07/12/2010 § Leave a comment
Tonight at the Savoy Theatre, the British Fashion Awards will take place, recognising the most influential people in fashion this year.
We already know that Alexander McQueen will be posthumously receive the award for Outstanding Achievement, but I want to take a look at the work of the other nominees.
Camilla Skovgaard, Emma Hill for Mulberry and Nicholas Kirkwood all been have been nominated for the Accessory Designer Award, which has previously been won by Philip Treacy and Manolo Blahnik.
Shoe Designers, Skovgaard and Kirkwood are exceptional at what they do. Both showcasing A/W collections featuring the most amazing boots and wedges; they show inventive flair and a passion for creating something unique and beautiful.
Emma Hill became Creative Director of Mulbery in 2008 and has overseen two new bag families as well as the successful launch of the Alexa bag; inspired by TV Presenter, Alexa Chung.
Christopher Bailey for Burberry, E.Tautz, Margaret Howell and Paul Smith have been nominated in Menswear Catagories.
Christopher Bailey is the Chief Creative Director of British fashion label, Burberry. He already has four BFA Designer of the Year Awards since he started at the label and in this year’s S/S Collection he showed my favourite ever item; the men’s cape.
E.Tautz is British treasure to the fashion industry. Founded in 1867 and relaunched in 2009 as a Ready-To-Wear collection, Patrick Grant, the owner of E.Tautz, epitomizes the British gentlemen.
Margaret Howell has found a certain level of success in both mens and womenswear since launching her label in 1972. Her designs are effortlessly British and her S/S 2010 Collection showed a comfortable yet chic line of clothing.
Paul Smith showed his first menswear collection in 1976 and since then has become an icon for British tailoring. Trenchcoats, scarves and of course suits adorned his S/S 2010 collection in shades of charcoal and navy.
This year’s Ready-To-Wear Emerging Talent Award has three strong nominees.
Mary Katrantzou is a Greek-born graduate of Central St Martins. Her S/S 2009 Collection showed influences in Pop Art and Art Deco prints with block colouring and clever use of panels.
Meadham Kirchhoff is the visual creations of Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff. Like Katrantzou, they both studied at Central St Martins and after a brief menswear line they branched out into their current label. Each collection experiments with a different theme from 2009’s S/S denim collection to 2011’s S/S acid doll look.
Dutch designer, Michael van der Ham, is the final nomination in the category. Also a graduate of Central St Martins, van der Ham wowed audiences with his textured designs, made from vintage fabrics, at this year’s London Fashion Week.
Designer of the Year is ultimate award. The nominees for this year’s award are Christopher Kane, Erdem and Phoebe Philo for Céline.
Christopher Kane established his label in 2006, producing bandage dresses in neon colours. That year he was awarded Young Designer of The Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards and launched a capsule collection for Topshop. Since then he has worked with Kylie Minogue on her 2Hearts video, Donatella Versace on her Versus (Versace) Collection and Lancôme, making his own limited edition lipgloss.
Erdem Moralioglu is a Candian former intern of Diane Von Furstenberg. In 2005 he won the Fashion Fringe Award, 2007 won the BFC Enterprise Award and with every collection he evolves his signature print work.
Phoebe Philo began her fashion career as Stella McCartney’s design assistant at Chloé and has been credited as making the label ‘cool’ again. The Paddington bag was created by Chloé under Philo and was the ‘It Bag’ of the time. In 2008 Philo was appointed the creative director of Celiné, producing a basic but beautiful clothing range.