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Celebs at the British Fashion Awards
“British designers are very good at drawing outside the lines,” declared Kate Bosworth, herself representing London style in her fluttering, ice blue tiered Erdem dress.
The best of British fashion leaders, including Kate Moss, Christopher Bailey, and Alexa Chung (in embroidered linen Erdem), gathered at this year’s British Fashion Awards at London’s Coliseum, and were joined by an illustrious mix of international designers including Karl Lagerfeld (recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award presented by friend Anna Wintour), Gucci’s floral-clad Alessandro Michele (named International Designer in just less than a year), Joseph Altuzarra, and Olivier Rousteing. “To be honored by London is special, as it’s a city dedicated to looking forward,” said Lagerfeld.
Peroxide blondes certainly seemed to be having a good share of the fun, with Lucky Blue Smith and Lady Gaga presenting awards to Tom Ford and Nick Knight, respectively. Dazzling in sequins, Gwendoline Christie took the British Style Award, and gave a shout-out to “the man who really deserves this award, for dressing me when no one else would: Mr. Giles Deacon,” who is also her partner. Jonathan Anderson made award history by being the first designer to take both Menswear and Womenswear Designer of the Year.
This seems to be the moment that fashion is the most innovative and digitally focused. Olivier Rousteing took a selfie onstage, and the pioneering talent of SHOWstudio’s Nick Knight was celebrated with a standing ovation—though it was an old-school appearance from Absolutely Fabulous’s Eddy Monsoon and Patsy Stone that brought the house down.
The after-party at the St Martins Lane Hotel saw designers dancing with their lofty crystal block awards in hand—a great workout after the feast at dinner. Host Jack Whitehall joked that the Chiltern Firehouse hotel must think there had been a literal fire, as all of its glamorous clientele had decamped for the event. But the Chiltern was full once again post-after-party, as guests descended upon its doors for a final nightcap in front of the roaring fires.
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