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Tessa Talking: judging the Global Fashion Awards

I was at the very lavish Savoy Hotel in London this week to attend the WGSN Global Fashion Awards, where I contributed as a judge.

Host Cat Deeley was contemporary cool in a Charlie Brear ivory gown and tuxedo jacket
Host Cat Deeley was contemporary cool in a Charlie Brear ivory gown and tuxedo jacket

I must say, after almost eight years running the Scottish Fashion Awards you think you know quite a lot about the scene but it’s only when you judge an event like this do you realise the incredible wealth of talent there is from around the world.

I'm not just talking designers; I am talking the entire scope of the industry and the teams involved to make things happen. From when a concept goes from sketchpad to production to store, there are literally loads of mini operating teams making it all happen at their end.

It's an adrenaline-fuelled business, full of wonderful whacky eccentric types, bursting with passion and ambition – which is why I love it. So it was a real pleasure to judge this great event that provides an incredible platform to the mammoth scope of artists, business players and creative’s thriving around the world. From sports and active wear to multi-brand retailers, to the coolest denim designers to kidswear designers. From store design to online gods whom our fingers are addicted to, they were all represented.

It was an uber glam affair, black tie of course, hosted by the very lovely Cat Deeley. She looked radiant I might add, as she sashayed onto the stage wearing a dramatic feather gown and white tuxedo blazer. There was a brief thought of a blushing bride but alas, five minutes in and her infectious personality brought a contemporary coolness to the  Charlie Brear ivory gown that made it work just fine!

My old pal Rankin and his model wife Tuuli were there as he picked up the Hall of Fame award (you see, we set the bar when we gave him that honour in 2010…just saying) and womenswear Designer of the Year went to Kim Jones of Louis Vuitton.

Victoria Beckham sent a message via video link as she scooped up the Womenswear Designer award – bravo I say – she’s a designer who actually sells dresses that people wear as opposed to catwalk creations that despite their magnificence, they are quite clearly impractical!

My escort for the night was the stylish TV and fashion personality Nick Ede, sporting a spiffing tache for Movember – very Clark Gable we thought and I had great fun sitting next to Holli Rogers. When I discovered she was the Buying/Fashion Director of Net-a-Porter I was a bit overcome as it was like sitting next to one’s dealer…I vowed not to bombard her with questions of what new collections were forthcoming although I must admit it was most trying! The charming fellows on her right were the very clever E-tailers from brother brand Mr Porter. There were big cheers all round as they scooped ‘Best E-Store’.

Lauretta Roberts (founder) pulled off a great night with the perfect mix of celebrity, fashion and fun folk who mingled sipping champers and chatted fashion till the early hours. Julien MacDonald, Charlotte Dellal, Jade Parfitt, George Lamb, VV Brown and Pixie Lott provided a fabulous dash of sparkle but I was most excited to be introduced to Joanne Froggatt. Yip, star of my favourite TV drama Downtown Abby. She was almost unrecognisable from her role as ‘Anna Bates’ - the maid on the progamme. There was no melancholic looking lady here. We’re talking long luscious blonde locks and a red Herve Leger type dress – she looked sensational!

I didn’t stay too late as I had an early start the next morning. There I was standing outside the Savoy waiting on a taxi and a very bouncy, chic blonde came outside and stood next to me, waved goodbye to the doorman and jumped into her waiting chauffeur! Goddamit that Cameron Diaz looked great!

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