The ceremony for the 2011 British Fashion Awards took place on Monday evening in London, hosted by George Lamb and Lauren Laverne, and saw a blue red carpet overrun with top industry leaders, designers, retailers, models and celebrities of the moment such as BFC Ambassador Samantha Cameron, Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, Kate Hudson, Colin Firth, Olivia Palermo, Josephine de la Baume, Marc Jacobs, Lady Amanda Harlech and Alexa Chung.
The BFC named none other than Sarah Burton as this year’s esteemed ‘Designer of the Year‘ for her creative direction at Alexander McQueen, which not only allowed the legacy to live on but added an ingenious twist to the collection which has outshone its rivals both on and off the catwalk.
Other winners include Christopher Kane, who was presented by the BFC with the ‘New Establishment Award‘ for his visionary designs which have received continuing global recognition from top industry leaders; Sam Gainsbury of Gainsbury and Whiting received the ‘Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator’ after a successful year of production and creation for her record breaking ‘Savage Beauty’ exhibition which has been widely recognised as the most successful fashion exhibition in the world; Stella McCartney was rewarded the ‘Red Carpet‘ award recognising the quantity and quality of her designs worn to such prestigious red carpet events across the course of the year; the ‘Designer Brand‘ award was given to Victoria Beckham who has seen great success across the globe with her own business and fashion label; and the ‘Model‘ award went to the timeless beauty Stella Tennant who has featured in numerous shows, covers, editorials and major campaigns this year with brands such as Zara, Reed Krakoff, Etro, Chanel and Celine.
The Emerging Talent awards truly highlight the innovation and creativity that London is so well renowned for with ‘Emerging Talent – Womenswear’ being awarded to Mary Katranzou for her bold and graphic print collections, ‘‘Emerging Talent – Menswear’ going to Christopher Raeburn, recognising his ethical designs in a brand new category for 2011, whilst the ‘Emerging Talent – Accessories‘ award was given to Tabitha Simmons for her unique footwear brand.
The ‘Accessory Designer of the Year‘ award was then presented to Charlotte Dellal for her footwear label Charlotte Olympia which is inspired by the glamour of the 40s and 50s. The prestigious ‘Menswear Designer‘ award went to Kim Jones, Style Director at Louis Vuitton, and the ‘Outstanding Acheivement in Fashion‘ award was given to the one and only Paul Smith who is seen a s true icon in the industry for his career which has made an inspirational impact on the industry internationally.
The ‘British Style’ award is determined soley by public vote, recognising an individual who embodies the London spirit and acts as an ambassador for this creative fashion capital, and for the second consecutive year this award went to international style icon Alexa Chung.
Red Carpet Images Credit: Charlie Wheeler
Winners Images Credit: Billa Baldwin
Highlights Images Credit: Rob Harper