Last night the British Fashion Council hosted its second edition of its Fashion Awards, celebrating talent from all around the world. Some of fashion’s biggest names descended on the Royal Albert Hall to find out who would pick up the prizes of the night. Here’s what went down.
MISS PIGGY WAS ON THE RED CARPET
That’s right, the iconic Muppet was in a booth at the end of the red carpet judging the looks as they came past. Dressed in a custom Saint Laurent look by Anthony Vaccarello, we are hoping that she will be in the runnings for Model of the Year this time next year.
Following her second nomination for the title, Adwoa Aboah finally took home the prize taking to the stage dressed in glittery designs by Michael Halpern – who took home the emerging womenswear designer prize himself. After a huge year that saw Aboah champion activism for Gurls Talk, walk for brands like Dior, Fenty x Puma and Chanel, feature in campaigns for Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu as well as appearing on the cover of a special Burberry edition of Dazed, it is no surprise she was this year’s winner. Congrats!
IT ALL GOT VERY EMOSH
While the night was mostly about celebrating, there were a few times where you’d find it difficult to spot a dry eye in the house. Raf Simons’ acceptance speech was one but the most emotional was, of course, the tribute to the late Azzedine Alaïa, who passed away only a few weeks ago. Taking to the stage to celebrate his legacy were some of the 90s biggest supermodels – Stephanie Seymour, Yasmin Le Bon all led by Naomi Campbell.
FASHION’S GREATS WERE CELEBRATED
Elsewhere, there were tears of joy celebrating some of fashion’s most iconic names. Pat McGrath took home the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator award while Donatella Versace picked up the Style Icon Award – with a special performance of George Michael’s “Freedom” by Rita Ora and a video message from Lady Gaga. Other winners included Raf Simons who won the Designer of the Year title and on the British front: Craig Green for British Menswear Designer, Christopher Bailey for Outstanding Contribution and Charles Jeffrey for Emerging Menswear Designer. Jonathan Anderson took home two awards for his own label and Loewe, British Designer of the Year and Accessories Designer respectively.
VIRGIL ABLOH HOSTED THE AFTER PARTY
After taking home the Urban Luxe Brand Award, Abloh celebrated by hosting the night’s after party in partnership with Dazed. Taking over ‘The Ruin’ exhibition space at 180 Strand, the designer took on the role of DJ playing to the likes of Gareth Pugh, Charles Jeffrey and models Leomie Anderson and Paul Hameline. More on that to come.