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The Fashion Awards 2022 winners, including Bella Hadid and Valentino

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The British Fashion Council revealed the winners of the Fashion Awards 2022 in a star-studded London ceremony last night, with model Bella Hadid and designer Pierpaolo Piccioli taking home some of the biggest accolades. 

Celebrities, international models and designers flocked to the Royal Albert Hall for an evening of celebration which hailed emerging stars and established talent in the fashion industry. The annual ceremony, hosted this year by British-Jamaican actress Jodie Turner Smith, featured 23 awards including 15 Leaders of Change.

Valentino Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli won Designer of the Year after his Spring/Summer 2022 collection was heavily praised for its inclusivity. He was presented the award by English actress Florence Pugh, who regularly wears the Italian label. Balenciaga Creative Director Demna had been in the race to win before the brand’s controversial advertising campaign featured children holding teddy bears wearing bondage costumes. The luxury fashion house was shunned at the event, having been removed from the list of nominees. 

Jodie Turner-Smith. Photo by Jeff Spicer

Steven Stokey-Daley — the Creative Director of S.S.Daley — took home the British Fashion Council Foundation Award, which aims to develop new brands through grants and mentoring. The homegrown fashion house, which put on a dazzling SS23 show at London Fashion Week in October 2022, has already been worn by a string of celebrities including Harry Styles, Emma Corrin and Eddie Redmayne. 

Other highlights include Bella Hadid winning Model of the Year, which she received via video link. Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard was rightfully celebrated for his unwavering commitment to the environment with the Outstanding Achievement Award. As of September 2022, the multi-million-pound brand donates all its profits to combating climate change. 

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard

Belgian designer Raf Simons, Nina Ricci Creative Director Harris Reed and former Gucci creator Alessandro Michele were also celebrated for creativity in campaigns and collaborations. Burberry won Fashion Award for Metaverse World and Gaming Experience and Wales Bonner was named Independent British Brand. 

The awards ceremony also paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II with a segment titled ‘The Fashion Salute Show’ which featured catwalk looks from London-based designers Burberry, Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane. 

See the full list of winners below:

Designer of the Year: Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino

BFC Foundation Award: S.S.Daley

Independent British Brand: Wales Bonner

Special Recognition Award for Cultural Curation: Jefferson Hack

Leaders of Change, Creativity: Alessandro Michele, Daniel Roseberry, Harris Reed, Ibrahim Kamara, Raf Simons

Leaders of Change, Environment: Bethany Williams, Connor Ives, Gabriela Hearst, Marine Serre, Priya Ahluwalia

Leaders of Change, People: Aurora James, Harry Lambert, Julie Pelipas, Sinéad Burke, Rafael Pavarotti

Model of the Year Award: Bella Hadid

Outstanding Achievement Award: Yvon Chouinard

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Katie Grand

Fashion Award for Metaverse World and Gaming Experience: Burberry

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ICE London 2023 to feature exhibitors from record 68 nations – IAG

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Industry trade show ICE London will feature exhibitors from a record 68 nations, topping the previous best of 65 set three years ago, according to organizer Clarion Gaming.
ICE London returns as a full-sized show for the first time since 2020 from 7 to 9 February, with the total 623 exhibitors representing everything from Argentina to Australia and Macau to Mexico.
“No other exhibition in the gaming space can come anywhere near the internationalism of ICE,” said Clarion Gaming Managing Director, Stuart Hunter.
“To have 68 nations represented by our community of exhibitors means that visitors are immediately part of what is a global experience with unique access to the smartest gaming innovators drawn from every corner of the world. There are very few exhibitions of scale in any industry sector which are able to compare with such international representation and legitimately lay claim to being a ‘global’ or a ‘world’ event.
“Once an event is recognized as being genuinely international, stakeholder groups including brands, regulators, trade associations, media groups and strategic industry-wide bodies focus their activities accordingly.
“Research that we’ve undertaken has shown that for many people ICE and iGB Affiliate London actually start on the Sunday preceding and finish on the following Saturday. In that week we estimate that over 100 gambling industry events will take place outside of the show hours providing a new and compelling perspective on why ICE and iGB Affiliate London are so influential and important to the world industry.”
IAG will have a team of four at ICE London next week. Visit us at Stand ND7-C.

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David Ford and Annie Dressner Live in London

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There’s something special about London on a Saturday night – there’s a certain buzz in the air as you head into the Capital city. For me that buzz was extra special, as I was going to see David Ford and Annie Dressner at The Lexington in Islington. I literally listened to their ’10 Days (Live)’ album for the first time a week ago, but since then it’s been on repeat and heading in I knew that the night was going to be special.
The Lexington is a great place for music, with a bar on the ground floor before heading up the winding stairs to the spacious venue itself. And as the crowd started coming in, the atmosphere in the room was growing by the minute.
Opening the night was Scottish singer songwriter Gary Stewart. He set the night off really well, with an engaging set that got the crowd onside from the start. He opened with his 2021 single ‘Hot To Trot‘ and you already knew the set was going to be a good one – a rousing folk song with great lyrical dexterity. The highlight of the set was ‘Frontlines’, a simply gorgeous song (check out a YouTube video of the song here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDCLwYwsesk). Gary ended with a fine cover of Paul Simon’s ‘Song for the Asking’.
It was time for a quick visit to the bar before settling down for the main event. 
The duo appeared on the stage to great applause, David in an orange shirt and Annie in a sparkling black dress. They opened with ‘Easy Falling’, the first song that I’ve ever heard of theirs, and a song that convinced me I needed to listen to the rest of the album. This slow and moving number is a touching love song and shows off the brilliant harmonies of David and Annie – there’s something special about the English (David) and US accents (Annie) mingling in the way that they do. 
Throughout the set, there were so many highlights. ‘Something I’ll Have to Learn‘ is a song with an almost timeless feel that feels like a conversation in song, Annie’s original ‘Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names‘ was simply brilliant and ‘Some Folks Are Lucky I Guess‘ is a song with a great sentiment. ‘Can’t Help What I Want‘ (below) is a great example of those brilliant harmonies that the two share.

‘Trash‘, a cover of the Suede hit, was a particular highlight – a song that was a nice surprise on the live album. As they break into ‘Oh maybe, maybe it’s the clothes you wear‘ it almost feels like this was a song that Suede wrote for David and Annie, their version is that good. Outstanding.
The set had a second cover, a song that Annie introduced as ‘an American classic‘. This classic was ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You‘ from Chas and Dave, a song that typified the cockney sound of London back in the 1980’s. I love the way they re-worked it and there was something special about the way Annie sings the word ‘Darling’ in her US twang that just resonated and put a smile on my face.
There were great moments of humour throughout the night, the chat between the two great. At one point mid-song, Annie passed her guitar to David, exclaiming ‘I knew there were chords in this song, I just didn’t know which ones‘ which had the crowd laughing.
The best of the night was saved till last. ‘Warning Sign’ had quickly become my favourite song from the pair and hearing it live in person lived up to all expectations. There’s such a beauty in live music, and hearing songs like this with other people in a venue can really bring a song home – and almost even change your own personal relationship with a song.
The final song of the night (there was no encore as David explained that they literally had no more songs!) was ‘Put Me In A Corner’. Annie’s vocals take the lead in this track and it was just magical, the emotion of the song emanating from the stage and filling the room. You can listen and see for yourself below.

You never know what to expect when you see an artist or artists perform for the first time. Some exceed expectations and some just don’t hit the heights you expect. In David Ford and Annie Dressner, it was definitely the former. The gig was stripped back – just two people on a stage creating a moment. And what a moment it was.
Annie and David and reviewer Nick Cantwell
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***Note – I need to say a word about the audience for the gig. The audience was impeccable, with barely any talking at all at any point (apart from whispered orders at the bar). Credit goes to Gary, Annie and David, who managed to grab the audience from the start, but also to everyone there. If you were there yourself, give yourself a high five!***
Review written by Nick Cantwell (instagram.com/nickcantwellmanagement)
 
 
 


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