Last night it was all about the women for the fashion industry's equivalent of the Oscars. The British Fashion Awards took place at The Savoy Hotel in central London and McQueen designer Sarah Burton, Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney picked up the main gongs. Fashion has been a boys' game for so long that lets hope this is the start of more realistic models (I am not holding my breath) and wearable clothes (that at least is happening in designer fashion).
I am disappointed to say though that the largest size I found (for a dress) on McCartney and Beckham's online shops is a size 14 and for Alexander McQueen a size 16 (I only found one - most dresses were a size 12 at biggest). Come on girls, this is just not good enough. It isn't just thin women who have money to spend...
Apropos of nothing but what a coincidence that all three of their logos are white type against a black background...plus the older the brand the bigger the type is.
Image: winners and presenters at the British Fashion Awards 2011. Left to right: Theo Hutchcraft (Hurts) & Christopher Raeburn; Sam Gainsbury & Kate Moss; Mary Katrantzou & Olivia Palermo; David Sims & Stella Tennant; Kristen McMenamy & Tabitha Simmons.
Image: winners and presenters at the British Fashion Awards 2011. Left to right: Stella McCartney & Kate Hudson; Sarah Burton & Samantha Cameron; Marc Jacobs & Victoria Beckham
Emerging talent award – ready to wear: Mary Katrantzou (her designs were my favourite at London Fashion Week)
Emerging talent award – accessories: Tabitha Simmons (quirky shoes)
Emerging talent award – menswear: Christopher Raeburn (proudly British/ethical fashion)
Accessory designer: Charlotte Olympia (fabulous vintage/glamour style luxury shoes inspired by 1940s/1950s)
Menswear designer: Kim Jones (style director of Louis Vuitton)
Designer brand: Victoria Beckham (she beat Burberry and Tom Ford in this category - amazing for a three year old brand)
Model: Stella Tennant (one of our favourite winners as Stella is age 40 - ancient in modelling terms)
BFC outstanding achievement in fashion: Paul Smith (we salute you, forty+ years in the industry and still going strong)
Isabella Blow award for fashion creator: Sam Gainsbury (she curated the McQueen archive for the sell out exhibition Savage Beauty )
Red carpet award: Stella McCartney (nearly every Hollywood actress seemed to wear Stella this year)
Designer of the year: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen (well, she did design 'that Royal dress')
New establishment award: Christopher Kane (for new talent although he has been around a few seasons now)
British style award brought to you by Vodafone: Alexa Chung (the only award voted for by the public)
Our favourite winner of course has to be Accessory Designer of the Year won by Charlotte Olympia who designs her shoes inspired by the 1940s/1950s. Take a look at her website and I will leave you with some of her shoes to drool over.
Love Lovely x