Pictures: British Fashion Awards, Cara Delevingne Stuns, Alexa Chung Smokes
Ah, it's that time of year again, when the London's fashion glitterati descend on The Savoy Hotel to try outdo each other with their designer dresses, towering heels and flashy bags. Actually, it was a little more elegant than that this year, with some of the leading names in British fashion turning out for annual event. Sure, that Nick Grimshaw guy was there, but he kind of had to be given that he was hosting.
The evening saw 14 awards presented to leading figures in fashion, with Stella McCartney scooping the top accolade of Designer of the Year. Outstanding Achievement went to Manolo Blahnik for his contribution to fashion, while Jonathan Saunders won the Emerging Talent (Menswear) Award (presented by Ronnie Wood). So that's the boring ones out of the way: who won the exciting stuff? Model of the Year went to the new darling of British fashion Cara Delevingne, who pretty much dominated the fashion stakes on the evening too. The 20-year-old wore a metallic green shift dress by Burberry with silver peep-toe heels. It was big night for the Burberry star, who graced the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in November. She was joined by her close pal Rita Ora, who opted for an aqua gown by Vivienne Westwood before later dressing down with cream trousers and knitted top. Delevingne became the face of the fashion house in 2010 though has also appeared in high profile campaigns for H&M, Zara and Chanel. She appeared in a huge 31 shows at London Fashion Week in September, modelling for the likes of Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi and Stella McCartney.
The British Style Award winner for the third year in a row was television presenter and model Alexa Chung. Her ensemble seemed to be a real winner on the evening too - a black Simone Rocha frock with ankle boots by Nicholas Kirkwood. Of choosing her red-carpet outfit, Chung told Grazia, "This time round, it was a bit of a nightmare. Ordinarily, I'm quite decisive. I look on Style.com and pick things and if they let me, then I borrow it. Other times, it turns into a bit of a disaster in terms of trying to match a shoe... But it's just clothes so it's fine. It's not the end of the world." It seems the excitement of winning the award for a third time left Chung craving a cheeky cigarette!
Other guests at the evening included Princess Beatrice and Amber Le Bon, who wore an elegant looking floral Christopher Kane dress.
Addressing the glitzy audience, Harold Tillman CBE, Chairman of the British Fashion Council, said: "The ceremony provides the perfect conclusion to what has been an exceptional year for British fashion and we're very proud to celebrate the achievements of all the nominees here this evening."