So it’s just three days before the British Fashion Awards 2011 ceremony takes place, and with the media circus that surrounded the Royal Wedding earlier this year, it would not be surprising to see Sarah Burton take the overall Best Designer of the Year award; obviously she has more than enough credentials being the successor to the late and great Alexander McQueen, but the dress for Kate could tip it for her.
I am unsure whether the other nominees – in Christopher Kane, who has been quiet for the past couple of years, or Erdem, a relative newcomer to the scene – are real contenders for the crown in 2011.
The menswear award itself sees nominations for Kim Jones (Louis Vuitton), Margaret Howell and Oliver Spencer. Again, the latter appear to be outliers in the presence of Jones who has moved from strength to strength in recent years, which has culminated in him landing the post of Style Director at Louis Vuitton.
Working with Marc Jacobs, who is arguably responsible for the reinvention of the brand since the turn of the decade, along with his own tweaks for previously transforming the Dunhill brand; such credentials should set Kim Jones in good stead for receipt of the Menswear Fashion Designer of the Year 2011 award, although, as a huge fan of Oliver Spencer lines from this year, it would be great to see the award go in his direction.