Nick Knight’s heartfelt McQueen tribute premieres at British Fashion Awards


British Fashion Awards at the super-chic Savoy Hotel

Ah! The glamourous life of a mummy fashionista… Tonight the uber-dedicated British Fashion Council crew hosted the British Fashion Awards at the stunning, art deco Savoy Hotel and Theatre. But while the fashion cognoscenti quaffed champagne, I played Solomon to two 19 month-old boys, both of whom wanted to wear the same bucket on their heads. Thank goodness for living vicariously through Twitter feeds.

But there are times that 140 characters just won’t do. The premiere of Nick Knight’s tribute to Lee Alexander McQueen, marking his posthumous Outstanding Achievement Award, serves as a poignant example of the very real need to be in the mixer, face-to-face with your people. A heartfelt, emotionally-raw short film by the don of fashion film, set to an exclusive Bjork track, sucks you into the dual-headed, symbiotic relationship between photographer-cum-film-maker and genius designer. I can only imagine how seeing it full-scale, in such a highly-charged atmosphere, would’ve sent ripples of genuine reaction through the audience.

Plucking softly through the first frames, genesis gives way to beautiful form and texture, building up into a crescendo as the illusion shatters, giving way to alternately mournful, iconic imagery and visceral, blood-red, animalistic visions. While I don’t know either party personally, so cannot judge whether this is an accurate interpretation of their relationship, even if I did now know who or what this film was created for, I would imagine that there was heartache involved in its making. Truly moving.

And after this, the show must’ve gone on. The roll-call of Britain’s most prestigious fashion awards was topped by Phoebe Philo for Celine, inarguably the brand to best encapsulate the reductive, creative chic streak tearing through our wardrobes right now. She was presented with British Designer of the Year Award by our favourite Nicaraguan, Bianca Jagger.

Other, equally predictable, deserving winners included Burberry, for Digital Innovation (an award surely invented especially for them?!); Nicholas Kirkwood, whose foot confectionery snaffled him the Accessory Designer Award; and Nicola Formichetti, who collected the Isabella Blow Fashion Creator Award.

A full list of winners can be seen on the British Fashion Awards microsite, as well as the BFC Designer of the Year nominees on film, which I am sure I recall was produced by our Crispy Duck buddies. And we
await the descent of the party pictures and get the look features!


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