Suki Waterhouse and Jamie Campbell Bower joined forces tonight to present three prestigious British Fashion Awards in the Emerging Designer category.
First up is womenswear designer Simone Rocha who was up against Thomas Tait and Marques’Almeida. You may very well be familiar with the young Rocha – her designs have generated a storm of interest on both sides of the Atlantic, and she’s proper fashion royalty as daughter of designer John Rocha. Simone’s fresh and youthful designs, which often incorporate neon and metallic tones and plastic fabrication are certainly representative of London’s originality.
Next we have Agi & Sam who beat off competition from Christopher Shannon and Craig Green to win the Emerging Menswear Designer gong. Agi & Sam's star has been burning pretty bright of this year, what with their collection for Topman and critically acclaimed Spring Summer 2014 show at London Collections: Men. The inspiration for the collection was an old man 'attached to his clothes' who 'loves them so much he still wears then, even though he's shrunk.' Cue an oversized silhouette aplenty in coats and jackets of various colours - and oh, those colours.
Last but not least shoe designer Sophia Webster triumphed over Dominic Jones and Mr Hare in the Accessory category. The young cordwainer originally (ahem) stepped into the spotlight when she won a design competition to see her shoes produced and sold in River Island stores. Since then Sophia has come on leaps and global bounds with her ultra-fun shoes and bags, scooping up a range of high profile stores, collaborations, celebrity followers, column inches and now a double whammy of American support. Not only were her designs spied on the Victoria's Secret catwalk last month, but J Crew’s spring/summer 2014 collection features a dedicated collection of stilettos from Miss Webster too. She said on collecting her award 'Thanks so much to the British Fashion Council for making London a great place to start a young brand'.
Three cheers for three very deserving winners!!!