Karl Lagerfeld to be Honored with Outstanding Achievement Award

Image via Chanel’s Instagram 

Karl Lagerfeld is having a big week, which we’d imagine is pretty standard for the fashion giant. Following the news of his guest appearance on Kim Kardashian’s wildly successful mobile app, the British Fashion Council announced today the 82-year-old designer will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award on Nov. 23 at the British Fashion Awards.

Lagerfeld joins an impressive lineup of previous winners, including Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour, iD Founders Terry and Tricia Jones and Designer Manolo Blahnik. His award is in recognition of the designer’s impressive lifelong contributions to the industry as creative director of luxury labels Chanel and Fendi.

“Karl Lagerfeld defines outstanding,” said British Fashion Council Chairman Natalie Massenet. “In Karl’s hands the future of fashion will be an exceptional one.”

BFC Announces Fashion Film Winners + 9 of the Best Fashion Films We’ve Ever Seen

Gareth Pugh FW13. Photo: Leandro Justen/BFAnyc.com

Fashion shows and front rows… concepts we’re all used to. It’s the alternative media, the additions and extras, that seem to be gathering speed. Productions, performances, and film are all becoming de rigueur, and the British Fashion Council is continuing to take note.

The program, started in 2012, has helped to fund films for designers such as Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders, and Nicholas Kirkwood, pairing them with director/producers like Nick Knight and Ellen Von Unwerth. This year the recipients are Gareth Pugh, House of Holland, and Jean-Pierre Braganza.

The films will debut in the tents during London Fashion Week.

Fashion films draw a deeper connection between the brand and the viewer, offering an extra glimpse inside the designer’s world. These are some of the best we’ve ever seen, from models dancing to Pitbull at Lanvin to a Lena Dunham directed short on the topic of best friends. Enjoy.


Lanvin Fall Winter 2011 campaign video starring Karen Elson and Raquel Zimmermann (to the tune of Pitbull’s “I Know You Want Me”)


WREN’s “First Kiss” video, which went completely viral, featured pairs of people meeting and kissing for the first time on camera


Yohji Yamamoto on the rituals of “Getting There” for Nowness


The revival of Bon Qui Qui by Alexander Wang


Karl Lagerfeld’s fairy tale for Chanel


Rye Rye performs in Prabal Gurung


Prada presents “A Therapy” by Roman Polanski, starring Ben Kingsley and Helena Bonham Carter


In bed with Cara Delevingne for LOVE


Lena Dunham’s short film “Best Friends” for Rachel Antonoff


+ Watch an amazing Rag & Bone video featuring Lil Buck and Mikhail Baryshnikov dancing together 

Erdem Wins Big

If you’re not already familiar with Erdem, the structural yet highly feminine women’s fashion line out of London, you should be. The namesake line of Royal College of London grad Erdem Moralioglu just landed the coveted British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund award. (Think of it as the Brit equivalent of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award.) “Moralioglu was short-listed for the fund – open to U.K.-based designers with established businesses – alongside the labels Angel Jackson, Christopher Kane, Clements Ribeiro, E. Tautz, Marios Schwab, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Richard Nicoll,” says Women’s Wear Daily. (Read: stiff competition.) “I CANNOT believe it’s happened, it’s wild, really incredible. I’m totally shocked,” the designer told Vogue UK.

The prize: over £200,000, which is a substantial boost to any fledgling designer’s business. With it, the designer plans to “hire more staff and invest in a new space,” he told Vogue UK last week. For an overview of past looks from Erdem’s collections, check out a slideshow on the Telegraph here. With fans including the UK’s First Lady Sarah Brown and Barney’s Creative Director Julie Gilhart, this is surely a label that will be making waves for seasons to come.