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The British Fashion Awards 2013: a what-they-wore round-up

What did the A-list wear to award the cream of the British fashion crop?

Wed, Dec 4, 2013, 13:29


This photograph of Kate Moss and Rita Ora – who has just been announced as playing Mia, Christian Grey’s adopted sister, in the movie adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey, due for release in 2015 – makes me so happy. I’m not sure why; maybe because Ora looks very glamorous but approximately 300 years old, and Moss looks a little the worse for wear and approximately 350 years old. Or maybe it’s just because these women, who are fairly renowned for their eclectic and super-cool outfit choices, look so deathly dull. What can I say? I revel in others’ sartorial failures.

The duo was at the 2013 British Fashion Awards, of course, held on Monday (check out the website link for a list of awardees) – as was model Stella Tennant, above, who actually does look really cool, in a quirky Scottish military by way of a Cheryl Cole video way.

The cool kids were out in force, and only Tinie really excited me – he’s always so well turned out, is Tinie. Harry Styles had obviously spent about 30 minutes too many in the make-up chair, and Alexa, in a white strapless minidress, really? Is this 2013′s ultimate style icon? I think not.

Jo Elvin of Glamour, Natalie Massenet of the BFC and Caroline Issa brought out the goods in my opinion; all three look great, very cool in the way that we’ve come to expect from the Brits (over, say, the Americans who bring a certain degree of polish to the table but very little by way of excitement or creativity).

Speaking of creativity, it was definitely there: in Yasmin Sewell’s full skirt; in Simone Rocha’s bubblegum pink outfit (all her own label, obvs); in Tallulah Harlech’s assymetric draping. Then you have the die-hard eccentrics.

Lulu Guinness, Hilary Alexander and Susie Bubble were never going to come dressed as wall flowers, and it’s a good thing too – it’s nice to be able to rely on certain people to bring a distinct brand of quirk to proceedings. Speaking of reliable . . .

Moddles Amber Le Bon, Suki Waterhouse, Poppy Delevingne and Pixie Geldof were predictably Barbie-ish, although Delevingne’s covered-up mini dress was a slightly kookier addition than the others’ mermaid dresses (I recently rewatched the first episode of Game of Thrones and Geldof’s sheath dress was last seen on one Denaerys Targaryan as she readies herself for her wedding to the hottest man alive, Khal Drogo).

Lily Donaldson, Charlotte Olympia and Sienna Miller brought the colour – Sienna with slightly rose-tinted locks, which are all the talk of the haircare professionals since her appearance. While I loved what Olympia wore, Donaldson’s number was slightly reminiscent of Kimmy K’s Givenchy fail earlier this year.

Red-carpet couples worth mentioning? Clemence Poesy with Erdem Moralioglu; Rupert Everett and Donatella Versace; Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos, in varying shades of darkness. Poesy’s floral was one of the few I saw, and props to Versace for looking, from afar, like XTina.

And of course, the boys – Christopher Bailey, Marc Jacobs, Henry Holland, Giles Deacon, Christopher Kane and Nick Grimshaw (spot the odd one out?), illustrating perfectly why men’s fashion is not talked about half as much as women’s. Sure there’s barely a square inch of flesh on show! Not to mention the fact that they’re all dressed so sombrely (but points to Deacon for tartan trousers).

Last, but by no means least, the fighting Irish were represented by Angela Scanlon and JW Anderson, who’s surely having a very good year, with LVMH buying shares in his company and announcing him as creative director of Loewe. My mother would be aghast at the state of his trouser hems, mind you.

Were this a best-dressed competition (or I suppose it is, like much of life), my gong would go to Yasmin Sewell for looking cool and flirty and girly and fresh against a sea of black and godforsaken mermaid dresses. Props, Yasmin, I think you and I could be firm friends.