Suzy Menkes

28 November 2013
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Suzy Menkes

Suzy Menkes will receive a Special Recognition Award at the British Fashion Awards for her remarkable 25 year-long career at the International Herald Tribune, now The International New York Times.

Suzy joined the IHT in 1988 and holds the position of International Fashion Editor. She is much loved and respected by fashion houses, designers and fashion media alike. A graduate of Cambridge University, where she was the university newspaper’s first female editor, she has previously worked for The Times, The London Evening Standard and the Independent. Suzy holds the Legion d’Honneur in France and a British OBE.

Chris Moore, photographer and founder of, commented: “'To say Suzy Menkes is to say fashion. It's an honour to have worked for her to 25 years.”

Sarah Burton OBE, Creative Director at Alexander McQueen commented: “There is no one that I have more respect for than Suzy. Everything she does, she does with such energy and integrity. She writes with depth and hers are the words I read for advice and inspiration. She is truly brilliant and there's no other more deserving of the honour.”

"Suzy is the fastest-mover in the west - or east. I have only ever beaten her to the race backstage about three times in fifteen years. The brain under that front-roll is a phenomenon. I'm in awe of the agenda-setting pieces she pens between Milan and Paris which both interrogate fashion's motives and put it in its rightful cultural and economic place. Besides that, she's the greatest defender of journalistic integrity, the greatest inspiration and the naughtiest wit I know."- Sarah Mower, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent and Contributing Editor, Vogue USA
Simone Rocha commented: "It is an honour to be reviewed by Suzy, her words are always astute and sincere. She has a true understanding of the beauty of fashion and her words make you believe in it."

Stephen Jones OBE commented: “Suzy is fashion. Suzy is the bench mark by which all others are judged. Few come close in authority, experience, judgement and hair do.”

Susannah Frankel, Fashion Director at Grazia Magazine commented: “There are so many people reviewing fashion today but Suzy is still the person who, for me, best brings the clothes themselves to life. She is, of course, also brilliant at putting fashion into a broader cultural context but, if I miss a show, and read her commentary it's almost as if I can see the collection in front of me. She makes that seem easy but it's anything but. Add to that the fact that she is as sharp as a knife, as generous towards and interested in newcomers as she the big guns... Suzy is an incredible journalist and an incredible woman.”

The award ceremony, set to take place on 2nd December at the London Coliseum, is attended by influential industry leaders, designers, models, retailers and celebrities and is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the outstanding global influence of the British fashion industry. Nominees for this year’s prizes include Marc Jacobs, Anya Hindmarch, Victoria Beckham, Mary Katrantzou, Raf Simons, Nicholas Kirkwood and Cara Delevingne.

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