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Dorchester Collection Cancels its 2014 Fashion Prize


(L-R) Stephen Jones, Rupert Sanderson, Stephen Webster, Jean-Pierre Greff, Margherita Perico, Nicholas Oakwell, Huishan Zhang, Frederic Aranda, Fabia Di Drusco, Derek Blasberg, Daniella Halayel and Lorenz Baumer attend the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize 2013 awards ceremony; image: Getty

It’s recently emerged that the Dorchester Collection has cancelled its 2014 Fashion Prize, which awards an up-and-coming fashion designer with a cash injection of £25,000 to help with their career. The cancellation is seemingly in response to protests against its owner, the Sultan of Brunei, who has introduced anti-gay sharia law in his country, which includes death by stoning.

An host of high profile faces have already begun to boycott all connections with the Sultan of Brunei, which also incudes his portfolio of lavish hotels. Amongst the first to lead the way was the influential Anna Wintour, who has announced that she won’t be staying at her usual hotel, the extravagant Dorchester, during Fashion Week. (The Duchess of Cambridge, however, doesn't seem to be joining the boycott, implied by the fact that she has just allegedly attended the wedding of her first cousin at the Dorchester hotel with her close family, including sister Pippa.)

With the fashion crowd boycotting, it's perhaps a wise idea to cancel the Fashion Prize this year.