Judged by the British Fashion Council (BFC) and hosted by Lauren Laverne and George Lamb, the British Fashion Awards 2011 ceremony celebrated the achievements of the British fashion industry throughout the year. A star studded affair, the ceremony was attended by a who’s who of the fashion industry, from industry leaders, designers and retailers, to celebrities and media, there to support the nominees. Those attending included, Kate Moss, BFC ambassador Samantha Cameron and BFC Chairman Harold Tilman, Victoria Beckham, Marc Jacobs, Alexa Chung, Kate Hudson, Henry Holland, Olivia Palermo and Giles Deacon.
So without further ado here is a list of the nominees and triumphant winners of the British Fashion Awards 2011.
EMERGING TALENT AWARD – ACCESSORIES:
The Emerging Talent in Accessories Award recognises a directional designer who is making waves in British fashion in the accessories niche.
Nominees: Jordan Askill, Nasir Mazhar and Tabitha Simmons.
Winner: Tabitha Simmons – The New York-based British designer received recognition for her fledgling footwear brand.
EMERGING TALENT AWARD – READY TO WEAR
The Emerging Talent in Ready To Wear Award celebrates an innovative designer who is emerging as an influential force in womenswear in the British fashion industry.
Nominees: J.W. Anderson, Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto
Winner: Mary Katrantzou – The designer’s bold graphic print collections have been worn by some of the most stylish celebrities around including Alexa Chung and Hailee Steinfeld.
L-R: Sarah Burton, Alexa Chung, Victoria Beckham, Stella Tennant, Stella McCartney and Mary Katrantzou.
EMERGING TALENT AWARD – MENSWEAR
The Emerging Talent in Menswear Award celebrates the innovative designer, taking the British menswear market by storm.
Nominees: Christopher Raeburn, James Long and J.W. Anderson.
Winner: Christopher Raeburn – A brand new category for the 2011 awards, the Royal College of Art graduate was recognised for his pioneering ethical fashions.
The designer brand award honours the leading British luxury brand that has excelled on the international stage over the past year.
Nominees: Burberry, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford and Victoria Beckham.
Winner: Victoria Beckham – She is her own biggest customer, which has helped the Victoria Beckham brand gain many loyal followers across the globe. In 2011 Victoria’s business strategy has focused on growth, with each new collection receiving high media praise, which translated to high sales.
Charlotte ‘Olympia and Christopher Raeburn
The Model award recognises the British model that has been the biggest influence on the international fashion scene throughout 2011.
Nominees: Georgia Jagger, Kristen McMenamy, and Stella Tennant.
Winner: Stella Tennant – The Scottish-born model has featured in numerous shows, covers, editorials and campaigns throughout 2011, including Zara, Chanel, Reed Krakoff, Etro and Celine.
The Accessories Designer award celebrates the Britsh shoe, jewellery, millinary or accessories designer of the previous year.
Nominees: Charlotte Olympia, Emma Hill for Mulberry and Katie Hillier.
Winner: Charlotte Olympia – The hotly contested award was picked up by Charlotte Dellal for her 1940’s and 1950’s inspired footwear label.
The Menswear Designer award honours the leading British designer of ready-to-wear and bespoke tailoring menswear that has enhanced men’s fashion over 2011.
Nominees: Kim Jones, Margaret Howell and Oliver Spencer.
Winner: Kim Jones – The designer’s career has gone from strength to strength since becoming the Style Director at Louis Vuitton earlier this year.
Henry Holland and Tabitha Simmons
ISABELLA BLOW AWARD FOR FASHION CREATOR
The Isabella Blow award recognises a British stylist, make-up artist, art director, photographer or producer, whose creativity has been a major inspiration in 2011.
Nominees: Guido Palau, Katie Grand and Sam Gainsbury
Winner: Sam Gainsbury – In 2011, Sam Gainsbury of Gainsbury and Whiting, created the ‘Savage Beauty’ exhibition – a retrospective of the iconic works of Alexander McQueen. The exhibition broke records around the globe and is widely recognised as the most successful fashion exhibition in the world.
RED CARPET AWARD
The Red Carpet award goes to the British designer who best generated global awareness of their designs and brand in the media.
Nominees: Antonio Berardi, Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham
Winner: Stella McCartney – a big favourite of the world’s most stylish celebrities and seen on red carpets throughout the globe, it was unsurprising that Stella McCartney walked away with this award.
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
The Designer of the Year award is the ultimate accolade from the British Fashion Council honours the leading British designer of couture, ready-to-wear, knitwear or accessories, who has changed the face of fashion in 2011, both in the UK and internationally.
Nominees: Christopher Kane, Erdem and Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
Winner: Sarah Burton – Following the tragic death of Lee McQueen the future of British fashion institution, Alexander McQueen was uncertain. Yet with Sarah Burton, McQueen’s former protégé, taking the reigns as Creative Director has allowed McQueen’s legacy to live on, while still giving her own innovative twists, outshining all rivals on the catwalks.
Giles Deacon and Christopher Kane
NEW ESTABLISHMENT AWARD
An award new to the British Fashion Awards for 2011, the New Establishment Award honours a particular movement that is making waves in the British fashion industry. The inaugural winner in Christopher Kane, whose innovative designs have become must-haves for all fashion collectors and continue to influence global trends.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FASHION
The Outstanding Achievement in Fashion award recognises the British designer that throughout their career has made an international impact on the fashion industry. The award went to Sir Paul Smith, a true icon of the British fashion industry.
Decided entirely by the public vote, the British Style award, recognises an individual of embodies the spirit of London. The award went to presenter, Alexa Chung for the second year running, beating off stiff competition from future Queen Kate Middleton.