As you read this, designers all over the world are beavering away in their studios, in a heightened state of panic about the fast approaching fashion week season. But in a studio in east London, designer Louise Goldin is celebrating (among the panic), as she has been awarded the coveted British Fashion Council Fashion Forward award. Sponsored by Coutts and Co and supported by the London Development Agency, the award means that Louise will receive sponsorship for two seasons to show at London Fashion Week in February and September, which obviously takes the pressure off somewhat. But brilliantly it also means that she has access to people-in-the-know who will advise Louise on how to develop her business. Louise has been a cult figure on the catwalk for a number of seasons, and quickly became renowned for her knit skills and sophisticated use of colour. Her pastel heavy SS 10 collection was critically acclaimed and the contemporary body-con shapes were a new take on the popular trend. Previous winners of the award include Christopher Kane, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, Giles Deacon and Richard Nicoll, so Louise is in very good company. If she has previously been under your radar, she’ll be all over it come February!