2014 British Fashion Council Awards

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Erdem SS15; Marques’Almeida AW14

More than New York, more than Milan, and yes, even more than Paris, London is the global epicentre for bold, directional fashion design. No wonder our most exciting homegrown talents keep ditching Canada for these far more adventurous shores. Some of my most beloved designers in the past few years have paid their dues in London, which is also home to one of the most influential fashion institutions in the world. Even their bloggers are cooler than ours.

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And so it was with great excitement that I perused this year’s winners of the British Fashion Awards, presented at Central Saint Martins and by the British Fashion Council today. Canada has a lot to learn from the British government in the process of cultivating a vibrant and economically viable local fashion industry. After all, the biggest winner of the night was Montreal native and Ryerson grad, Erdem (Moralioğlu), who was named Womenswear Designer of the year. The British fashion industry must be doing something right to not only attract a designer of this calibre, but to also help him grow the international brand that Erdem is today.

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The Pack’s favourite Marques’Almeida won the award for Emerging Womenswear Designer of the year. It seemed like everybody and their grandmother was wearing the brand’s trademark distressed denim this year, so there was no doubt in my mind that they’d win by a landslide. Well deserved! ❤

img-simone-rocha_144932695054 l simonerochaThe designer; AW13; AW14

Simone Rocha was named the winner of the New Establishment Designer award, which is given to “a British womenswear or menswear designer that is taking the global industry by storm”. I’d say that’s pretty accurate. You can read our coverage of the designer’s stunning SS15 collection here.

COW1788 COW1789 blck wpid-picsart_1391980000929 Victoria Beckham AW14; SS14

Named British Designer Brand of the year, Victoria Beckham’s success and contribution to the British fashion industry is indisputable (albeit pretty surprising). Although her clothes aren’t the most innovative, they’re always expensive-looking and very wearable.

jw jwanderson2J.W. Anderson AW14; SS15

No surprise here. J.W. Anderson is one of the world’s most forward-thinking ready-to-wear designers, in both womenswear and menswear, so it was nice to see him get recognized for his contributions to British menswear design.

You can peep the full list of nominees and winners here. For photos of guests and select red carpet looks, click after the jump!

partypic1Alexa Chung, Emilia Wicksteadpartypic2 Mary Katrantzou, Charlotte Olympia, Emilia Wicksteadpartypic6Simone Rocha, magazine’s style director Edward Enninful (who was honoured with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator award)partypic4Badgalriri looking fiercepartypic3 partypic5Thomas Tait, Simone Rocha

Runway photos via style.com; editorial & backstage pics via Dazed Digital; party photos via Getty Images

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