Suzy Menkes is to receive the special recognition prize at next week’s 2013 British Fashion Awards.
The honour celebrates the fashion journalist’s 25-year career at the International Herald Tribune, now The International New York Times.
Suzy, who already holds the Legion d’Honneur in France and an OBE, will receive the award on December 2 at the star-studded event taking place at the London Coliseum.
“Suzy is the fastest-mover in the west – or east,” said Sarah Mower, British Fashion Council ambassador for emerging talent. “The brain under that front-roll is a phenomenon.”
After graduating from British university Cambridge, having been the university newspaper’s first female editor, Suzy went on to work for The Times, The Evening Standard and The Independent.
In 1988 she joined the International Herald Tribune where she remains a leading fashion journalist.
“I’m in awe of the agenda-setting pieces she pens between Milan and Paris which both interrogate fashion’s motives and put it in its rightful cultural and economic place,” Sarah added in a statement.
“Besides that, she’s the greatest defender of journalistic integrity, the greatest inspiration and the naughtiest wit I know.”
Suzy is renowned for being outspoken when it comes to fashion and she didn’t hold back when she spoke to former Executive Director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Fern Mallis, back in May.
During the interview, Suzy slammed inexpensive clothing made in poor countries.
“There has to be a change in mind-set by the consumer,” she argued. “It’s about saying there is something morally wrong about having a swimsuit or dress that costs the same as a cappuccino.”
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