More than 400 luxury industry figures gathered in the hotel’s downstairs ballroom for the annual event hosted by the British luxury lobby. The actor and singer Laurence Fox hosted the evening, with David Walliams, Lady Kitty Spencer and Max Irons handing out some of the prizes.
Manolo Blahnik staged an encore: Having scooped the Legend award last year, the designer won the creative collaboration prize for his exhibition of footwear inspired by historical paintings and works of art at The Wallace Collection in London.
Dunhill won for British Luxury Brand while Church’s took home the Luxury Maker prize. Flowerbx, the home delivery service that serves up lush bunches of monochrome flowers and plants, won the emerging talent award.
“What a year it has been,” said Rhodes, who is marking 50 years in fashion. She called the award “truly the icing on the cake. To be put up there with the greats such as Manolo Blahnik (who received the award last year) is really moving and I appreciate and thank Walpole for acknowledging my contribution to the British and international fashion industry.
Burberry’s Pam Batty, vice president corporate responsibility, talked about the company’s recent strides on the sustainability front, introducing a collection made from Econyl yarn, using repurposed fishing nets, fabric scraps and industrial plastic, and setting two science-based targets covering its extended supply chain.
The judging panel was chaired by Michael Ward, who is managing director of Harrods and chairman of Walpole; Helen Brocklebank, the organization’s chief executive officer; Mark Henderson, chairman of Gieves and Hawkes, and Frederick Mostert, research fellow, University of Oxford IP Research Centre and former chief legal counsel at Compagnie Financière Richemont.
Walpole said it is committed to promoting the British luxury industry, which is worth more than 48 billion pounds to the U.K. economy, through mentoring programs, events, research and public affairs with the British government and in Europe.