PLAUDITS FOR THE BRITS: A host of British designers — including Christopher Bailey, Phoebe Philo and Victoria Beckham — have won nominations for the 2010 British Fashion Awards. Christopher Kane, Erdem Moralioglu and Philo for Celine were nominated for designer of the year, while Burberry, Mulberry, Pringle of Scotland and Victoria Beckham were nominated for designer brand of the year. Bailey for Burberry was one of the designers nominated for men’s wear designer of the year, along with the label E. Tautz, Margaret Howell and Paul Smith. In the category of the Isabella Blow award for fashion creator, Nick Knight, stylist Nicola Formichetti and photographer Rankin were all nominated. The awards will be held December 7 at London’s Savoy Hotel.
THE REAL SPICE: There may be more than 50 fake Victoria Beckhams on Twitter offering tweets under handles like DVBstyle and REALvicbeckham. There’s only one real Victoria Beckham, though, and this fashion week, she is going to give her Posh impostors a run for their money.
Starting today and through New York Fashion Week, Beckham herself will be tweeting tidbits under the @vbfashionweek handle. The former pop star and designer, who is unveiling her spring collection on Sept.12, is expected to tweet about her time in Gotham — from casting models to putting the final stitches on her collection and her thoughts on fashion week trends. Perhaps she has more to say about ultrathin models?
A FEMALE ART: In collaboration with the Venice International Film Festival, Gucci has extended its cinematographic ties with a new project called the Gucci Award for Women in Cinema that will debut next year. The undertaking celebrates women who reached outstanding achievements in filmmaking in various capacities spanning director, actor, cinematographer, set designer, screenwriter and costume designer.
It replaces the four-year-old Gucci Group Awards that honored artists who made a remarkable contribution to film. In the time leading up to the first award, Gucci and Martin Scorsese’s nonprofit organization, The Film Foundation, will restore “Wanda,” a highly respected independent film directed by Barbara Loden, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
The winner will be selected through an advisory committee headed by Marco Mueller that will provide Frida Giannini, the jury president, with a list of nominees. The award’s first recipient will be revealed at an inaugural event during next year’s Venice Film Festival. Gucci will also grant a $25,000 scholarship fund to a leading film school in the name of the honoree.
SHIFTING SITES: IMG and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week are facing another change of venue, this time in Berlin.
The city’s cultural commission has placed a ban on “commercial events of all sorts” on Bebelplatz as of January 2011, noting the site’s memorial by Israeli artist Micha Ullman to the Nazi book burning there in May 1933. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin has been held on Bebelplatz for the last five seasons, as have other more commercial events. However, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin is not due to move before July. The January edition will again be held on Bebelplatz, while the search continues for an alternative site. IMG said “we completely respect the cultural commission’s decision. After the January 2011 event, for which Bebelplatz has already been approved by the district, we plan to move to another venue, which we will announce at a later date.”
PRADA TOUTS TOTES: Prada, among the many brands participating in Fashion’s Night Out, has put together a series of limited edition totes that will retail at its New York City boutiques for $295. The bags will be available in 10 different pattern and color combinations, and 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to New Yorkers for Children, a nonprofit that supports youth foster care.
BURBERRY ON THE BALL: Burberry has completed the purchase of 43 of the 50 stores it plans to acquire in China, and the remainder will be transferred in the coming months, the company said Tuesday. In July, Burberry unveiled big plans for the Chinese market, including the purchase of the 50 stores for 70 million pounds in cash, or $107.1 million at current exchange. The transaction is expected to add up to 20 million pounds, or $30.6 million, to group operating profit in the 2011-12 fiscal year. Burberry has been steadily taking control of its operations in emerging markets worldwide and plans to open a further 10 stores in China this year.
EASY DOES IT: Jean Paul Gaultier, who recently took over the management helm of his fashion house, is already in expansion mode. The French couturier is teaming up with Italy’s GFM Industrie, which also makes the Anglomania and Ter et Bantine lines, to create a new casual range, WWD has learned. The capsule line, to be unveiled to the trade in October and sold alongside the signature collection, will be produced by GFM, with distribution handled by Gaultier.