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Monday night summoned the most important date in any industry members calendar, albeit it an evening of questionable acknowledgements (Harry Styles winning the British Style Award), the best of British talent was celebrated. I celebrated with colleagues, former colleagues and my dearest Ella, La Petit Anglais. 

Held at the decorative and regal London Coliseum in the heart of London a red carpet attendance included the likes of Gwyneth Paltro, wearing a beautifully simplistic colour-blocked number by Prada, Sienna Miller and Kate Moss with The Kills beau Jamie Hince. Saint Laurent promotional number Harry Styles made a special appearance with friends Alexa Chung, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw whilst most attention was turned towards Donatella Versace, Muicia Prada, Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha and Christopher Bailey.

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Suky Menkes, OBE, picked up a special recognition award for contributions to fashion, nailing home the age old tradition of not getting into bed with designers. ” Whilst accepting her awards Menkes said with integrity: “it’s a difficult time for fashion, a difficult time for newspapers. But I do believe that those editors have instilled in me the feeling that it’s right to step away, not to be too much in bed with designers, and never to accept things as presents. And I know this sounds very quaint and old-fashioned now, but it’s something that I believe in deeply. Thank you to those editors and thank you to everyone who’s been cheering me tonight.”

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British Fashion Awards 2013 Winners:

Womenswear Designer of the Year – Christopher Kane

Menswear Designer of the Year – Burberry

International Designer of the Year – Miuccia Prada for Prada

Designer Brand of the Year – Burberry

Accessory Designer of the Year – Nicholas Kirkwood

Emerging Womenswear Designer – Simone Rocha

Emerging Menswear Designer – Agi & Sam

New Establishment Designer – JW Anderson

Model of the Year – Edie Campbell

Red Carpet Award – Erdem

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator – Lady Amanda Harlech

British Style Award brought to you by Vodafone (voted by the public) – Harry Styles

Special Recognition Award – Kate Moss

Special Recognition Award – Suzy Menkes

Outstanding Achievement in Fashion – Terry and Tricia Jones, founders of i-D

Suzy Menkes

Suzy Menkes, OBE, prepars to receive her award

Marc & Kate

Kate Moss is embraced by designer, Marc Jacobs

Paltro & Prada

Miuccia Prada & Gwyneth Paltrow

Clemence Poesy

Clemence Poesy

Donatella & Kane

Christopher Kane accepts the British Fashion Designer of the Year Award presented by Donatella Versace

Lady Amanda Harlech

Lady Amanda Harlech accepts the Isabella Blow Award

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