Tailors measure up for awards

FASHIONISTAS from all over the UK flooded Merchant Taylors' Hall last night for the Golden Shears Awards, often called the “Oscars of the Tailoring World”.

The gala-slash-awards ceremony, which is hosted by the livery originally established in the 14th century, recognises the industry’s rising stars, the up-and-coming tailor apprentices and students and the thousand-dollar labels of tomorrow.

Judges included famed designer Betty Jackson and the 2014 Rodial Man of the Year, model David Gandy.

The soiree was hosted by The Apprentice's Nick Hewer who, along with the drinks provided by Chivas, kept everyone in high spirits throughout the evening.

BBC 2’s ratings crashed on Sunday night after a scheduled episode of Top Gear was cancelled following Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension. Clarkson and co present one of BBC 2’s most-watched programmes and had averaged around 6.2m viewers for its first seven episodes this year. This Sunday’s replacement, a repeat of Royal Air Force Acrobatics documentary Red Arrows, pulled in just 1.3m viewers and an audience share of around 5.7 per cent. Who says Clarkson doesn’t punch above his weight on the BBC schedules?