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Birmingham’s Most Stylish Crowned at Style Awards

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Birmingham’s most stylish shops, bars, venues and celebrities have been crowned at the Style Awards 2009.

Last week saw over 300 VIP’s attend the star-studded event at Birmingham’s Town Hall for the third-annual Style Awards. Organised by Retail Birmingham, the awards celebrate the places and people keeping the city at the height of the fashion game.

The winner’s of Style Awards 2009 are:

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

The final award was voted for by a Retail Birmingham panel of judges and was for a retail personality working in the city, with outstanding customer service. The Award went to Sharon Bains from French Connection.

Style Awards 2009 was hosted by GQ Editor, Dylan Jones, who was joined by a number of celebrity and industry guests to present the 16 awards. The winner’s were decided by 12,000 of the city’s shoppers who voted online at stylebirmingham.com.

Due to illness, Mica Paris was unable to perform at the awards, but winner of Birmingham’s Most Stylish Celebrity, Beverley Knight, took time away from rehearsals for her forthcoming tour to sing a three-song set. There were also special video messages from Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, and winner of Most Stylish Sports Personality, Ashley Young. Additional celebrity guests on the night included ex-Busted singer, Matt Willis, and his TV Presenter wife, Emma Willis; X-Factor contestant and West End Star, Niki Evans; and graffiti artist Temper.

The stylish VIP’s began the night with an exclusive champagne reception, followed by 3-course dinner at the Town Hall. After the awards, guests continued the celebrations at the official after party held at Malmaison, which picked up two gongs on the night for Most Stylish Place to Drink and Most Stylish Place to Stay.


Birmingham’s Most Stylish Designer Retailer, Harvey Nichols, with Emma Willis


Birmingham Most Stylish Shopping Destination, Bullring, with Ed James and Rachel New from Heart FM Breakfast

Style Awards 2009 was supported by the region’s development agency, Advantage West Midlands, Visitbirmingham.com, and Heart FM.

For details of the winners and images from the night, go to www.stylebirmingham.com.


— All Photographs by Andy Espin

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