Orelia at The Drapers Awards!

May 13, 2014

Orelia at The Drapers Awards!

The BIG news this month was our award nomination at the Drapers Footwear & Acessories Awards 2014!

We were nominated for brand/ supplier of the year and we couldn't wait to get our Orelia glad rags on for a night of sophistication and mingling with the world of retail stars! 


So with 6 invites in hand we headed up to the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. Attendees at the event included Collette (Director), Dominic (Sales Manager) , Katy (Merchandiser), Emma G (Junior Buyer) , Helena (Designer) and Beck (E-Commerce). 


No road trip from Brighton to London or claustrophobic commuter train journey would be complete without some pre drink drinks to calm our "Ohh god we have to network" nerves!


It was safe to say that by the time we got to London we had completely switched off from work mode and we were definitely in the mood for an awards ceremony! Thanks so much Gordon's xx

It was a little bit hit or miss as to whether we'd get there on time for the free pre dinner drinks due to the tube strikes and a gigantic queue at the taxi rank, but we made it just in time for the first glass of champagne of the night!  


We even had our photo taken by the Drapers professional photographer. Our dreams of making the Drapers Awards flickr account had been fulfilled! YEY!


(Please note that having a fringe was not an obligatory invite ruling along with the black tie dress code! As you can see from the photo Dominic doesn't have a fringe or a tux on.) 

So as we were at our first (of many I'm sure!) awards ceremonies we thought we'd have a go at an "Oscars Selfie" this was a one try wonder!

We later found ourselves on the big Twitter screen thanks to Helena! Everyone was hash tagging the drapers awards in their photos, so our "Oscars selfie" became a world exclusive Drapers Orelia selfie! #DrapersFAAwards


The awards was hosted by the presenter and well known One Direction cougar Caroline Flack who looked absolutely gorgeous in a strapless black jump suit and killer yellow heels. We were pleasantly surprised at how good she was at hosting and also how tiny she is! Helena and Katy did some star stalking to try and get her picture but she disappeared as soon as the awards were over. Another celeb spot was Lucy from Towie!  

Anyway back to the awards! We were lucky enough to be sharing our table with the lovely family behind the footwear brand Lele PyP who were up for footwear designer of the year award!


When she won we were pretty certain that meant we were on a winning table and we started getting the speeches ready and deciding how best to approach the stage in our heels! 

So our award nomination came and went, the lovely people at Lily and Lionel won the brand/ supplier of the year award. A well deserved winner who make and supply beautiful scarves, we now have a new scarf fetish! 

 So the motto of our first awards outing, (did I mention it was our first award nomination!) is that it's the taking part that counts...not just the winning!


So our night proceeded with a lot of dancing and fun in the photo booth! 

We did find an award just sitting on it's own on a table.....

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