In its second year since a major rebrand, the British Fashion Council’s annual Fashion Awards (formerly known as the British Fashion Awards) took place Monday evening at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The ceremony was an emotionally charged celebration as the fashion’s finest paid homage to industry veterans of the past and the bright young things of the future. Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri acknowledged the late Franza Sozzani, while Naomi Campbell’s homage to Azzedine Alaïa.
Newly-blonde Selena Gomez turned heads in an exquisitely-made Coach number, while new runway darling Kaia Gerber rocked a matching two-piece by Ralph & Russo. Model of the Year winner Adwoa Aboah stepped out in a gorgeous coral pink, faux fur coat. Ever so charming and versatile, Zendaya sported a retro pixie cut while donning a see-through gown by Vivetta.
As the first-ever recipient of a Special Recognition Award For Innovation, Stella McCartney has always refused to use leather and fur in her designs which has led her to find innovative alternatives to the material and allowed her to redefine what luxury can be in modern fashion. McCartney, believes her innovations reflect a growing consensus, telling McCartney, her innovations reflect a growing consensus.
“I think every business has to be more responsible. The fashion industry is the second most harmful industry to the environment. I think it’s very encouraging that the British Fashion Council are looking at this and that they’re starting a new award around this.”
Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council says that a desire for sustainability is the main driver of innovation in the fashion industry.
“And Stella is a true innovator. She has created awareness on sustainability across the fashion industry and acted as an inspiration for our industry and to future generations.” – Caroline Rush
BFC chairman Natalie Massenet told press upon unveiling the nominees back in October that the 2017 Fashion Awards nominees were “chosen from hundreds of international names and they represent the most creative talent and innovative businesses of the year”.
Model of the Year
Outstanding Contribution to British Fashion Award
British Designer of the Year – Menswear
Craig Green for Craig Green
British Designer of the Year – Womenswear
Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson
Accessories Designer of the Year
Jonathan Anderson for Loewe
Swarovski Award For Positive Change
Maria Grazia Chiuri
Urban Luxe Brand
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator
British Emerging Talent – Womenswear
Michael Halpern for Halpern
British Emerging Talent – Menswear
Charles Jeffrey for Charles Jeffrey Loverboy
Marco Bizzarri for Gucci
Special Recognition Award For Innovation
Designer of the Year