(Photographer: Joanna Mitroi)
Fashions Finest – Make a Difference Award
Fashions Finest’s wrapped up an exciting SS20 season during London Fashion Week recently and an honourary award was presented by Dhillon of Fashion For Cause Charity (FFC) to the founder and director of Fashions Finest Deborah St Louis. The prestigious “Making a Difference Award” was given for her work in the fashion industry to commend the example Deborah has set with Fashions Finest ‘now in its 10th year’ not only as a viable and sustainable platform for new and emerging designers but also in her commitment of inclusivity, diversity, representation (including models of/with: different cultures, ages, abilities, amputee with down syndrome, plus size, normal size and petit size) being mindful of models physical and emotional wellbeing.
Founded by Deborah St. Louis, the Fashions Finest was launched in 2010 following on from the set up of the Fashions Finest magazine in 2009. Since its inception, Fashions Finest has been promoting a diverse spectrum of designers to the national and international fashion industry with a primary focus on British designers.
Growing from strength to strength, Fashions Finest provides a platform and supports designers that are self-taught as well as those beginning at college-level through to established designers. Fashions Finest is committed to helping designers develop their profile nationally as well as internationally, as previously demonstrated with their Fashions Finest Awards, and now continues on its support with the annual Britain’s Top Designer Awards every February as part of its Autumn/ Winter showcase. Previous designers have received international press attention, grown their brand to include being stocked and sold nationally and internationally.
The September edition kicked off with the “Let’s Talk Fashion Business” celebrity stylist and TV presenter Nicky Hambleton-Jones in an interview with presenter and actress Gayle Thompson. Nicky previously hosted Channel 4‘s ‘10 Years Younger’, the UK’s leading makeover show. Nicky about spoke to Gayle about her career and how she is helping women and men find their perfect style inspiration and feel more confident. Guest gathered in the Foyer browsing the accessories such as Hermosa Sunnies sunglasses, Bags by Made of Carpet.
The 2:30 pm show kicked off a series of runway shows that included Naoise Jo, Shokushu Boutique, Cabrini Roy, Linda Blissett, Evelina Anglickaite, Red Hesketh followed by Norwegian designer Kepaza, Evelina Anglickaite and Britain’s Top Designer winner (2019) Tuncer Tonun at 4 pm.
Evening time saw a closing soiree which featured designers Kepaza, Panna, Marie Sansome, Laura Shannon (named as of of Fashion’s rising stars in Drapers’ Graduate Fashion Week 2019), Celine Zara, Shannon Stapely, Rose Brown, Rodeer London, Lingshan Fan, Emma Banister and closing the fashion extravaganza was bridal designer and and current Miss Great Britain Finalist April Banbury with her luxury bejewelled fairy tale collection of bridal gowns.
Fashions Finest propelled the careers of Hellavagirl, John Herrera, and Matthew O’Brien and regularly features brands as worn by Paloma Faith, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and others. The event draws not only the national and international fashion industry but also VIP’s from sport, entertainment, and business.
To learn more about Fashions Finest, please visit – www.fashionsfinest.com