The 17th annual edition of the Walpole British Luxury Awards was a star-studded affair celebrating the luxury industry’s standout individuals, brands and experiences. Hosted at the elegant Ballroom at The Dorchester, Monday’s dreary November rain was no deterrent to the event’s some-375 guests, who turned up in their droves donning smart black-tie attire.
Best in show: The Walpole British Luxury Awards 2018
20th November 2018
Taking place at The Dorchester, the starry annual awards ceremony saw some of luxury’s top brands scoop well-deserved accolades
After a Laurent-Perrier champagne reception and delectable three-course dinner of gin-and-tonic salmon, roast duck with sweet potato puree, and passionfruit and mango dacquoise, Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank gave a short speech. Then, it was time for world-famous actor Jason Isaacs to take to the stage to host the awards ceremony – donning a tux by Walpole member Henry Poole & Co, naturallement. Some of the top prizes included Luxury Legend, which footwear designer Manolo Blahnik received in recognition of his stellar 40-year career, alongside British Luxury Overseas, as won by Fortnum & Mason. Luxury travel specialist Belmond scooped the coveted British Luxury Brand award, while the V&A’s Fashioned from Nature exhibition won Luxury With a Heart.
Following the awards, attendees enjoyed an after-party hosted by the Dovetail Agency Cocktail Club, in which Royal Salute whisky and The Lakes Explorer gin and tonics – not to mention the ever-present champers – were enjoyed against DJ sets and a live sax session.
The Walpole British Luxury Award Winners:
British Luxury Brand (in association with Laurent-Perrier)
Belmond, hotels & luxury travel
Luxury Legend (in association with The Times Luxx & Style)
Manolo Blahnik, footwear designer
Luxury Leader (in association with G.F. Smith)
Alison Loehnis, President of Net-a-Porter & Mr Porter
Luxury Maker of the Year (in association with Elite Associates)
Mulberry, leather bags, accessories, womenswear & travel collections
British Luxury Overseas (in association with Forter)
Fortnum & Mason, luxury department store
Creative Collaboration (in association with LetsBab)
Royal Ballet x Erdem, costume designs for international celebrations of the Leonard Bernstein centenary
Luxury with a Heart (in association with MyLoveAffair)
V&A: Fashioned from Nature, an exhibition exploring the relationship between style and the natural world
Cultural Contribution (in association with Wearisma)
Natalie Livingstone & Tina Brown: Cliveden Literary Festival
The Brands of Tomorrow Award for Emerging Talent (in association with Mishcon de Reya)
DeMellier, handcrafted bags. Luke Edward Hall, interiors. Rory Dobner, illustration & homeware. The Vampire’s Wife, womenswear.