A few months ago I was invited to sit on a judging panel for a new programme in London. Dulux paint decided it was time to honour colour in the world today and in my opinion, this couldn’t have come at a better time. Spring is just around the corner and the catwalks from London to New York were covered in colour for the season that is upon us.
However, fashion was just a small part of what we were examining for awards in colour this year. The Dulux Let’s Colour Awards looked at colour in everything from technology to events. The brand had gathered some of the most respected names in and around the UK for a full day of nominating and judging who we believe to be the best ambassadors of colour in the UK today. We came together at The Sanderson in London, where we were surrounded by original use of colour and design. A perfect location, if you ask me, for an inspiring day ahead. The day itself was, let’s just say, a bit more intense than I had anticipated. When you surround a table with incredibly creative and passionate individuals, there are bound to be a few heated debates. We had several and we survived! It just goes to show how badly we wanted our selected nominees to win.
We all said our goodbyes after the final votes had been cast and agreed to reconvene on the big night of the actual awards ceremony…
The Dulux Let’s Colour Awards took place at the end of February. There are no words to describe how hard it was to keep my mouth shut for so long as to who the actual winners were. As my department was fashion, I have to say that the winners selected could not have been more on the money.
I am very pleased to announce that Susie Lau, aka Style Bubble, won for Colour Ambassador of the year. This was one vote that had my full support as when it comes to colour, there is no one that sticks out more in my mind than this beautiful blogger. Susie has always filled her site with images of herself in every colour you can imagine. She’s truly fearless when it comes to fashion and she uses colour as a powerful tool in composing her ensembles. Not only does Susie support colour in fashion, she also spends a great deal of time championing the young designers in London who take risks with colour every season. For me, there was no other winner for this category. So congrats, Susie! This was an award many years in the making.
The second category for fashion was for Best Use of Colour in Fashion or Beauty. Anyone that attended the Spring Summer 2013 catwalk for Sister by Sibling will understand why this designing trio took home the award in this category. Take colour away from this catwalk and you would have a very different presentation. Again, this is a colour award that went to a truly fearless advocate of colour in the world of fashion. I’m now actually picturing Susie Lau in Sister by Sibling… I think we need to make this happen for a photoshoot, Dulux!
This was the first year for the Dulux Let’s Colour Awards and the winners from every category were outstanding. Oh, and did I mention Hilary Alexander presented the whole event? I’m not really sure how they’re going to top this for 2014 but I can’t wait to see them try!
Thank you, Dulux, for choosing to include me in such a prestigious grouping of talents across the UK. The winners were truly extraordinary, as was the judging panel that selected them.
List of winners for all categories for the Dulux Let’s Colour Awards 2013:
use of Colour in Homes & Interiors
use of colour in Fashion & Beauty
Sister by Sibling
Innovation in Technology & Design
Philips ‘Hue’ Light Bulb
use of Colour in the Arts
Lenticular artwork by Sam Coldy
Moment of the Year
The Producers of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony
Wildflower Meadows at the London Olympics