The last event to end the wonderful BritWeek in Los Angeles was with Philip Treacy and Christopher Guy Harrison in celebration of the 2nd Annual BritWeek Design Award. This magnificent event took place in West Hollywood at the now open Christopher Guy flagship luxury furnishings showroom the evening of May 5th, 2012.
Many of the who’s who of British celebrities such as Lady Victoria Hervey, Dr. Lisa Masterson (The Doctors), Lady Kinvara Balfour, Aaron Spears (The Bold & The Beautiful), Adrienne Wilkinson, Bob Mackie (Designer), Llyod Klein (Designer), Bobby Trendy (TV Personality/Designer), Martin Lawarence Bullard, Silvia Damiani (Designer), Hutton Wilkinson (Designer), Duchess von Schoeneberg, Sandra Vidal , David Shark, Tom Hallick, and Clement Von Frackenstein, attended in reverence of Christopher Guy Harrison’s new showroom and congratulations towards 2nd Annual BritWeek Design Award winners.
Upon entrance to Guy Harrison’s showroom, guests were greeted by men in hardhats serving cocktails on trays; an interesting aspect to the overall eclectic concept of the show. Walking to the left, a room with standing tables and bar made out of ice were center focus. Once guests received drinks of their selection, they would then walk back into the main room containing the “hall of mirrors” - a very unique and clever display of modern and Victorian inspired mirrors part of the new creative showcasing space. As guests made their way out of the hall of mirrors, a slight incline into the grand showroom area contained magnificent pieces of furniture inspired by art deco and international influences evident in the simultaneously geometric and curvature aspect of each piece. The palette highlighted variations in neutral with hints of greens, gold, and silver in addition to black and white combinations.
Conscientious of amazing and talented participation; it was extremely difficult for judges to choose. The resulting conclusion was a tie - Rana Desar from UCLA Extension Arc and Patrice Yagen from the Academy of Art University both received second place. Both women were filled with thrilled excitement upon walked up to accept recognition. First place was awarded to Karolina Kurek from Otis College of Art and Design. The second place winners received a trip to London to visit the Christopher Guy UK operations as well as a four day trip to visit the Christopher Guy exhibit during the Maison et Objet exhibition in Paris. While the first place winner received all of that as well as a one-month internship in the Christopher Guy headquarters in Singapore, during the month internship the winner will have the opportunity to work one on one with Christopher Guy and the others as they develop their new collection.
After announcement of BritWeek Design Award winners, Philip Treacy came to the floor to quickly speak on his new collection. Followed by an informal runway show featuring his new collection of couture headwear, this amazing show featured headwear from nouveau pieces resembling everything from an eye, animals and a spaceship to more classic headwear pieces accented by a glimmering sheen.
Each ensemble individually stood out, telling a dynamic story of where the inspiration originated. Philip Treacy was given an award for his outstanding work, with an after party discussion on poignant reference to the outstanding collection just shown. A wonderful way to end BritWeek, the evening was a success and amazing beginning for Christopher Guy’s newly opened showroom.
Christopher Guy Harrison Showroom
8900 Beverly Blvd. West Hollywood CA, 90048