The fashion elite were out in force at last night’s British Fashion Awards at the Savoy Hotel. Attended by a glittering crowd which included Alexa Chung, Valentino and BFC Ambassador Samantha Cameron, the ceremony presented by Gemma Arterton and Nick Grimshaw, fourteen awards were handed to the year’s fashion industry stars.
Following her services to Team GB for the 2012 Olympics, Stella McCartney was awarded Designer of the Year and the Designer Brand award on behalf of her label.
Other awards included:
The honour of Outstanding Achievement in Fashion - Manolo Blahnik CBE.
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator - Professor Louise Wilson OBE
The Accessory Designer award - Nicholas Kirkwood
The New Establishment award - Erdem
Menswear Designer of the year - Kim Jones
Harold Tillman, the outgoing Chairman of the British Fashion Council, received the Special Recognition award after five years service.
Billowing corals, crisp white tailoring and dream-like prints were the order of the day at Gucci’s Spring 2013 ready to wear show at Milan’s fashion week.
Frida Gianni’s fresh sherbet colour palette was playful yet the show featured a variety of shapes for each Gucci woman. From the high necked and elegant cascading silks, to the structured, belted blouses in mustards, magentas intertwined with snake effect prints and embellished jewelled necklines - the collection was the ultimate aesthetical treat; and just as the models paraded out in blocks of colour which ended on a monochrome tone and as the cleverly crafted silhouette seventies sashayed off the runway, we felt that summer wasn’t quite yet over.
Shaghai born Ji Cheng transported the audience to the East for her AW12 show held at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout London Fashion Week location. Fluid holographic fabrics were an unexpected yet welcome contrast when layered against heavy scarlet red knits and the minimalist yet structured shapes conjured up images of 19th century China in the traditional red, black and neutral colour palette, cinched belted waists and bell sleeved kimonos.
The carefully constructed looks demonstrated Cheng’s well honed skills in draping, particularly evident on a red and black colour blocked halter neck gown which tumbled into a sumptuous fishtail of red silk. A stunning white version was offset with a holographic shortened kimono which gave the collection a 2012 twist.
Written by: Alexandra Richards Photographer: Christopher Dadey