And the nominees werrrrreee...
Emma Hill for Mulberry – Stuart Vevers was a tough act to follow but Emma Hill has made her mark as his successor at Mulberry already. Emma, who only showed her first season in February this year, seems intent on updating the classic luxury feel of Mulberry. Her first design for the brand was an incredible cracked clutch based on the iconic Bayswater. Kate Moss loved it so much she got her hands on Emma’s original prototype of the bag so she could have it first. Enough said. With such a good start as well as a history working for Gap, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs, Emma’s surely got a great future at Mulberry.
Katie Hillier – She’s worked for Luella, Henry Holland, Loewe, the Gap (RED) project, as well as in the Creative Consultant role at Marc by Marc Jacobs. Katie Hillier is the lady who has us coveting everything she designs, making accessories the focus instead of just an add-on. Genius.
Nicholas Kirkwood – Since he debuted his first footwear collection in 2005, Nicholas Kirkwood has been a name on every Grazia girl’s lips. He’s the man to go to for those after a bit of fun sophistication (we’re still lusting after his hairy yeti A/W ’09 heels) and his S/S ’10 collection definitely doesn’t disappoint. Amazing, crazy, gorgeous, creative, completely sculpture-like works of art. Nicholas is quite simply a shoe guru extraordinaire.
And the winner is….Katie Hillier!