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The British Fashion Awards 2013

On Monday 2nd December, the 2013 British Fashion Awards were held at The London Coliseum.  The fashionable and the fabulous descended on London to witness these annual prestigious awards, where accolades such as Womenswear Designer of the Year and Special Recognition Awards were presented to outstanding members of the fashion industry. Any event hosted by The British Council is guaranteed to have an exceptional Red Carpet and this year was no different. The star studded guest list included the Editor in Chief of British Vogue Alexandra Schulman along with a host of models, designers, actresses and industry insiders.

Christopher Kane received the venerable Womenswear Designer of the Year Award following a hugely successful 2013 which has seen luxury French conglomerate Kering invest in his brand. LVMH, a competitor of Kering, saw some of its new protegees accept awards too as JW Anderson picked up the accolade for New Establishment Designer and Nicholas Kirkwood received the Accessory Designer of the Year Award, no doubt because of his outstanding footwear which will be surely gracing a few festive lists this year. The night belonged to Christopher Bailey, with Burberry picking up the awards for both Designer Brand of the Year and the Menswear Designer of the Year. Burberry model Edie Campbell pipped Cara Delevigne and Sam Rollinson to the post for Model of the Year, while Miuccia Prada was honoured with the accolade for International Designer of the Year.

Kate Moss wearing a dress by Alexander McQueen and coat by Marc Jacobs

Rita Ora wearing a dress by Vivienne Westwood

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Donatella Versace wearing a design of her own

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Model Lily Donaldson wearing a dress by Marc Jacobs

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Accessory Designer Lulu Guinness

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Tom Sturridge and Sienna Miller both co-ordinate in Burberry

Designer Markus Lupfer

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Natalie Massenet, chairman of The British Fashion Council and founder of Net-a-Porter, addressed the attendees:

“The roll-call of winners announced this evening is a phenomenal display of talent in the fashion industry. The British Fashion Awards gives us the chance to commend not only the winners but celebrate all of the individuals that contribute to the incredible achievements that make London the best fashion destination in the world. I’m incredibly proud to be a part of the ceremony this evening, set in the heart of our creative capital; it provides the perfect climax to a truly momentous year of British fashion.”

The Official 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

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