British Fashion Awards 2013: Prada Wins International Designer Of The Year

02 December 2013 by

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With a stellar line-up of international heavyweights including Raf Simons (Dior), Miuccia Prada and Marc Jacobs up for this year’s International Designer of the Year Award, the competition has been fierce to say the least, but we’ve just heard that…… it’s Mrs Prada who has emerged victorious! The award was handed over to Miuccia by none other than Gwyneth Paltrow.

While both the other contenders have had a hugely successful year – special mention must go to Marc Jacobs’ final collection for Louis Vuitton – Mrs Prada presented four bang-on shows at both her Prada and Miu Miu lines and has presided over a booming company with revenues up 7% (£1.17bn) year on year for the six months to July 31.

Always a major event, Mrs Prada’s A/W 2013 and S/S 2014 collections for Prada were particularly influential. If you loved this season’s ginghams, cold-shoulder styles and tread soled shoes, you’ve got Mrs Prada to thank. Come next year when you are swathing yourself in fine art inspired frocks and shodding yourself in orthopaedic flats she’ll also be to blame.

A former member of the communist party with a pHd in political science and a background in women’s rights, Mrs Prada is a directional, fearless and political designer. She famously doesn’t discuss her inspirations or conceptual process and rarely gives any interviews. She’s also incredibly passionate about contemporary art and opened her art space Fondazione Prada in 2002. As far as role models go, you couldn’t find a more successful, aesthetically dexterous and cerebral woman on planet fashion. So all together now, three cheers for Mrs Prada!

See the stars at the British Fashion Awards in the gallery below...

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GALLERY >> Best dressed at the British Fashion Awards 2013

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Harry Styles in Saint Laurent with Alexa Chung in Roger Vivier and Jack Guinness

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Sienna Miller in Burberry with Christopher Bailey

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Kate Moss in Alexander McQueen and Rita Ora in Vivienne Westwood

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Sophia Webster

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Kelly Brook

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Laura Bailey in Roksanda Ilincic

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Arizona Muse in Louis Vuitton

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Alexa Chung in Stella McCartney

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Suki Waterhouse in Burberry

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Edie Campbell in Louis Vuitton and Tim Walker

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Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada

Yasmin Le Bon in Roksanda Ilincic

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Mary Charteris in Julien Macdonald

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Lady Amada Harlech in Chanel Couture

Stella Tennant in Alexander McQueen

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Lily Donaldson in Marc Jacobs

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Nick Grimshaw

Portia Freeman in Temperley London

Caroline Issa in Meli Melo

Daisy Lowe in a custom-made Erdem gown.

Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Antonio Berardi

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Pixie Geldof in Topshop

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Sienna Miller in Burberry with Dominic Jones jewellery

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Rupert Everett and Donatella Versace

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Christopher Kane

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Poppy Delevingne in Emilia Wickstead

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Tom Sturridge and Sienna Miller in Burberry

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Harry Styles in Saint Laurent

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Kate Moss in Alexander McQueen

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Alexa Chung in Stella McCartney

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Clemence Poesy in Erdem with Erdem

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Amber Le Bon in Marios Schwab dress and Nicholas Kirkwood Heels

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Antonio Berardi and Henry Holland


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