strongly in her life. It is not her first time representing New Zealand: Miss Munn has already represented her country at the Morioka Chuo International Student Forum on sustainability and leadership in Morioka, Japan. She has also been on a mission trip to Fiji and has travelled to the UK as part of a student programme during her college years.
Miss Munn has also previously been involved with Lifezone Church in Tauranga. Her other interests include the performing arts, travel, snowboarding and wakeboarding. She had held the title of Miss Mt Maunganui 2009 and won the eveningwear segment at Miss Wellington 2010.
Alex Lee, who runs the New Zealand arm of the pageant, says Miss Munn has a solid amount of experience relevant to the pageant and is an ideal candidate.
Miss Munn‚Äôs national costumes have been supplied by Fashion Marketing Ltd., thanks to Lucire fashion editor Sopheak Seng, and Wellington designer Shika Braddock, who also provided one of her evening gowns.
For the international folk craft show during the pageant, Tawa artist Tai Kerekere has gifted Miss Munn his Iden-tiki limited-edition prints, which reflects themes of self-identity as Maori and voting rights for Maori and for women in Aotearoa.
The event, now in its 25th year, is organized by the International Association of University Presidents. Its organizing committee dispatches peace missions to regions such as Kosovo and Rwanda, and its 40‚Äď50 contestants each year have often had ambitions in international politics and diplomacy.
The final, on December 11, will be held at the Sheraton Grand Walkerhill. Supporters can vote for Miss Munn at a voting page, to be announced by the organizers.‚ÄĒJack Yan, Publisher