Genlux magazine and BritWeek teamed up for what they hope will be
an ongoing affair: Their first annual Designer of the Year awards and fashion show. The evening, which benefited Project Angel Food, honored two distinguished British designers: Todd Lynn, as Designer of the Year, and Rupert Sanderson, as Accessory Designer of the Year.
BritWeek co-chairman Nigel Lythgoe charmed us as the evening’s MC, and
co-chairman British Consul-General Bob Peirce and his wife, Sharon Harroun Peirce, presented the designers with their beautiful crystal awards.
Musical guest Morganne delighted the crowd that included Dita Von Teese,
Rumer Willis, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Ali Sims, and Beau Dunn, with renditions
of “Imagine” and “History Repeating” just before Lynn’s collection—the only
Paris or London Fashion Week Fall ’09 runway show to appear in LA this year—made its triumphant strut down the 100-foot runway to a standing ovation.
Perhaps the evening’s only glitch was its rather abrupt ending. Immediately
following the awards presentation, Nigel announced, “Okay, I’m told we have to get out now. They’re going to turn off the power!” Apparently, the Pacific Design Center adheres to some strict time limits.