There’s nothing that means more to us than seeing women empower women and share in their success. Giving us more reason to believe in #GirlLove is the testament of friendship we saw on the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Awards stage. Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex surprised her wedding dress designer, Claire Waight Keller, the Creative Director of luxury fashion label, Givenchy with a prestigious award.
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“I recently read that the culture of fashion has changed from where it was once ‘cool to be cruel’ to now where it is ‘cool to be kind’. I feel especially proud to announce tonight’s winner, who is a British designer leading on the global stage with vision and creativity, but also with incredible kindness.” – The Duchess of Sussex presents @clarewaightkeller with her award for British Designer of the Year – Womenswear at the @britishfashioncouncil Fashion Awards. The award recognised Clare Waight Keller’s formidable contribution as a British fashion designer to the industry this year and was decided by a panel of over 2,000 international industry experts. Clare is the Creative Director of International fashion house @givenchyofficial.
Meghan was the surprise presenter for the evening. She was dressed in a one-shoulder black dress from the same luxury label as she presented the award to her dear friend and wedding dress designer for British Designer Of The Year, Womenswear. The friendship they shared was evidently seen as the two shared a laugh and warm hugs on the Fashion Awards stage. But what hit us in the feels the most was this snippet from Duchess’ speech for Claire Waight Keller.
“Sometimes it’s very personal, sometimes it’s emotional. But for me, this connection is rooted in really being able to understand that it’s about supporting and empowering each other, especially as women. When we choose to wear a certain designer, we’re not just a reflection of their creativity and their vision but we’re also an extension of their values of something in the fabric, so to speak, that is much more meaningful.”
The award honoured Clare for her significant contribution to the industry this year and was chosen as best womenswear designer for the year 2018, as chosen by a panel of over two thousand industry experts. With Meghan cheering her on and her ace style sensibilities we’re sure, Claire Waight Keller will continue to be on top of the fashion game.
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The ultimate surprise – the very special moment that I discovered #meghanmarkle #duchessofsussex was going to give me the award for Womenswear Designer of the Year. Such an extraordinary moment of emotion and love for this amazing woman who changed my life ? thank you @givenchyofficial
Now isn’t this the sweetest thing you’ve read today?