This year, a key player in the fashion industry (last year it was Queen Menkes) received the Special Recognition Award for his lifetime career of catwalk photography - Chris Moore. A name less frequently mentioned alongside fashion photography as others; Avedon, Newton, Horst, Testino, yet a vital one. I believe that the Special Recognition Award does the most for it's recipient. Just look at how the already iconic Suzy has gone from strength to strength in this past year. For a name such as Chris Moore, less recognized on the surface level of fashion industry, it can only do wonders. It is so important that these characters who have dedicated the majority of their lives to the world of fashion are respected, valued and treasured more so than the winner of the British Style Award for example. Of course this year's winner Emma Watson was wholly deserving. Last year saw Alexa Chung pass her crown of three years down to Harry Styles..... ? But it's undeniable that Emma Watson's particular ratio of British class and quirk should receive such an award.
Harry Styles in Lanvin
The fantastic, fresh and exciting Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida won the Emerging Womenswear Award, and Simone Rocha won New Establishment Designer. Two brands who encompass what the British should be: hardworking. Both with collaborations under their belts (Marques Almeida x Topshop, Simone Rocha x J.BRAND) and unique aesthetics. Evidently, it's also been a smashing year for Nicolas Ghesquiere, his new reign at Louis Vuitton scoring him not only the award for International Designer but also Creative Campaign for the AW14 Louis Vuitton campaign photographed by Juergen Teller, Annie Lebowitz and Bruce Weber, and featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg who attended the ceremony alongside Ghesquiere. This year the Outstanding Achievement Award was presented by John Galliano (in his first public appearance since his appointment at Margiela) Anna Wintour, who attended with her daughter Bee Shaffer. Cara Delevingne picked up Model of the Year again after passing it onto Edie Campbell last year.
Alexa Chung in Emilia Wickstead
Karlie Kloss in Nicholas Oakwell Couture
Natalie Massenet in Emilia Wickstead
Naomie Harris in Christopher Kane