LFW: Wandsworth-resident and stylist to the stars heads up judging panel at the Britain’s Top Designer Award

Diversity, Stars, and Goodwill come together this fashion week when current Celebrity Stylist Bernard Connolly beckons as the head judge of Britain’s Top Designer Award.

Head judge Bernard Connolly
Britain’s Top Designer Head judge & Fashion Expert Bernard Connolly

Wandsworth resident and celebrity stylist, currently heading up styling at Britain’s Next Top Model on Lifetime TV, Bernard Connolly will be presiding over the next future design talent as head judge on Sunday, the 18th of February 2018, 7:30 pm, at Fashions Finest near Covent Garden at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in, 61-65 Great Queen St, London WC2B 5DA.

Bernard studied at the London’s most famous fashion college Saint Martins, achieving a fashion degree at the highest level and has since worked with some of the most famous Fashion Designers in the world, including Zandra Rhodes, Anthony Price as well as supporting new designers such as Jacob Kimme, Hannah Marshall.


Bernard then went on to gain experience in retail and merchandising, in-house personal shopping for Harvey Nichols and was the in-house head of PR for the Kenzo brand of the luxury goods house LVMH.

Britain’s Next Top Model judge Nicky Johnston joins the Britains Top Designer Award’s judging panel for another year.

Glamour is Bernard’s forte, after a few successful years with LVMH, Bernard went freelance as a Fashion Stylist, having cultivated a large network of private clients, including many celebrities and high profile individuals.
He loves nothing better than to receive a challenging client brief that requires glamour of the highest calibre.

In addition to private clients, Bernard has also been commissioned for large advertising campaigns, fashion shoots, magazine articles, film and TV and is the preferred stylist and art director for many on-going global advertising and corporate campaigns.

Joining on the judging panel are some familiar faces such as Britain’s Next Top Model judge and celebrity photographer Nicky Johnston who joined in last year.

TV presenter Nicky Hambleton-Jones

This year TV presenter and stylist Nicky Hambleton-Jones, sees a new judge added to the mix with Nicky Hambleton-Jones from channel 4’s 10-years Younger programme. along with long-serving judge Lola Royle.

The event is hosted by Fashions Finest and presented by Radio and TV presenter Laura Naylor.

“It is very difficult to find 100% Organic Cotton t-shirts with cool designs. Each t-shirt has a positive message that I am hoping to spread to the world”, says Afton.

Once Afton has launched her collection in her catwalk show, she will begin to sell the t-shirts and the proceeds will be donated to the World Youth Organization, which is a charity that helps young people. Afton and her mother Gillian are Ambassadors for the charity. Afton seeks to be a great role model for others, by encouraging a healthy, fit and happy lifestyle for everyone. She is the voice of young people and an empowering activist for good physical and mental health.

Gillian McKeith daughter Afton McKeith
Stylist Lola Royle

“We are in one of the most creative industries, which ironically seems to discriminate the very source of its creativity, be that ageism, education, sexism, racism.

Having Samanta on the runway as well as a young person like Afton, who is inspired by a school project and really going for it with a positive message and in the name of goodwill is exactly what this industry needs to have injected to stay fresh, fun and relevant,” – Deborah St Louis, Director at Fashions Finest.

TV & Radio Presenter Laura Naylor

Former Wandsworth resident and Radio presenter Laura Naylor will be hosting the awards flying in specially from her stint at Radio 2 UAE in Dubai.

Laura said: “I have hosted the event for some time now and I feel part of the family. I would not miss it! I am excited about this season. As I see a lot of activity surrounding the event. I can’t wait to see the guys.”




Limited tickets for the general public are available via http://www.fashionsfinest.com/tickets.

 The show schedule can be viewed here: http://www.fashionsfinest.com/events/fashion-week-shows

Britain’s Top Designer Award winner John Herrera, Bernard Connolly(l) and Nicky Johnston (r), Founder Deborah St Louis (far r.) photo:Peter Hogan