British fashion reaps rewards at industry gongs

The 2012 Global Fashion Awards was a very British affair this week. The annual event, which celebrates the best in fashion and retail across the world, saw many British companies walk away with several of the big awards.

Victoria Beckham was one of the biggest winners of the night, beating stiff competition from the likes of Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane and Jonathan Saunders to be named the best womenswear designer of the year. And this isn’t the first time she’s been recognised. Only last year, she walked away with the gong for designer brand of the year at the British Fashion Awards. In only five years she’s managed to launch an incredibly successful luxury brand, along with a full accessories line and highly coveted diffusion line, Victoria by Victoria Beckham, defying her critics and winning a legion of loyal fans on the way.

And she wasn’t the only Brit receiving a big gong. British designer Kim Jones was awarded the best menswear designer for his work at Louis Vuitton; Hackett was recognised in the category for best menswear design team; and Cambridge Satchel Company, which has quickly become the go-to brand both in the UK and America, was named the best in footwear and accessories design. The big award on the night, though, went to acclaimed celebrity photographer Rankin who was induced into the Hall of Fame in recognition of his contribution to the fashion industry.

This year marked the first time that the event has been held in London, having taken place in New York over the past few years. The ceremony was hosted by Cat Deeley, who flew in for the occasion, and guests included George Lamb, Jade Parafit, Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt and actor Luke Evans.


Hall of Fame


The CATRICE womenswear designer

Victoria Beckham

Menswear designer

Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton

Emerging designer

Emma Yeo

The LYCRA Future Designers Award

Shireeka Delvin

Footwear & Accessories Designer

Charlotte Olympia

Denim Design Team

Levi’s Commuter Series

Intimates/Swim Design Team


Sports/Activewear Design Team


Buying Team (multi-brand retailer/e-tailer)


Footwear & Accessories Design Team

The Cambridge Satchel Company

Womenswear Design Team


Menswear Design Team


Kidswear Design Team


The GFK Best Multi-channel retailer

Aurora Fashions

Best New Store/Refit

ALTER (Shanghai)

Best E-Store (pure play)

Mr Porter

Best Store

El Palacio de Hierro (Mexico)