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.
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.
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.
Love Ella. X