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GQ Editor, Dylan Jones, To Host The Style Awards 2009

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

One of the most influential men in fashion has been named as the hos

t for this year’s Style Awards 2009. On 22 October, the GQ Editor will host a star-studded event to crown Birmingham’s most stylish shops, bars, restaurants and celebrities.

Returning for the third consecutive year, the Style Awards 2009 will see sixteen awards including Most Stylish High Street Retailer, Most Stylish Shopping Destination, and Most Stylish Designer Retailer. There will also be awards for the city’s Most Stylish Sports Personality and Celebrity.

Seen as one of the most important and influential men in the fashion industry, Dylan Jones will be presenting all sixteen awards during the ceremony at Birmingham’s prestigious Town Hall. When talking about the awards, he said, “I am thrilled to be involved with this years Style Awards, as not only is it a glittering event, but it celebrates the art of shopping. There is no better time than now to celebrate the retail sector and encourage more people back to the high street.”

Dylan Jones has a long-established career in fashion and the media, having previously been the editor of major titles including i-D, The Face, Arena, The Observer Magazine, and The Sunday Times. He has also published the biographies of Jim Morrison and Paul Smith, as well as a number of his own titles including, ‘iPod Therefore I Am: A Personal Journey Through Music’ and ‘Mr Jones’s Rules For The Modern Man’.

Now, Jones will be bringing his expertise to a city that had undergone a massive retail renaissance in recent years. Birmingham has seen a rise in major developments like Bullring and The Mailbox, as well as becoming home to brands like Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton and Selfridges. This year also saw the city retain the position of the most popular shopping destination outside of London’s West End, for the fourth consecutive year, in the 2009 CACI Retail Figures. 

Kevin Breese, Chair of the Retail Birmingham Marketing Group said:
“It’s fantastic that someone of Dylan’s position is coming to Birmingham to host the awards. He is at the root of the UK’s, and the worlds, fashion industry and it’s great that the city is being recognised as an important part of that industry. Birmingham is well-known across the UK and Europe for its retail offering, and Style Awards are all about finding out what the people really think. It’s going to be an exciting, and very stylish, event.”

Style Awards 2009 is being organised by Retail Birmingham, with sponsorship from Advantage West Midlands and visitbirmingham.com. Last year’s event saw over 35,000 public votes, and this year the number is expected to rise. People can vote until Friday 16 October online at www.stylebirmingham.com.

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