The British Fashion Awards gives us the chance to commend not only the winners but celebrate all of the individuals that contribute to the incredible achievements that make London the best fashion destination in the world.

I've taken the love of fashion from my mother, and journalism from my father.

When you love something, it doesn't feel like work.

Don't let the American accent fool you. I am British.

Net-a-porter is an environment where a woman can really indulge, browsing through more than 160 brands in our fashion playground.

When I'm working, I have a hard time switching off, and when I'm not working, I have a hard time thinking of ever wanting to work again.

Even if I am predisposed to shop online, I see bricks and mortar as part of marketing.

I'm the laziest person I know.

You cannot underestimate the impact the Internet has had on British fashion.

It's a false assumption that people with a lot of money have a lot of free time to shop.

You can no longer just have a magazine that shows you this glossy impervious image of women - in the studio, artificial, wearing a push-up bra.

My dad taught me never to be afraid of what's on the other side of the mountain.

Bling is good.

To be a designer today is to be an entrepreneur. Whether you're a two-man operation in Shoreditch or a 3,000-person, vertically integrated brand, you need to have the wherewithal to run your business through investment, considering everything from start-up funds to your exit plan or what it takes to go public.

Contrary to popular belief, I'm not always trying to stand out.

When I started Net-a-Porter, I knew nothing. And I was pregnant. Starting a new venture and being pregnant for the first time are pretty similar in many ways. If you knew what was going to happen to you, you wouldn't venture down that road.

If you're a teenager in Palo Alto launching an app, you know from the outset how you plan to finance your business.

My father always had people around the house who were famous psychics.

The only time I can't sleep is on a plane, when I am literally keeping it in the air with my brain.

I think fashion is actually very good training for being in the tech world, because it's all about moving on to the next thing, looking for the next thing, not getting stuck in the past.

Never forget that you only have one opportunity to make a first impression - with investors, with customers, with PR, and with marketing.

I envision a day when a businesswoman will be having lunch, and then her phone will ring. When she opens it up, she will see an image of the latest Marc Jacobs coat that just arrived in stock. With a click of a button, she can purchase it and then find it waiting for her when she gets back to her office.

You can get a slouchy woman's tunic at different price points. But if you want a great pair of trousers or a dress with delicate pleating, you're going to have to spend a little more.

I'm supporting the School for Creative Startups because the project's ambition - to boost innovation and the culture of entrepreneurship - is something I feel strongly about.

Anna Wintour has guided me.

A tendency to focus on art over business has meant that too many designers have failed to make the most of their critical acclaim.

In 13 years of doing my day job, I've learned a few things about motivating people. It's about setting a vision and, as long as everyone knows why they're doing what they're doing, you achieve that vision.

As an entrepreneur, what drives you has to be the good news; otherwise, you just don't get out of bed.

I borrowed a creaky laptop from my husband, went into the web, and never came back.

Pre-Internet, maybe it took six months for a fashion message to get across to a customer base. Fashion messages are now being sent out overnight, simultaneously, to every market in the world.

My experience is in merging extraordinary creative content with innovative global commerce.

Ambition is important. Of course you can't get anywhere without talent, but there are a lot of talented people. To succeed, you have to be the most ambitious talented person.

Women just love to shop.

Net-a-Porter offers catwalk fashion and trend-driven shopping, but for Mr Porter, while fashion is still important, style is key.

I believe all positive things and negative things are valuable because they shape you.

When I was at U.C.L.A., I decided I was going to go to Japan and learn Japanese.

The Internet is a gift to fashion.

I love contemporary culture. Even the stuff I don't like.

What seems like a crazy idea today eventually grows. It's a 'with hindsight' thing. One day, someone will turn around and say, 'That was genius.'

I believe that all brands will become storytellers, editors and publishers, all stores will become magazines, and all media companies will become stores. There will be too many of all of them. The strongest ones, the ones who offer the best customer experience, will survive.

We haven't even begun to see just how many transactions are going to take place online.

I cry at anything remotely touching - smile at me warmly and I'm off... television also does it, everything from 'X-Factor' to cereal commercials. I cry when I am tired. I also cry when I laugh.

Having the positive belief that it will all be O.K. just means that you hustle and make it work because failure is not even an option in your own mind.

Work means independence. It allowed me to shape my life on so many levels.

Print is at the very, very top in the fashion business - of course it is.

I see ghosts.

I don't work out but generally I am fit, which is why I don't work out.

Pregnancy is a very creative phase for me.

Success begins at that magical moment when you declare to yourself, your friends, and the universe that you believe you can do something different.