Awards. Fashion Awards 2007. It Was the Best of Times and the Worst of Times.

December 19, 2007 • Fashion


The Hype of the Year Award: Kate Moss for Topshop collection. OK, so
part of the hype was our fault. Sorry, but you can’t say that floral dress
wasn’t pretty;

And another(!)

The Further Proof that Directional Doesn’t Necessarily Work on the Red
Carpet Award

Still, Moss deserves credit for courage
in the face of impending catastrophe. Not only did she carry on partying
after her dress ripped at the V&A gala in September, she also remained
undeterred when flocks of birds pooed all over her fur jacket.


The Let’s Think of a Number and Stick It on the Price Ticket Award
Chanel’s alligator and diamond 2.55 bag, £130,000; Louis Vuitton’s Tribute
bag, £28,000; Balenciaga’s Robot Shoe, £635. As the economy heated up, heels
got higher, bags got bigger, jewelry got extreme. Are quieter times ahead?


The Remind Us What They Do Again Award
The original point of Daisy and
Pearl Lowe may be lost in the mists of time, but, like Margot Stilley, they
grace every fashion event going. In a closely related category – The Here,
There and Everywhere Award – Thandie Newton clobbers the competition. But
because she’s talented as well as stylish, we’ll let her off.


The Looky-Likey Award A tough category this, in the year that Katie
Holmes cut her hair to look like daughter Suri (we know it was the year of
the fringe, but this is frightening),


Agyness Deyn stalked the catwalks as
an incarnation of the Eighties model Jenny Howarth,


The Looky-Likey Award  But narrowly
beating them all is Roberto Cavalli, who dressed up as Karl Lagerfeld in


The Hype of the Year Award: As for I’m Not A Plastic Bag bag – are
you still carrying it now?


Dolce & Gabbana: the designers’ hand-painted dresses (right) are
the closest fashion has yet come to art


The Mr Big Award Now that Karl is skinny and Gianfranco Ferré is dead,
fashion’s new Mr Big is Harvey Weinstein. The godfather of Miramax is
pulling strings behind Marchesa and the soon-to-be-relaunched Halston.

We love the London Times all year and we have Lisa Armstrong to thank for this end-of-the-year lowdown on what made is work and what just made us weep. Enjoy!

The We Like Their Style Awards

Lily Allen: a true Brit original, evolving nicely

Sienna Miller: the big knickers were a low point, but she’s learnt her
lesson – and how

Dolce & Gabbana: the designers’ hand-painted dresses (right) are
the closest fashion has yet come to art

Beth Ditto: proof that style comes in all guises. She stole Fashion
Rocks, wearing Christopher Kane

Gap: the best on the high street by a mile

Atonement: a film with a good plot, and even better clothes

Eva Green: bonkers but beautiful

Helen Mirren: serene, stately, sexy

Cécilia Sarkozy: Carla Bruni can keep him

The Union Jack: never more fashionable. If Scotland leaves the Union,
bagsy England keeps the flag

Alexa Chung: fashion’s latest crush

The Back From the Dead Award Jaeger London, as designed by Karen Boyd
(one half of the Eighties design duo Boyd and Storey) and as distinct from
plain old Jaeger . . . We wrote about the Lazarus-like resurrection of this
British brand back in April. With Russell Marsh on board as the casting
director for its first catwalk show next February, even greater things are
expected for 2008. And thank heaven for Simon Fuller. The unlikely saviour
safely delivered our beloved Roland Mouret back to fashion’s fold, and with
him another smash hit, the Moon Dress, now being ripped off by a high street
chain near you.

RIP: thigh-high socks on all but the nubile; ludicrously dimensioned
handbags; fake tans; plastic bags; WAG style; Ugly Betty (can there be
any clichés left?); body con (we’re conscious enough of our bodies, thank
you); going knickerless (so passé); lip gloss (come on, we can kick this if
we really try; all we have to do is look in the mirror and see how porn-star
“chic” worked its way into our make-up bags).

—Joanne Molina, Senior Editor


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