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Christopher Kane scoops womenswear prize at British Fashion Awards

British designer Christopher Kane was named Womenswear Designer of the Year last night (December 2) at the British Fashion Awards 2013.

The British Fashion Council awarded Kane the accolade following a “triumphant year” for the designer, which saw luxury brand group Kering acquiring a 51% stake in the label.

The ceremony at the London Coliseum saw a total of 16 awards presented to the leading figures in fashion, recognising creative talent and design excellence across all areas of the industry.

Burberry picked up two awards for Designer Brand of the Year and the Menswear Designer of the Year award, which was given to Christopher Bailey for his work at the brand.

The Outstanding Achievement in Fashion gong was awarded to founders of i-D magazine Terry and Tricia Jones for the iconic couple’s “tremendous contribution” to the fashion industry.

The International Designer of the Year award, which was introduced for the first time this year to recognise the continuing globalisation of the industry, was won by Miuccia Prada for Prada, while Nicholas Kirkwood was named Accessory Designer of the Year for the third time.

Simone Rocha was named Emerging Womenswear Designer while design duo Agi & Sam received the Emerging Menswear Designer award.

J.W. Anderson was named the New Establishment Designer for 2013 for his “uncompromising vision for originality”.

The ceremony was hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall, and was attended by industry members, including retailers, models, celebrities and media, and for the first time this year, members of the public who purchased tickets to attend.

Natalie Massenet, chair of the British Fashion Council said the awards celebrated all of the individuals that contribute to the “incredible achievements that make London the best fashion destination in the world”.


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