The Savoy, London’s grande dame of a hotel, had a taste of 21st century cool when the British Fashion Awards and iconic Kate Moss, the Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron, and models Katia Elizarova wearing Max Studio and Poppy Delevigne in Matthew Williamson – hit it. It didn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Sarah Burton, the designer at Alexander McQueen, won Designer of the Year. Remember that a half a million visited the ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ exhibition at the Met in New York and about the same number queued to see Kate Middleton’s wedding dress on display at Buckingham Palace. Sam Gainsbury, who created the Met exhibition, won the ‘Isabella Blow award for fashion creator’. Meanwhile one of Issie’s greatest friends, Daphne Guinness, was having creation issues of her own - her contraption of a bizarre Cubist dress (it was made of patent leather hexagons like something from the mind of futurist Buckminster Fuller) was not only excruciatingly uncomfortable but also (and in front of the paparazzi) a bit - ahem – revealing. But even a Worst Dressed award for an Oscar outfit a decade ago didn’t put Kate Hudson off from handing Stella McCartney her ‘Red Carpet’ award: “It was my first and only nomination and to have Stella dress me made me feel like the hippest girl in the world. But I woke up the next morning post-awards without a statuette - and turned on the television to find out I was on every Worst Dressed list.” She phoned Stella and they laughed about it, the designer replying, “It was your hair wasn’t it?” (She had a point.) Meanwhile Victoria Beckham won ‘Designer Brand’ and was presented with her gong by Marc Jacobs: “Without David I wouldn’t have the courage to do what I’m doing,” she said sweetly of her LA Galaxy superstar footie husband who was galaxies away from The Savoy touring Indonesia. Stella Tennant won ‘Model of the Year’ and well-deserved it was! Later that night at the post-ceremony dinner a Christopher Kane-wearing Alexa Chung toyed with her award – it was the ‘British Style’ award – smug in the knowledge that it was hers for a second year running. And the only award decided by public vote.
Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen
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