Winnie Harlow in Brandon Maxwell
Like every year, the British Fashion Council's (BFC) annual Fashion Awards, formerly known as the British Fashion Awards, honoured some incredible talent. The winners at the event, which took place Monday in London’s Royal Albert Hall, were cherry-picked from hundreds of nominees from around the world, “and they represent the most creative talent and innovative businesses of the year,” as BFC chairman Natalie Massenet described.
Adwoa Aboah in Halpern
As well as being a spectacular gala that acknowledged the industry's best and brightest achievers, the event, in partnership with Swarovski, supported the BFC's pledge to raise £10million in 10 years to school gifted youngsters.
Jourdan Dunn in Versace
Needless to say, the red carpet at the rebranded event, which saw Karlie Kloss and Jack Whitehall hosting, dominated a lot of attention. Which better occasion is there to take fashion risks? As we were jotting down ideas on how to switch sartorial gears, we noticed one prominent fashion theme, long-sleeve evening gowns.
It was hard to miss them during the autumn/winter fashion shows, with designers like Zuhair Murad, Chanel, Valentino and Elie Saab presenting their unique creations. And now celebrities and fashion influencers attending the awards just reconfirmed covering up those arms is hip again.
We saw countless takes of the elegant and classy trend. Whether sheer, sparkly, velvet, draped or just standout, attention on sleeves can be incredibly eye-catching or romantic. And A-listers like Jourdan Dunn, Izabel Goulart and Leomie Anderson proved it faultlessly during the annual celebration of fashion. Isn’t it great to know your flair for fashion doesn’t have to be compromised so you can stay warm during the cooler, crisper months?
Model of the Year: Adwoa Aboah
Urban Luxe Brand: Virgil Abloh for Off-White
Business Leader: Marco Bizzarri for Gucci
British Emerging Talent — Menswear: Charles Jeffrey for Charles Jeffrey Loverboy
British Emerging Talent — Womenswear: Michael Halpern for Halpern
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
Designer of the Year: Raf Simons for Calvin Klein
Erin O'Connor in Christopher Kane
Swarovski Award for Positive Change: Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Pat McGrath
Outstanding Contribution to British Fashion Award: Christopher Bailey
Special Recognition Award for Innovation: Stella McCartney
Fashion Icon Award: Donatella Versace & House of Versace
Halima Aden in Topshop
Izabel Goulart in Julien Macdonald
Pink in Stella McCartney
Ruth Wilson in Erdem
Selena Gomez in Coach
Stella Maxwell n Versace
Stephanie Seymour in Azzedine Alaïa
Zendaya in Vivetta