British Fashion Awards Nominees

There is wit and femininity without sacrificing strength, and I love that about British designers” – Thandie Newton to Red magazine

Many of Thandie’s favorite designers have been nominated at this year’s British Fashion Awards. In this post, I spotlight these nominees for awards ranging from Emerging Talent to Designer of the Year and their styles as worn by Thandie.

Stella McCartney

Nominated for: Designer of the Year, Designer Brand and Red Carpet

Born into music royalty, the daughter of Paul McCartney, Stella made her own name through her fashion line.  She studied fashion design in London and boasts an impressive resume starting with being Creative Director for Chloe, her fashion line being distributed in over 50 countries and as Creative Director for Adidas, having designed team Great Britain’s apparel for the summer 2012 Olympic games.

As described on her site, her signature style is “sharp tailoring, natural confidence and sexy femininity.”

Jonathan Saunders

Nominated for: Emerging Talent – Menswear, New Establishment

Jonathan Saunders is primarily known for his print designs.  He uses traditional silk screening techniques.  He has created prints for Alexander McQueen and Pucci.  He debuted his own collection in 2008 in New York and has gone on to  be the Creative Director for Pollini and designing capsule collections for Topshop.




Nominated for: New Establishment

Erdem has studied fashion design in both Toronto and London.  He had the opportunity to intern with Vivienne Westwood and work with designer Diane von Furstenberg before he launched his own label in 2005.

He describes his signature styles to the British Fashion Council as:

“Color, optimism, oddities”

Like Yves Saint Laurent, Erdem designs to make women look elegant by focusing on silhouettes and proportions.

Nicholas Kirkwood

Nominated for: Accessory Designer

Nicholas studied Fine Arts between 1998-9 and worked with hat designer Phillip Treacy until 2005 when he launched his collection to capitalize on the big opportunity he saw in the market for statement shoes.  In 2008 he was appointed Accessory Designer for Pollini and along the way won various prestigious awards.

He has been described as being innovative in the use of materials such as shaved stingray and hand painted suede. Kirkwood’s shoe designs are often referred to as having an “architectural quality” to them.

Christopher Kane

Nominated for: Designer of the Year

Christopher Kane graduated with a MA in Womenswear from Central St Martins School of Art, winning the Harrods Design Award in 2006 for his beautiful collection that consisted of stretch lace dresses with brass rings.  Subsequently,  Donatella Versace took note of this collection and hired him to work on the Versace’s Atelier couture line. That same year, he put on a show to showcase his first collection.

Each of Kane’s collections vary drastically, from tight neon dresses in his first collections to nude chiffon dresses in his later collections.








Winners will be announced November 27th 2012 by the British Fashion Council.  Good luck to all the nominees!


source: wikipedia, style, fashionmodeldirectory

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