Who Is London's Fashion Icon?

By Lindsey Last edited 102 months ago
Who Is London's Fashion Icon?

Oxford Street fashion by Pit Van Meeffe

The British Fashion Awards complete the 25th anniversary celebrations of the British Fashion Council next month with their annual awards ceremony. London Fashion Week had some cool, original artwork created for the tube and to cap off the style year, the British Fashion Council has created a one off award, based on a popular poll, to mark the occasion. The special gong will "recognise an individual who embodies the spirit of London and is an international ambassador for the capital".

So, who do you think is London's style icon? Naturally, some names have already been put forward. There's Croydon lass, Kate Moss, supermarket style queen Alexa Chung, Debenham's favourite Matthew Williamson, greenie Beatle offspring, Stella McCartney and TopShop supremo, Sir Phillip Green among others. But we don't think any of them really epitomise the "spirit of London" nor reflect the creativity and innate sense of personal style us Londoners emanate. What about the Pearly King of Camberwell? Boris Johnson and his rumpled suit (not to mention the award winning barnet)? No one rocks formal daywear like the Queen, surely? And what about ceramics eccentric, darling Grayson Perry?

We know you can come up with the perfect recipient of the London 25 prize. Vote here to ensure a truly deserving Londoner bags the glory and let us know in the comments who you pervert the poll with plump for.

The British Fashion Awards take place on 9th December at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Last Updated 11 November 2009


It's hard to come up with a convincing argument for why it isn't Kate Moss.

She's become so synonymous with London that she overrides everyone else (and her association with Top Shop more or less kills off any chance Sir Philip Green would have). She's got the profile and is basically treated as being the face of London fashion by the media across the world.

I don't necessarily think that she's the best fashion icon for London and I'd love to come up with a suggestion that could trump her but I don't think I would be able to. The spirit of London (or at least of London fashion, and I know I'm going to be shot down for this) could probably be far better summed up by grabbing a few people from the bars and venues around Shoreditch and Dalston) but, surely, to be an icon you have to recognisable to a large number of people.