British Fashion Awards Article by Thomas Mackie

Last night saw the most significant event in the British fashion calendar take place at the Royal Albert Hall, where most of the biggest names in the industry came together for one final celebration before this year comes to a close.

The Fashion Awards saw over 4,000 guests take to the red carpet where the people who have helped shape this years industry were awarded for their contribution.

David Beckham was one of the many high-profile celebrities in attendance, as he presented Ralph Lauren with the Outstanding Achievement Award. Lauren was awarded for his significant contribution to the industry that he has helped shape for nearly 50 years and set a precedence for emerging designers.

Molly Goddard was awarded the British Emerging Talent award, where she fought off fierce competition. Goddard broke onto the fashion scene just 18 months ago and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Sophie Warburton said that Molly Goddard had brought the fun back into fashion, after her autumn/winter 2015 collection flew off the shelves.

The British Brand of the Year was awarded to Alexander McQueen, in a highly contested category, where they came up against the likes of Burberry, Christopher Kane, Erdem and Stella McCartney, who launched her first menswear collection earlier this year. Sarah Burton’s originality never fails to stop women purchasing Alexander McQueen’s new collection, after her creations this year were inspired by dreams, sleepwalking, and rugged Hebridean adventure.

Sisters, Bella and Gigi Hadid went head-to-head as they were both nominated for the International Model of the Year award. Older sister Gigi emerged victorious, wearing one the most rememberable dresses of the evening from Versace.

After receiving a standing ovation, Franca Sozzani was awarded the Swarovski Award for Positive Change. The editor of Italian Vogue has “inspired a sense of responsibility”, “made the impossible, possible” and “challenges the orthodox” said Tom Ford, when presenting Sozzani with the award.

Lady Gaga was another celebrity that graced the red carpet with her presence and awarded British Menswear Designer of the Year to Craig Green. After he was slated by critics and wrote off by many, Green’s years has gone from strength to strength after winning the GQ Fashion Fund earlier in 2016.

Simone Rocha was awarded British Womenswear Designer of the Year. In an interview, she told The Telegraph “I’ve always made clothes for many different kinds of women.” Rocha’s work is certainly unique in womenswear, which has helped her stand out amongst the crowd for the past eight years.

British Vogue rounded off their centenary year with a Special Recognition Award. The Editor-in-Cheif of UK Vogue, Alexandra Schulman was presented with the award after the magazines year seems to have gone from strength to strength.

Alessandro Michele picked up International Accessories Designer for Gucci. He said: “Fashion is a beautiful dream and I promise I’ll keep dreaming forever,” after receiving his award. Gucci also received recognition for its CEO, Marco Bizarre after he picked up the International Business Leader award.

Demna Gvasalia was once again highly recognized after he was awarded the International Ready-To-Wear Designer for Balenciaga and the International Urban Luxury Brand with the design collective, Vetements, which Gvasalia founded back in 2014.

Recognition was also given to youngsters Jaden and Willow Smith for the New Fashion Icons Award and Bruce Weber for the Isabella Blow Award For Fashion Creator.



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