Primark and John Lewis each picked up two accolades at the Drapers Awards 2013, as womenswear veteran Derek Lovelock received the Lifetime Achievement award for a career that dates back to 1972.
An audience of more than 800 gathered for the black-tie awards dinner at Old Billingsgate in the City of London on Thursday. In a new format, these awards concentrated solely on larger fashion retailers and their suppliers and brands.
Primark was named Fashion Retail Business of the Year (over £125m turnover) and added International Fashion Retailer of the Year to its haul.
John Lewis won the Department Store Business of the Year category and also took the Best Store Design trophy for its Exeter branch. There was another winner with a John Lewis link - Peter Ruis, buying and brand director of the store group before his move to Jigsaw in September, was named Fashion Retailing Personality of the Year, a new award.
Hobbs won in the Fashion Retail Business of the Year (under £125m turnover) category, while River Island took home the Fashion Marketing Campaign of the Year award for its collaboration with pop star Rihanna. Asos was named Fashion Pure-Play Etailer of the Year to add to the two Drapers awards it won in 2012.
There was good news for Marks & Spencer, which won the Fashion Retailer of the Year - Consumer Choice award, coming out top in a national survey of 2,000 shoppers commissioned by Drapers.
In another new category, London-based CDI Studio, which was set up just four years ago, was named Fashion Supplier of the Year.
In the wholesale categories, John Smedley won the Premium Brand of the Year award, Simon Carter scooped the Menswear Brand of the Year accolade, Seasalt was named Womenswear Brand of the Year and Little Mistress took the Young Fashion Brand of the Year award for the second year running. It has been a good month for the partywear brand as earlier this month it won the Young Fashion Brand of the Year category in the separate Drapers Independents Awards.
Executive chairman of Aurora Fashions Derek Lovelock picked up the Lifetime Achievement award following a career that started at C&A more than 40 years ago.
Next April, Lovelock will take up a non-executive role across all Aurora businesses before moving on from the company. However, in Drapers this week Lovelock reveals that he still wishes to be involved in the fashion industry after Aurora.