While many fashion designers are rejoicing the success of their runway shows at the recently concluded Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013 Couture, Nicholas Kirkwood is perhaps sharing the same feverish high.
Although he wasn’t among the luxury houses to showcase haute couture collections on the catwalk, Kirkwood has every right to revel, for he was just honored the fourth BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund award at a bash held this evening.
Given by the British Fashion Council and announced by Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, the prestigious prize entitles Kirkwood to a cash prize of £200,000, in support for his business. He will also be mentored for 18 months by some of London’s biggest names in fashion.
“The winner we ultimately chose was because we were impressed by how they had developed their business along with turning beautiful designs into a brand identity that is already admired worldwide and which has potential for growth,” Shulman said in her speech via Women’s Wear Daily.
The 32-year-old designer, who launched his label in 2005, bested fellow London-based designers Roksanda Ilicic, Mary Katrantzou, Emilia Wickstead, and Peter Pilotto.
There seems to be no stopping Kirkwood, who has something new to add to his growing award collection. Just two years after his shoe line’s launch, he received the AltaRoma/Vogue Italia award for accessories design. In 2008, he took home the Footwear Designer of the Year recognition by Condé Nast’s Footwear News and the Swarovski Emerging Talent for Accessories accolade at the British Fashion Awards.
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