Above An earlier photograph of Stella McCartney, receiving the British Designer of the Year Award, presented by Salma Hayek.
At the Elle Sverige gala at Stockholm’s Grand Hotel last night, designer Stella McCartney took home the H&M and Elle Conscious Award, given out to those actively working on sustainability and fashion.
Hennes & Mauritz, which is the principal sponsor of the gala, sponsors both the Conscious Award and the newcomer award.
The newcomer award was won by Common Affairs, a Swedish menswear design duo.
âStella McCartney is a modern woman and designer who shows that exclusive fashion, sustainability and responsibility obviously belong together, and are an important part of a sustainable future for our industry,’ says Catarina Midby, fashion and sustainability coordinator at H&M and a member of the jury for the H&M and Elle Conscious Award. ‘There is a consistent collection and lifestyle, and a clearly communicated vision that inspires her most conscious fashionistas with clothes and accessories that are gentle on animals and the environment, with the highest level of fashion.’
The newcomer award has been given out since the first gala in January 1998. This year’s prize is Kr 25,000.
Common Affairs draws on its duo’s experiences at design school in London and working in Paris. ‘Together they create a modern metropolitan collection for men but which girls also like to wear. It is well tailored, simple and minimalist with clear sporting influences, cool and functional at the same time, and Swedish-produced with responsibility for people and the environment,’ says Ann-Sofie Johansson, head of design at H&M and chair of the jury giving out the H&M and Elle newcomer award.
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 â17 names on schedule at London Fashion Week this September alone are her alumni, including Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda IlinciÄ, 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 IlinciÄ, 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 IlinciÄ 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
Bendon has announced that it will open its online store, bendonlingerie.co.nz, on August 13.
It will stock over 1,500 products, featuring brands such as Stella McCartney (at bendonlingerie.co.nz/stellamccartney), Lovable, Elle Macpherson Intimates, Pleasure State, Davenport, and Bendon Man, as well as the core Bendon line.
The company says it aims to have the widest range of intimate apparel and full collections online.
Bendon says it also has a ‘Get Fitted’ tool, which will help ensure buyers get the right fit from their bras, and the ‘Bra Profile’ feature helps consumers decide which ones suit their body shape. Users can filter by size, style, brand and colour, among others. Paypal, credit cards, and free exchanges are among the features, while Bendon will offer electronic gift cards and VIP membership.
Stand-alone ecommerce sites for Elle Macpherson Intimates, Pleasure State and Lovable will follow.
The Vogue Festival 2012, in association with Vertu, was the must-attend celeb event on the London calendar on Friday, held at the Royal Geographic Society.
The event saw Vertu hold a cocktail party and private debate, with a panel discussing whether technology shapes desire, or vice versa. Participants for the debate were Perry Oosting, president of Vertu, fashion illustrator David Downton, Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet, and designer Erdem Moralioglu.
Guests, meanwhile, included British Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman, Stella McCartney, Kate Hudson, Eva Herzigova, Gemma Chan, Nyasha, Erin OâConnor, Edie Campbell, Cara Delevingne, Laura Bailey, Leah Weller, Rachel ZoĂ«, Christopher Kane, Tamsin Egerton and Pixie Geldof.
Event highlights can be seen on Vertu.com and on Vertu handsets via Vertu Select.
âVertu is immensely excited about its involvement with the first-ever Vogue Festival, a unique event which will allow the public to see and hear some of the biggest names in fashion today, as well as engaging with interesting issues and topics around the fashion and luxury industries,’ said Oosting in a release.
Vertu also unveiled its Constellation Candy touch smartphone, aimed at a female audience.
More information on the Vogue Festival is available at www.voguefestival.co.uk.
As reported earlier in Lucire, Pearl Going is attempting to tackle the worldâs seven summits in record time, with the help of Adidas Outdoor and Sony New Zealand.
Currently back in New Zealand for rehab after a rock fall injured her on the Mt Aconcagua ascent, and training before she ventures on her next climb. Whilst back, Going has been testing and gathering up her gear.
Accompanying her has been a Sony Cybershot camera, which has recorded some of the earlier exclusive photographs. And Adidas Outdoor has supplied her with a number of items as she looks forward to climbing Mt Denali, the Carstensz Pyramid and other peaks.
In the shot above, Going is wearing the new Adidas Outdoor Terrex Gore Windstopper active shell jacket. She also has praise for other items in the range: ‘I’m looking forward to tackling Denali in the new Terrex down jacket in this funky green and yellow with these special wrist cuffs to keep it sealed. It is phenomenal and starts retailing in Europe [in] August. I have also fallen in love with Technopile, a textile they’re using for the hooded fleece jackets in this insane redâaqua. I’m loving the arm pocket which is perfect for stashing a GU gel or snack; and the Terrex Gore-Tex active shell with a hood in bright red with pockets further up the breast, which is going to be invaluable on Carstensz Pyramid and Mandala in West Papua next month as I will be in a harness.
âI’m loving the colours this season: they are always very fashion-forward. I find other brands tend to trail a season behind. I’m also wearing a fair bit of the Stella [McCartney] range about to come out, which is absolutely beautiful.’
Her next mountain of the seven, after training on a smaller peak in Thailand, is Carstensz Pyramid in West Papua, after Mt Everest got pushed back to after the monsoon season due to her injury. Mt Denali follows, after which Going tackles the south face of Mt Elbrus.
Going is aware that she has gained a profile as a young female climber, but says that mentally, the challenge she faces is identical to what a male would. However, she says that climbing gear for women has to be different.
Black Diamond and Adidas have realized this, she says. âWith Adidas it’s because they are essentially a sports brand who has already gone through that transition: they make clothes for athletes and they understand the science behind what is needed for men and women to perform individually. âŠ Their willingness to back these women is what is going to make climbing appealing to younger generations âŠ I think sport climbing has so many amazing young women coming through and dominating, [and] I would love to see the same happen in alpine.’
She chose Adidas after hearing that the jackets were the lightest in the world. ‘I got on the phone to Greg from [Adidas] Outdoor in the USA and told him I wanted to be the fastest woman in the world to climb the seven summits âŠ He was just all for a teeny girl like myself smashing a huge record.
âI’ve had amazing support from the Adidas Outdoor guysâMarc in Germany is another one that is fantastic. That’s the thing about a brand like Adidas Outdoor: they not only make gear second to none, but they employ people second to none. As an athlete, it makes all the difference knowing the team who made your jacket were thinking about you rocking out in it 7,000 m up before it even made it to your back.’
Adidas Outdoor is currently running a competition at www.terrex-experience.com, tying in to the campaign previewed earlier in Lucire. First through third prizes feature an experience at the Alpine Center in Zermatt for the winner and a friend, a complete autumnâwinter 2012â13 Terrex outfit, and one exclusive product from its springâsummer 2013 collection.