Kim Jones: GQ's Designer of the Year
Kim Jones was crowned Designer of the Year at the GQ Men of the Year ceremony last night.
The Brit has made a huge contribution to menswear, having worked with Topman, Mulberry, Hugo Boss and McQ by Alexander McQueen since his London Fashion Week debut in 2003. He has also spent time as creative director at Dunhill and currently holds the position of men's style director at Louis Vuitton.
Accepting his award, Kim was quick to thank the label for its support.
"I'd like to thank everyone at Louis Vuitton, Michael Burke [chairman and CEO at Louis Vuitton] and everyone who's supported me throughout my career, I'm keeping it short," he said.
He was introduced by BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, who described him as a "true explorer".
"He's a man that, rather than focusing on tailoring or streetwear, he manages to do both and excel in both those fields, which is why he's the most lusted after menswear designer in the world," he said. "He's sometimes about edge, sometimes about artistry, but he's always about luxury."
Another big winner on the night was Christopher Raeburn, who received the Breakthrough Designer award. His pioneering work in bringing sustainable design to mainstream fashion was acknowledged, and Christopher couldn't have been more thrilled.
"I want to say what an honour it is to be here," he began. "And I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for London Collection Menswear and I really feel very honoured actually, that three years ago we didn't have what we have today in terms of the way that menswear is seen throughout the world. We didn't have that platform, for me as a young designer, to show what I can do."