I recently attended the WGSN Awards with long time gal-pal Courtney Blackman, fashion expert and style presenter, Stefanie Jones and stylist Rebekah Roy. I have known Courtney for years (in fact we often tell people that she is my white twin and watch them try to process that, it’s quite hilarious).
I recently found this throwback image of Courtney and I in London on one of our early nights out and boy did it remind me how long London streets have been my stomping grounds…do you ever have that moment when you realise how much you love your city?! Anyway, back to the awards…The WGSN Futures Awards (formerly the WGSN Global Fashion Awards) are the grand finale to WGSN Futures, celebrating innovation in design, business and technology, as well as breakthrough talent on a global scale. I loved getting ready with the girls and receiving the full attentive service of the AOF Makeup team for full do-overs (who doesn’t love a nice makeover?!) before heading over to the venue, this year Number 8 Northumberland Avenue.
The awards took a new format for 2016 with no acceptance speeches and no sit down dinner, instead canapes and cocktails were provided; all drinks supplied by Mahiki, with thanks to Sauvelle Vodka and Peroni, and the vegetarian options were pretty tasty (the confit of heritage potatoes, roasted globe artichoke, Jerusalem artichoke puree, celeriac and truffle dressing, baby watercress was simply yummy).
Having been to quite a few award shows in my time, I saw this shorter ceremony as a refreshing change; guests were able to get right back to talking, catching up with people and enjoying all the night had to offer which included the fashion. I mean, take a look at London born illustrator and writer Daisy De Villeneuve’s incredible bag from the Kate Spade Spring ’16 collection – pretty fly huh? Whilst that blue teapot style is not available yet to the public, you can shop unique bags from Kate Spade by clicking the image below or here.
Also in attendance at the awards were Harold Tillman, who wrote the foreword for my book, Charlotte Olympia Dellal, a fellow Women for Women Ambassador, and Lauren Bowker from the Unseen. I interviewed Bowker for this article for The Guardian and it was great to see her take home the award for Innovation on the night, her work as a materials alchemist is like nothing I have ever seen before. I wore a jumpsuit – a favourite style of mine – and you can find out how to style in my recent ‘Simple Statements’ style edit. To see more pictures from the night, click here.