Birmingham Style Awards

Birmingham's 2009 Style Awards hit town with GQ magazine editor Dylan Jones taking the podium as event host. Sat Bal joined dinner guests to watch the region’s venues, retailers and personalities stake their awards claim at the event.


When commercial manager Charlotte Torlo invited Red Carpet to view Birmingham’s Town Hall we felt that the visit would be more fruitful in the colour of a live event. A week later (thanks to the Rewired PR team) we witnessed the venue come alive in the glitz of the Style Awards at a ceremony that visibly demonstrated the Town Hall’s events potential and versatility following a  recent £35m renovation.


Beverley Knight performs at the ceremony

The 1834 building lost none of its historic pomp as cameras, screens and lighting moved into place under the instruction of JLP Events' production team. An engaging blend of 19th century architecture and 21st  century technical prowess set the scene for a polished awards ceremony hosted by GQ's Dylan Jones in front of around 300 guests.
Mark Davies GM Hotel du vin, Jo Brain Malmaison and John Kerton JLP Events

The Style Awards represents a barometer of local consumer preference. Winners are decided by some 12,000 voters online at stylebirmingham.com. The VIP night was lubricated with a champagne reception followed by a three-course dinner as winners trooped up to the stage to shake their trophies at ground level dinner guests while an audience filled the upper balcony. 
Benjamin Ryan win Most Stylish Hair & Beauty Retailer - Ben Matthews and Claudia Santillo

Celebrations continued at the official afterparty held at the Malmaison hotel, which itself picked up two gongs for "Most Stylish Place to Drink and Most Stylish Place to Stay" at the event which was  supported by the region’s development agency, Advantage West Midlands, Visitbirmingham.com and Heart FM and organised by Retail Birmingham.. 
Most Stylish High Street Retailer, Topshop, with Alan Chatham, chair of Retail Birmingham

The smattering of celebrity included a live, rousing performance by Beverley Knight and a virtual Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne who beamed in a video message. Elsewhere, ex-Busted singer, Matt Willis, and his TV presenter wife, Emma Willis mingled with  X-Factor contestant  Niki Evans, graffiti artist Temper and BBC Midlands Today's Suzanne Virdee. 

Beverley Knight, who’s rehearsing for her tour, won Birmingham’s "Most Stylish Celebrity".
See Dylan Jones' style tips in Red Carpet's Profiles section.    

List of winners - Style Awards 2009:                                               

Most Stylish High Street Retailer: Topshop 
Most Stylish Shopping Destination: Bullring
Most Stylish Jewellery & Accessories Retailer: Harvey Nichols
Most Stylish Shoe Retailer (Large Store): Selfridges
Most Stylish Shoe Retailer (Standalone Store): Kurt Geiger
Most Stylish Department Store: Selfridges
Most Stylish Place to Drink: Malmaison
Most Stylish Eatery : Hotel du Vin
Most Stylish Place to Stay: Malmaison
Most Stylish Designer Retailer: Harvey Nichols
Best Value Retailer: Primark
Birmingham’s Most Stylish Celebrity: Beverley Knight
Birmingham’s Most Stylish Sports Personality: Ashley Young
Birmingham’s Most Stylish Independent Retailer: Disorder
Birmingham’s Most Stylish Hair & Beauty Retailer: Benjamin Ryan Hair
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