As a rock chick turned radio DJ, Lauren Laverne knows how to climb the career ladder so she was the perfect host of Red Magazine’s Hot Women Awards. The awards honour the most successful women in every industry from fashion to sport to food and Very was a proud guest at the swish ceremony at the St Pancras Hotel in London. We felt inspired by Harriet Lamb, the director of the Fairtrade Foundation who is fighting to get countries a good deal for fairtrade produce and honoured to meet stage designer Es Devlin who is in charge of building all the sets for the Olympics. It shows women really can rise to the top at whatever they put their mind to.
But the best part of our afternoon – aside from the delicious pink cupcakes – was the opportunity to have an exclusive chat with the super successful Lauren Laverne. The talented star was competing against Blur and Oasis when she was in the rock group Kenickie. Now a mother of two, her 6 Music show is one of the most popular on the station. And did you notice that she knows how to dress well?
We asked Lauren all about what inspires her and asked for advice about how she prepared for getting ready for a big event. Watch our exclusive video below.
Wonder if she really does have 8,000 pairs of shoes in her wardrobe? If so we want to borrow some! Her dress and necklace also looked gorgeous and you can find a similar dress and necklace to what she’s wearing at Very. The French Connection velvet spot dress and the diamante and pearl floral necklace look stunning together.
Other VIPs at the event included Louise Redknapp and wife of the ex-Prime Minister, Sarah Brown, who handed over the awards in a relaxed, afternoon tea style setting. The full list of winners are:
Sasha Wilkins, Liberty London Girl,
Es Devlin, stage designer for the Olympics
Ethical / Eco
Harriet Lamb, executive director, Fairtrade Foundation
Angela Ahrendts, chief executive officer, Burberry
Kate Burns, outgoing senior vice president, sales and operations, AOL Europe
Alex Crawford, Sky News special correspondent
Sarah West, Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy
Cherry Canovan, physicist
Rose Gray Food Pioneer
April Bloomfield, co-owner and head chef at The Spotted Pig, New York
Julie Deane and Freda Thomas, Cambridge Satchel Company
Women to Watch
Barbara Soetan, social campaigne
It’s so nice to celebrate sisterhood rather than being mean about others. Can’t wait for the event next year! x