Sir Paul Smith backstage at his Spring Summer 2012 show with models
Congratulations and three cheers for National Treasure, Sir Paul Smith, as it has been announced today that he has won the prize for Outstanding Achievement Award at this year’s British Fashion Awards! This will be Sir Paul’s fifth British Fashion Award – we expect he has a whole shelf reserved for them at his HQ. The accolade is given to those who have made an exceptional contribution to British fashion. Previous winners include the likes of John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.
His extraordinary career has spanned over four decades and really does represent an enormous contribution to the British Fashion Industry. He started out in a clothing warehouse in Nottingham. With no plans or qualifications and with the encouragement of his girlfriend Pauline Denyer – who is now his wife - and a small amount of savings, Paul opened a tiny shop in 1970. In 1976 Paul showed his first menswear collection in Paris under the Paul Smith label and in 1998, showed his first women's collection at London Fashion Week and the women's mainline collection continues to this day.
His designs are described as ‘classics with a twist’ and he is famed for his signature idiosyncratic take on traditional British styling, featuring things like tweed, knitwear, tailoring and his instantly recognizable stripes!
Stay tuned to Grazia Daily for more British Fashion Awards bits and pieces – it’s the hottest night of the year for London Fashion fans and it will take place on Monday 28th November (that's next week! just days away!) and we’ll be down there, covering every spit and cough from the red carpet!