WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2012

WGSN Global Fashion Awards

Last week I did an outfit post featuring the FAB-U-LOUS Nanette Lepore cocktail dress I wore to the WGSN Global Fashion Awards and now it’s time for the juicy details from the evening itself! This year I’ve been lucky enough to attend the Elle Style Awards and Scottish Fashion Awards, two super glam events that left me longing for more of the same. Well, like I said the other day, ceremonies don’t come all that much swisher than those held by the world’s leading fashion forecaster, especially when you throw stylish celebs, industry insiders and The Savoy ballroom into the mix.

Along with a small handful of other bloggers, I was invited to meet, greet and interview the nominees and presenters as they arrived. Evidently we’d all been rather preoccupied by planning our outfits for the evening and none of us had prepared any questions or, on one or two uncomfortable occasions, actually knew who a couple of the nominees were. Somehow we managed to wing it with impromptu asks which ranging from intelligent enquiries about brands, individuals and the fashion industry to the rather more  banal but strangely irresistable “are you excited to be nominated for an award?” Among those we *ahem* grilled were designers Charlotte (Olympia) Dellal, Eudon Choi and Lara Bohinc plus Queen of Jeans, Donna Ida, super stylist Rebekah Roy and musician Mr Hudson who’s snazzy ensemble was, it transpired, an eclectic mix of Hardy Amies and Primark. Finally Cat Deeley, who was hosting the ceremony, arrived off the red carpet looking sickeningly tanned, gorgeous and glossy in a spectacular feather skirted, floor-sweeping number.

WGSN Global Fashion Awards

WGSN Global Fashion Awards

WGSN Global Fashion Awards

WGSN Global Fashion Awards

We didn’t have long to gawp at the gorgeous gowns on show as soon it was time to sit down for dinner… And what a dinner it was! My fellow bloggers and I were treated to a mouth wateringly delicious feast in The Savoy’s magnificent Thames Restaurant. We had been sent the menu a few days in advance and, as I truly terrible cook myself, had been looking forward to the Cornish crab extravaganza I’d chosen all weekend. Between fashion weeks, press days and parties, us London bloggers see a lot of  each other but we never get much of a chance to properly hang out because of everyone’s manic schedules so spending a good couple of hours chatting over fine wine and even finer food was utterly lovely.

WGSN Global Fashion Awards

WGSN Global Fashion Awards

WGSN Global Fashion Awards

Two courses, multiple twitpics and God-knows-how many bottles of Pinot later it was time for the ceremony itself so we headed back downstairs for the moment we’d all been waiting for. Given that the awards took place this time last week, you may well already know who won what. But just in case you need a reminder, here they are again below…

Emerging Designer: Emma Yeo
Lycra Future Designers Award: Shireeka Devlin
Footwear & Accessories Designer: Charlotte Olympia
Catrice Womenswear Designer: Victoria Beckham
Menswear Designer: Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton
Denim Design Team: Levi’s Commuter Series
Intimates/Swim Design Team: Seafolly
Sports/Activewear Design Team: Adidas
Buying Team: Merci
Footwear & Accessories Design Team: The Cambridge Satchel Company
Womenswear Design Team: Topshop
Menswear Design Team: Hackett
Treckstock Kidswear Design Team Award: Macarons
GFK Best Multichannel Retailer Award: Aurora Fashions
Best New Store/Refit: Altar, Shanghai
Best E-Store: Mr Porter
Best Store: El Palacio de Hierro, Mexico

I had planned on live tweeting the entire thing but got distracted by the fabulous frocks and faces on show so that idea went straight out of the window! Cat opened the awards by urging winners to keep speeches to a minimum so we’d all have more time “for champagne” afterwards. This was clearly a sentiment shared by everyone and in under an hour the ceremony was over and it was time for the after-party. Despite it being a Monday night, virtually everyone at the awards headed upstairs to continue the celebration. In between trying to pursuade the barmen to make me a Cosmopolitan (they wouldn’t) I caught up with my fave fashion friends who were all, conveniently, in attendance. The champagne was flowing and the music suitably pop-tastic and it wasn’t long before Forward PR Founder, Courtney Blackman dragged us out onto the dancefloor. Several over-excited hours later I decided (with some difficulty) to call it a night and swapped the sumptuous surroundings of The Savoy for the distinctly less glamourous tube journey home.

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Petit Bateau x Carven

Carven X Petite Bateau

Yep, it’s true, the most adorable collaboration imaginable has really and truly happened! Petit Bateau x Carven is here! I don’t need to tell you quite how excited I was by this choice morsel of sartorial gossip by you know me, I will anyway. Before actually receiving a press release about this match made in fashion heaven I spotted it on one of my favourite blogs, Sandra’s Closet. Generally I don’t pinch post inspiration from other bloggers but this collab is literally the stuff of my dreams so I couldn’t not write something about it…

As you’ve probably realised by now, there’s a not-so-little part of me that can’t help wishing I was French. Les Parisiennes just have an inimitable brand of nonchalant elegance that’s almost unbearably chic. Well, no two brands encapsulate this insouciant style better that Petit Bateau and Carven so naturally the results of their combined creative efforts are covetable beyond belief. The colours, the shapes, the stripes, the collars.. Ooh la la! Race you to the Eurostar… Or just snap them up at FarFetch.com

Petit Bateau X Carven

Petit Bateau X Carven

1) Striped Polo Shirt Body, £63, click here to buy
2) Block Colour Polo Shirt, £63, click here to buy
3) Striped Polo Shirt Body, £63, click here to buy
4) Red Contrast Collar Dress, £211, click here to buy
5) Navy Contrast Collar Dress, £211, click here to buy

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Weekly Wish List 09/11/12

weekly wish list

1) J.W. Anderson waffle knit sweater, £498, click here to buy
2) 3.1 Phillip Lim zip detail leather skirt, £645, click here to buy
3) Marni metallic leather brogues, £370, click here to buy
4) Mulberry Lily tassel bag, £695, click here to buy
5) J.Crew Casati necklace, £154, click here to buy
6) Limited Edition Valentino handmade sunglasses, £450 at Luxup, click here to buy
7) Diane Von Furstenberg Saffano iPhone case, £34, click here to buy
8) J.Crew Casati earrings, £86, click here to buy
9) Nicholas Kirkwood metallic floral emrboidered sandals, £1125, click here to buy
10) Whistles Lia jacquard skater dress, £175, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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5 Minutes With… Milli Millu Founder, Mireia Llusia Lindh

If you’re a Grazia reader (and if not, shame on you) then you’ll already be well aware that Milli Millu is the super chic luxury handbag brand founded by today’s interviewee, Mireia Llusia Lindh. In fact, even if you didn’t spot her gorgeous Hong Kong tote in the mag a few weeks ago, you may well have heard of the label as since 2010 Mireia’s elegant yet practical designs have been slowely but surely infiltrating the wardrobes and magazines of stylish high-flyers. With the latest collection being snapped up left, right and centre, Millu Millu looks set to go global.

Milli Millu

I caught up with Mireia to get the inside scoop on her inspirations, aspirations and how she swapped finance for fashion…

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LPA Loves: Olivia Burton London

Olivia Burton London

In the past, I’ve never really been much of a watch wearer. There would be little point my buying one purely for practical reasons. My trusty iPhone is never far from hand so having ready access to the time isn’t an issue. But while the idea of toting some gorgeous piece of priceless-yet-elegant wrist candy appeals, I can never quite bring myself to spend as much as I would on a handbag (or rent) on an item I’ll most likely lose or break. With the best will in the world, inexpensive watches tend not to be things of beauty so I had resigned myself to the fact that while I couldn’t afford to splash some serious cash on a truly lovely timepiece, I just wouldn’t bother with one at all. That is, until I was introduced to Olivia Burton London

Olivia Burton London

The brand is the brainchild of two London College of Fashion graduates who went on to work at Selfridges and ASOS before deciding to launch their own watch brand instead, Olivia Burton London. And thank God they did! Classic but not boring, whimsical but not saccharine, ultra chic but gratifyingly non-bank breaking… If that isn’t a recipe for covetability then frankly, I don’t know what is! As you know all too well, I’m a sucker for all things girly so Olivia Burton’s floral face watches and colour pop straps are right up my street. But for those more inclined to androdgyny there are understated styles a’ plenty featuring plain gold faces and luxe leather straps in rich tan shades. Can’t make up your mind? Well never fear because at an average of £50 a pop you can always just get both, ingenious non?

Olivia Burton London

Olivia Burton London is currently stocked at Harvey Nichols, Fenwicks and Joy among other independant boutiques.

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