Last spring, the British Fashion Council unveiled what it described as a plan for The Fashion Awards (actually, it called the event “the Met Gala meets the Academy Awards”): a glammier, glitzier, more global version of ye olde national industry prize fest.
In case anyone was wondering exactly what that meant, on Tuesday the council took its show on the road — to Los Angeles, with a simultaneous screening in London — to announce a shortlist of nominees for the prize, to be awarded on Dec. 5. Karlie Kloss, the American model and Swarovski ambassador, was on hand for the event with Natalie Massenet, the British Fashion Council chairwoman, and Caroline Rush, its chief executive.
So far, so international. So celeb-y! So fashion-y! And so on.
Except once the nominees’ names were revealed, it was hard not to think: So much for change.