WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2013, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
This was the whole reason I was in London last week and I attended courtesy of Baleeblu, one of the sponsors of the awards ceremony. If you’re a fashion student/graduate like myself, the first thing you’ll probably say when WGSN is mentioned is “I used to use their website at uni!”. It is a trend forecasting service which information to helps designers to work a couple of seasons ahead. For me, during the four years at university studying Fashion Marketing, WGSN was almost always the starting point of every project and assignment, using the resource as initial research for inspiration and point of direction.
Being at this event was a bit surreal. Maybe it was because of the beautiful venue, or perhaps it was because I was surrounded by people in the industry that I once wanted to be part of. Strangely, I sort of felt like being on the outside looking in. The fourth annual awards had a very lavish venue, and if you’ve been to the V&A, you’ll know how grand it is but I walked in and didn’t even recognise it! Looking grand as ever, the V&A had let it’s hair down and was ready to partay! I wasn’t allowed to take my big camera with me, but my iPhone didn’t do all that badly!
The evening started off with a champagne reception, which was sponsored by Baleeblu, and their logo was all over the hall which was so cool to see. It was on the ceiling, on the screens, all around the bar, and the team was so pleased with what they were seeing. We walked to our table, had a few drinks and then ate a starter of parsnip panne cotta and beetroot salad, then seabass with gnocci, and a lovely trio of dessert; Chambord chocolate sphere, hibiscus sorbet and raspberry consomme. This was all finished off with coffee, handmade marshmallows and lavender macarons.
The ceremony was presented by Cat Deeley, and the awards were given to the likes of Erdem for best womenswear designer, Topshop for best multi-channel retailer, Acne for best menswear designer and Christopher Bailey for the Hall of Fame/Outstanding Contribution. It was a night spent with talented designers from some of the biggest brands in the world, but it got to midnight and after all that excitement, we were all getting ready to go back to our beds!
Here’s what I wore for the black tie event:
Trousers ASOS / Blazer TOPSHOP / Lace Shirt* Ravi Famous / Shoes Miss Selfridge / Bag* Not On The High Street