Soon to retire from her 26 year reign as Fashion Director of The Daily Telegraph, The British Fashion Council and Telegraph joined forces to show their appreciation and provide a suitably stylish send-off.
While guests including Vivienne Westwood, Sarah Burton, Margaret Howell and Roland Mouret enjoyed the multi-tiered macaroon cake complete with marzipan catwalk models, Sarah Burtons butterfly adorned artwork and Christopher Baileys hand-drawn portrait, not to mention hundreds of pictures interspersed with her signature tribal necklaces, all made for a touching tribute to one of the industrys most influential and driven figures.
Kicking off the speeches was Harold Tillman who described Hilary as The heart of London Fashion Week and an inspiration to young journalists who has helped establish London as one of the best fashion capitals. Thanking her for her contribution to the industry, he added She lights up British fashion A natural born rebel, we thank you.
Suzy Menkes, Fashion Editor of the International Herald Tribune and Hilarys front row companion followed with a heartfelt and witty speech, where she recalled Hilarys fantastic energy as well as presenting a photo diary capturing Hilary with the many designers she has supported over the years.
Tony Gallagher, Editor of The Telegraph, who thanked her for never-ending determination to get fashion as front page news went on to introduce a s More