WOMEN’S HOUR: It was a love-in for ladies — and some men, too — at the annual Harper’s Bazaar U.K. Women of the Year awards this week at Claridge’s. “My woman of the year is my daughter,” said designer Roksanda Ilincic, “just for simply putting up with all the fashion stuff.”
Male and female guests at the dinner Monday night hailed from the worlds of theater, film, business, fashion and music. They included Keira Knightley, Tinie Tempah, Grayson Perry, Olivia Colman, Christopher Kane and Annie Lennox.
Knightley, in Erdem, won the Theatre Icon award for her critically acclaimed performances in “The Children’s Hour” and, most recently, in “Thérèse Raquin” on Broadway. But she still can’t say what her dream role would be. “That’s probably why I’m still working,” she surmised.
Tinie Tempah, wearing rose-tinted Linda Farrow glasses and a vibrant orange seersucker Hardy Amies suit, said his mother is his woman of the year.
“It sounds cliché but she’s amazing. Because, at the moment, I’m working on my third album. It’s called ‘Youth,’ and it’s very reminiscent, very nostalgic. I’ve been thinking about my life up until now, and she’s had a big part to play in that.”
Fashion figures were at the forefront: Christopher Kane presented Stella Tennant with the Contribution to British Fashion award in honor of her 23-year modeling career and work as a designer, showcased in her recent collection with Isabella Cawdor for Holland & Holland.
FKA Twigs handed the designer Grace Wales Bonner with the Breakthrough Talent prize, and Simone Rocha received the Designer of the Year award from her mother Odette. Elizabeth Hurley presented fellow model and entrepreneur Rosie Huntington-Whiteley with the Business Woman award, and Natalie Massenet announced Donatella Versace as Fashion Icon.
Other winners included Annie Lennox, who won the Philanthropy award, while Emma Watson was given the Inspiration award for her role as a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador and her campaign for gender equality.