The tombola Style Awards

The Elle tombola Style Awards

The Elle Style Awards marked the close of this year’s London Fashion Week last Tuesday, and there has been a lot of fashion-based chat around the Loose Women table ever since. From Anna Wintour’s famous sunglasses, to Vivienne Westwood’s disappointment when her granddaughter failed to attend her show – the panel discussed it all.

Here at tombola, we’ve been known to nurture a passion for fashion, not to mention music and films! So with the Elle Style Awards over for another year, we decided to host a little Style Awards of our own, with help from a few of our favourite bloggers…

Model of the Year

Fashion blogger Paula from put forward Harley Viera-Newton for Model of the Year:

“Although not hugely well-known as a model, she is most likely to have been heard of as a DJ (through Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label), and for appearing at only the coolest fashion events. In terms of modelling, she is more photographic than runway, having appeared in campaigns for Net-A-Porter and Hermes as well as features in both Vogue and Elle magazine. Part of the Alexa Chung set, she is a big fixture on social media channels and so incredibly stylish in a very simple and pared down way, with her signature wavy blonde, waist-length hair.”

Actress of the Year


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Paula also nominated a very deserving Actress of the Year – none other than Rosamund Pike:

“I have always found her style to be so chic, both on the red carpet and off. Best known for her appearances in Bond movies and period dramas, she has recently been brought to attention once again in the amazing film, Gone Girl. The book was incredible, and she managed to make the role her own as well as being true to the original story. Already much-acclaimed, she is very deserving of this title.”

Designer of the Year

We also spoke to the lovely Laura from fashion blog, who nominated her Designer of the Year, Burberry:

“Burberry consistently produce clothes that show creativity and push boundaries, but are wearable in everyday life. This year, detail has been key, with bold statement pieces gracing the catwalk, including fringing. Whilst still remaining edgy they have seamlessly mastered designs which can be transitioned off the catwalk.”

Musician of the Year


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Laura also told us Ed Sheeran is the perfect candidate for the Musician of the Year category at our little awards ceremony:

“Ed Sheeran’s song-writing is a cut above his current peers. Whilst popular songs with generic lyrics dominate the charts, Ed writes from the heart about serious and thought-provoking topics, showing a rare song writing ability at this present time.”

Style Icon of the Year

We asked Em Sheldon from who she thought was delivering the goods when it came to style:

“Style Icon of the Year was no contest for me – it has to be the effortlessly stylish Alexa Chung. Mixing designer pieces and high-street favourites with one-of-a-kind vintage finds, Alexa’s quirky look is much-emulated but rarely achieved. So much so, in fact, that she bagged herself a fashion campaign with Longchamp! Long live the Chung!”

Woman of the Year


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Em also helped us decide on the winner of Women of the Year – possibly the most difficult decision of them all!

“There were countless contenders for tombola’s Woman of the Year, from actresses to activists. In the end, I ended up choosing a woman who is actually a bit of both… Emma Watson. She’s spent the year campaigning tirelessly for gender equality and women’s rights, all between attending awards shows and premieres in the most beautiful outfits. Emma, I salute you.”

Do you agree with our list of winners? Or would you prefer to see someone else crowned in their place? We’d love to hear your nominations!

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