At the Fashion Monitor Journalism Awards
I was very pleased to be asked to be a judge for the inaugural Journalism Awards organised by Fashion Monitor and Beauty Monitor, two essential reference works for those related industries. The venue for the awards ceremony this week was The Brewery at the Barbican in central London ,where the company was good and the evening very jolly. My compliments go to Hannah White, publisher of Fashion Monitor, and her team for making this happen.
My old pal and fellow judge Ian McGarrigle, now a partner at the PR firm Pelham Bell Pottinger, is seen with another old friend, Terry Mansfield CBE, late of National Magazines, who was the excellent chairman of the judges.
A lifetime achievement award deservedly went to Hilary Alexander OBE, who is best-known for her years on The Daily Telegraph. The young woman in the black and white dress is MTV’s Laura Whitmore, who did a fine job as the show’s presenter.
Vanessa Friedman, fashion editor of the Financial Times, who I am pleased to say has commissioned me for many a menswear piece in recent years, was awarded an accolade for her own written work for the FT’s How To Spend It magazine. As Vanessa is trekking round the European fashion show circuit at present, her award was collected by the FT’s David Hayes.
I was especially pleased to see Imran Amed, founder of the excellent The Business of Fashion online publication, collect the award for the best trade/B2B fashion journalist of the year and also the ultimate prize for overall fashion journalist of the year. He’s here with Laura Whitmore and Carol Bagnald of award sponsor HSBC. BoF, as it’s known to its friends and many admirers, is a daily must-read and puts most other fashion journalism – B2B or consumer – to shame. Well done, Imran!
As well as old friends, such events are splendid occasions to make new friends, in my case Lisa Tse, the charming founder of, among other things, the women’s-only club The Sorority. I was delighted that Lisa approves of my Black Watch tux from Chester Barrie.
And finally a big thank you to my lovely friend Frances Card for suggesting me as a judge for the awards.
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