SWAROVSKI HONORED: Nadja Swarovski was one of the first people to place a bid during the charity auction for Save The Children during the UK Fashion and Textiles (UKFT) Awards in London on Thursday night. She bid 50 pounds for a session in the chair at the Percy & Reed salon in London, which eventually sold for 290 pounds (about $439 at current exchange).
Swarovski may have lost the bid, but she was among the winners of the night’s awards — she took home the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Fashion. Her win was revealed by Chris Sullivan, chief executive Corporate Banking Division at NatWest (the night’s headline sponsor), who said, “We used to say rhinestones, now we only talk about Swarovski crystals.”
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, president of UKFT, had a few things to say about the awards before presenting them to the winners. She covered off some of the UKFT’s recent activity before raising a few laughs reminding guests that “the UKFT also tweets. Relentlessly.”
The night’s other winners included Emma J Shipley as Newcomer of the Year; Tatty Devine for Accessories Business of the Year; Harris Tweed Hebrides won the Textile Business and “Let’s Make It Here” awards; and “Dragons’ Den” stalwart James Caan suffered a slight geographical gaffe when he revealed that the “London Satchel Company” had won the Exporter award, when he meant the Cambridge Satchel Company. An easy mistake to make.
Charlotte Taylor, who was nominated in the Best Newcomer category for her collection of vibrant print pieces, has been operating out of a pop-up Shop on Sloane Square, which will remain open for a further three weeks. She also told of an upcoming collaboration with heritage cricket brand Newbery. “It’s ready-to-wear for men and women. It was great to work on, I used some really beautiful fabrics that drape gorgeously,” she told WWD.