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BBC presenter Mariella to host British Fashion Awards

Nov '08
Presenter and journalist Mariella Frostrup will host this year's British Fashion Awards on Tuesday, 25th November 2008 at Lawrence Hall, Westminster.

Organised by the British Fashion Council and supported by Swarovski the evening is attended by over 500 industry leaders, celebrities, designers, retailers, models and journalists to celebrate the best of British fashion. The Awards are judged by a committee of top fashion media, retailers and influencers, which is chaired by Lucy Yeomans, editor of Harper's Bazaar.

Mariella's unique voice can usually be heard on the BBC but she will be leaving the airwaves for the night to recognise and reward outstanding British fashion talent – the most glamorous of the cultural industries. On presenting the awards she said 'I am thrilled to be playing a part in this year's British Fashion Awards which recognise both new talent and careers that have spanned a life-time. What better excuse to get dressed up than when you are among fashion's elite.'

This years shortlisted nominees are:

MODEL - A British model who has contributed most to the international fashion scene in the past year.
Nominees - Agyness Deyn, Jourdan Dunn, Lily Donaldson

DESIGNER BRAND - A leading British designer brand that has excelled on the international stage over the past year.
Nominees - Jimmy Choo, Agent Provocateur, Paul Smith

ISABELLA BLOW AWARD FOR FASHION CREATOR - A British stylist, make-up artist, photographer, art director or producer whose creativity has been a major inspiration and influence in the past year.
Nominees - Pat McGrath, Terry Jones, Tim Walker

RED CARPET DESIGNER - A leading British designer of couture or ready-to-wear cocktail or eveningwear that has gained exposure at red carpet events worldwide in the past year.
Nominees - Matthew Williamson, Giles Deacon, Stella McCartney

MENSWEAR DESIGNER - A leading British designer of ready-to-wear and bespoke tailoring who has been instrumental in enhancing men's fashion in the past year.
Nominees - Christopher Bailey for Burberry, Paul Smith, Richard James

ACCESSORY DESIGNER - The leading British designer of shoes, jewellery, millinery or accessories within the past year.
Nominees - Jonathan Kelsey, Rupert Sanderson, Lara Bohinc

SWAROVSKI EMERGING TALENT AWARD - READY TO WEAR - An innovative and directional designer who is emerging as an influential force in British fashion.
Nominees - Danielle Scutt, Louise Goldin, Felder Felder

SWAROVSKI EMERGING TALENT AWARD - ACCESSORIES - An innovative and directional accessories designer who is emerging as an influential force in British fashion.
Nominees - Nicholas Kirkwood, Charlotte Olympia, Anna Vince

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR -Winner announced on the evening. No shortlist available

BFC AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FASHION DESIGN - The winner of this award will be announced on 18th November 2008.

The first British Fashion Award was presented to Catherine Hamnett 24 years ago.

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