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Suzy Menkes

Vogue International Editor Suzy Menkes is the best-known fashion journalist in the world. After 25 years commenting on fashion for the International Herald Tribune (rebranded recently as The International New York Times), Suzy Menkes now writes exclusively for Vogue online, covering fashion worldwide.

British fashion: now global and local

Karl Lagerfeld flies in to accept an award at the British Fashion Awards

25 Ноября 2015

Charlotte Olympia with her award for Accessory Designer of the Year

'They have a lot of talent, they are daring, they are never boring — and it is quite exciting. I am flattered I got this award,' said Karl Lagerfeld, the light shining off his silver jacket as he received an 'Outstanding Achievement Award' from Anna Wintour for the British Fashion Council.

Karl collects his Outstanding Achievement award from Anna Wintour

What Karl was saying, after dining on a table at London's Coliseum with Victoria and David Beckham, Natalie Massenet and Rita Ora among others, was that British fashion has gone global.

Rita Ora with a friend and Charlotte Stockdale

Even the names included as potential award-winners were multi-national, including Erdem, whose roots are in Canada and Turkey, Mary Katrantzou from Greece, and JW Anderson from Ireland.

Suzy with JW Anderson

The award presenters were also international, including Kate Bosworth, Olivier Rousteing from Balmain in Paris, Elisa Sednaoui and Orlando Bloom – although nobody could upstage the jokey Ab Fab duo of Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone.

Kate Beckinsale chats to Victoria Beckham

But there was another reason that this event looked more like Hollywood than a chilly night in London's winter climate: the slash-down, open-up, scoop-front, bare-back outfits.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry with Mario Testino

Model Jourdan Dunn showed a length of thigh in her black-and-white Mugler gown; Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Burberry dress dipped into a deep plunge at the front; Chloe Green, daughter of Topshop king Sir Philip Green, wore a dress that dropped even lower; while Lady Gaga seemed only elegantly revealing in her racy, lacy red dress by Tom Ford.

Nick Knight receiving his Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator from Karlie Kloss

The evening was not so much about who won, although Jonathan Anderson of JW Anderson picked up twin awards for both men’s and womenswear. Instead it was the varied presenters and winners — such as super-tall Gwendoline Christie, thanking Giles Deacon for her slithery, shining dress!

Joan Burstein and her son, Simon

Alexa Chung wore Erdem, as did Kate Bosworth, whose chiffon dress was the colour of the rain-washed sky.

Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour

In his speech, Karl Lagerfeld acknowledged the London fashion scene. ‘From Paris, London looks very different than London is for British people.’ He added:‘London is a great inspiration. I never would have thought I would get an award from the English fashion colony so I am very flattered.’

Karl Lagerfeld with Samantha Cameron

The night proved that British fashion is now global and local.


Rita Ora in Chanel with Suzy

Amanda Harlech with Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour on the red carpet

Brand of the Year winner Stella McCartney supporting the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with a White Ribbon for Women badge

Chloe Green with her father Philip

Salma Hayek wearing Gucci with her Kering boss husband François-Henri Pinault

David and Victoria Beckham

Model Riley Montana with designers Christopher Kane and Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing and Suzy Menkes

Winner of Establishment Designer, Erdem Moralioglu, with Suzy

Apple’s Marc Newson, Charlotte Stockdale and Adrian Joffe

Gucci’s Alessandro Michele eyes up Georgia May Jagger’s Gucci dress

Charlotte Stockdale and Rita Ora

Suzy with Gwendoline Christie wearing Giles Deacon to receive her award for British Style – Red Carpet Ambassador

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