Inside the Glamour Women of the Year Awards With Next

Last night I attended the Glamour Women of the Year Awards, which took place in Berkeley Square Gardens. Next were the official sponsors of the awards this year, and they kindly invited Reem and I to sit at their table (which happened to be placed right in-between Samuel L. Jackson and Alexa Chung). I wanted to share a couple of snaps from the night, but I only had my iPhone to work with, so please excuse the shoddy quality…

ASOS Black Dress Ella Coco's Tea Party

It would have been impossible to wear one of Next’s SS14 dresses without matching someone else on their team, so instead I did a last-minute shop on ASOS and picked up this cute LBD (£75 at ASOS, $143 at ASOS USA). I paired it with my favourite laser-cut Next clutch (past season) and Sophia Webster kitten heels.

Revenge‘s Emily VanCamp was walking the red carpet when we arrived and I made it my mission of the evening to get a picture with her as I’m often told we look like we could be related. She was incredibly sweet and later took home the International TV Actress award. Go Emily Thorne!

Emily VanCamp Cocos Tea Party

After my celeb-selfie was ticked off the list we sat down to dinner at the Next table. No one ever really eats at these kind of events, but Reem and I were so hungry that we went against the trend and finished everything on our plates. There was a ricotta, savoury granola and tomato dish to start, then sea bream with salt cod croquettes for the main course, and a crème brûlée with a raspberry & rose sorbet for dessert.

Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2014
Ricotta Savoury Granola
Roast Sea Bream

Unfortunately the lights were dimmed for dessert, so all my snaps are completely unusable. You’ll just have to imagine it instead.

Anyway, once dessert was served the host for the evening – Mr Graham Norton – arrived on stage and kicked off the awards. Naturally he was totally hilarious, but his jokes were all so rude there’s absolutely nothing I can repeat on the blog. Here’s a list of some of the night’s big winners – and remember you can find all of the Glamour Women of the Year in the July issue, which is on newsstands now.

Entrepreneur – Alexa Chung
UK Solo Artist – Paloma Faith
Designer – Simone Rocha
Accessories Designer – Katie Hillier
TV Personality – Naomi Campbell
Editor’s Special Award – Taylor Schilling
Outstanding Contribution – Nicole Kidman
International Solo Artist – Taylor Swift
Trailblazer – Kristen Wiig
Writer – Helen Fielding
Brand – Little Mix
Comedy Actress – Sarah Hyland
Icon – Dame Helen Mirren
Sportswoman – Christine Ohuruogu
Man of the Year – Sam Claflin

Thanks Glamour and Next for a lovely evening!

  • Ago Prime
  • absolutely love your dress and those sophia webster shoes really do go well with absolutely everything! the food looks delicious, mmmm xx

  • Shay

    Your dress was gorgeous, and I loved it with the heels! Also, you two do in fact look like sisters.

  • Fashion Follows Her

    Looks like so much fun and oh the rose & raspberry sorbet with creme brûlée sounds divine!

    • cocos_tea_party

      It sure was!

  • Becca Hutt

    seems like you’ve had a great time there!

  • Daisy

    LOVE the selfie with Emily Van Camp- you really could be sisters! Looks like a brilliant night.

    Daisy x

  • fashion for lunch

    oh how amazing love your dress too!

  • You look so chic!



  • Gazelli Skincare

    You look beautiful and couldn’t agree more with the other comments – you and Emily could be sisters!

  • Accademia di Moda

    You look stunning! We love the ASOS LBD paired with the neon kitten heel! The laser-cut clutch brought in some wonderful texture to your ensemble!

  • Ad Verb

    I love the blog and you look very pretty in the elegant dress.

    However, please note a bit of a schoolboy howler – that it is, correctly, ‘they kindly invited Reem and me’ not ‘Reem and I’. You are the object (accusative case) of their invitation (and in English the object first person is always “me”). They invite me. If I invite someone it has quite a different meaning as I am then making an invitation. It is obviously Next who are the hosts.

    I often see this mistake and it is because teachers correct those children who say, ‘John and me are going to the seaside today’ to the better form, ‘John and I are going to the seaside today’. But that is quite a different sentence where John and I are the subject who are going somewhere. I think the lesson stays with children when they grow up in a simplified form – always say so-and-so and I. This is wrong in the case of the object of a verb as shown above. It only applies to the subject of a verb.

    I am, by the way, un-ashamedly, a grammar enthusiast. I think lovely words are just as important as lovely outfits! I know this will annoy some people – I simply refer them to George Orwell’s famous essay on the English language and say good English is the most important thing we have.