28 November 2013 by

2013 British Fashion Awards: Suzy Menkes Bags Special Recognition Gong

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ray Tang/REX (2645876c) Suzy Menkes with some of her collection for auction Suzy Menkes Private Collection for auction by Christies, London, Britain - 12 Jul 2013

Suzy Menkes Private Collection for auction by Christies in July 2013 [Rex]

It's less than a week until the 2013 British Fashion Awards (how did that happen?!) and we've already got news of one of the lucky winners. Yes, the BFC have announced this morning that the brilliant Suzy Menkes will receive a Special Recognition Award at the swanky event thanks to her remarkable 25 year-long career at the International Herald Tribune (now The International New York Times). Congrats!

'There are so many people reviewing fashion today but Suzy is still the person who, for me, best brings the clothes themselves to life,' says Susannah Frankel, Grazia's Fashion Director. 'She is, of course, also brilliant at putting fashion into a broader cultural context but, if I miss a show, and read her commentary it's almost as if I can see the collection in front of me. She makes that seem easy but it's anything but. Add to that the fact that she is as sharp as a knife, as generous towards and interested in newcomers as she the big guns... Suzy is an incredible journalist and an incredible woman.'

Indeed, Suzy has become highly respected - not to mention much loved - in the fashion industry since becoming Style Editor back in 1988. She graduated from Cambridge University, where she was the university newspaper’s first female editor and went on to work for The Times, The London Evening Standard and the Independent. And did we mention she's the proud owner of the Legion d’Honneur in France AND a British OBE?

The ceremony is set to take place on 2nd December at the London Coliseum and with nominees including Marc Jacobs, Anya Hindmarch, Victoria Beckham and Cara Delevingne, it's set to be a corker.

Click through the gallery below to see Suzy's high-fashion friends...


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