The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced Peter Pilotto as the winner of this year’s BFC Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. The Fund provides one designer with a bespoke, high level mentoring support programme over a twelve month period, as well as a £200,000 grant to provide necessary infrastructure to take them to the next stage in their business.

Emilia Wickstead, House of Holland, Mary Katrantzou, Osman, Peter Pilotto and Zoe Jordan were shortlisted for the 2014 prize and were invited to present their collections and five year business plans to the Fund judging committee which is made up of representatives from businesses who support the Fund and industry experts.

Alexandra Shulman, Editor of British Vogue and Chair of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, commented: “Christopher and Peter are deserved winners of this year’s fund award. They have remained true to their vision of a print and colour focused brand but have managed to expand and grow the business to a level where they can now compete on an international stage. It’s a pleasure to be able to support them.”

Caroline Rush, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council, commented: “Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos are an incredibly dynamic design team, who since launching their label in 2007, have won the hearts and minds of the industry and the public with their vibrant colours and unforgettable prints. They demonstrated they are a thriving fashion label with a great vision to take the next step in building a global designer fashion brand.”

Since its inception the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund has supported Nicholas Kirkwood (2013), Jonathan Saunders (2012), Christopher Kane (2011) and Erdem (2010).

Freak Deluxe’s Fashion Night Out

Last week Leigh (@stylecanteen) and I stepped out for Vogue Fashion’s Night Out. There were so many things to do, it literally made my head hurt. I made a list of faves, places that I definitely wanted to hit that night.

First stop was Bond St, for a Chanel manicure! I was so excited to get my nails done in the new Khaki vernis, alas the queue was too long, so I headed off to Nicole Farhi for a crepe.

Crepe done we hopped, skipped, and jumped across the road for the Louis Vuitton event where Alice Dellal was DJing. We queued up to get our photo taken in the LV photo booth with our handmade accessories made from Vogue covers.

Down the street One Night Only were playing in Burberry, the lead singer wore the black shearling jacket. I’m sure that jacket is just like a pair of Ray-Ban sunnies, anyone that puts it on is instantly HOT. Leigh couldn’t help but try one on too, she is desperate to get one for herself.

Vivienne Westwood and Moschino were CUTE, I so want one of these bags to sleep in!

One of my last stops was Furla, where I had an Oz Bella cocktail made with berries and Isolobella Sambuca. I was given a liquorish straw to drink it with, it was delish! The event coincided with the new Wizard of Oz collection by Furla.

A perfect end to a great night. Can’t wait for the next one!