Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fashion Awards 2017: Everything You Need To Know

The 2017 Fashion Awards, formerly known as the British Fashion Awards, kicks off December in style, as designers, models, actresses, innovators and red-carpet personalities flock to London for a good old British knees-up.

Last year’s extravagant inaugural event under its new name, which was changed in order to open up awards to the international market, introduced several new accolades to the agenda. Categories for Urban Luxury, Creative Influencer, Business Leader, Ready-to-Wear Designer of the Year, and the Swarovski Award for Positive Change generated a new buzz around the event, while previous gongs were cut to make a tighter edit on the evening. This year’s event features 12 categories, three of which will be announced beforehand but presented on the night with the other prizes.

This year’s event in partnership with Swarovski will be held on December 4. As well as being a spectacular gala to honour so many incredible individuals, the Fashion Awards supports the BFC’s pledge in 2016 to raise £10million in 10 years to educate talented young people. “The resounding success of last year's awards reinforces that this is a target that the industry supports,” BFC chairman Natalie Massenet said of the ceremony. "We thank Swarovski for their generosity in supporting The Fashion Awards and our Education Foundation and look forward to welcoming the fashion industry on December 4 in London."

The event returns to the Royal Albert Hall, a grand venue that befits the event, which has been a landmark in the fashion calendar since 1989. Last year, Vogue's Ellie Pithers reported, an oceanic red carpet and a glittering sun, studded with 8,000 Swarovski crystals greeted attendees as light streamed out from the Italianate columns of London’s most magnificent concert hall. Once inside the auditorium, industry heavyweights were greeted by a furniture village of perfectly dusty pink velvet sofas positioned around tables littered with tulips, crimson roses, sparkling Swarovski sculptures and candles giving off an orange glow. It was a demonstration of Massenet’s impeccable taste, and will no doubt be just as splendid this year.

“The designers and brands were chosen from hundreds of international names and they represent the most creative talent and innovative businesses of the year,” Massenet told press upon unveiling the nominees back in October. As well as the household names on the list, a handful of industry favourites, including London Fashion Week’s bright young things Michael Halpern and Matty Bovan and Samuel Ross, a protégé of Virgil Abloh’s, have received their first nominations. Breakout runway star of the spring/summer 2018 shows, Kaia Gerber, has also been recognised in the Model of the Year category, and is the youngest of her catwalk colleagues in the shortlist.

Ahead of the event, Stella McCartney has been announced as the winner of the Special Recognition Award For Innovation, and Maria Grazia Chiuri is set to win the Swarovski Award for Positive Change. See the full list of nominees for the nine categories that will be announced on the nigh below.

British Emerging Talent - Menswear

Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty for Cottweiler
Charles Jeffrey for Charles Jeffrey Loverboy
Henry Holland for House of Holland
Phoebe English for Phoebe English Man
Samuel Ross for A-Cold-Wall

British Emerging Talent - Womenswear

Faustine Steinmetz for Faustine Steinmetz
Matty Bovan for Matty Bovan
Michael Halpern for Halpern
Natalia Alaverdian for A.W.A.K.E
Rejina Pyo for Rejina Pyo

Business Leader

Adrian Joffe for Dover Street Market
Guram Gvasalia for Vetements
José Neves for Farfetch
Marco Bizzarri for Gucci
Ruth and Tom Chapman for

Model of the Year

Adwoa Aboah
Bella Hadid
Gigi Hadid
Kaia Gerber
Winnie Harlow

Urban Luxe Brand

Fenty Puma by Rihanna
Gosha Rubchinskiy

Accessories Designer of the Year

Alessandro Michele for Gucci
Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent
Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga
Jonathan Anderson for Loewe
Stuart Vevers for Coach

British Designer of the Year - Menswear

Christopher Bailey MBE for Burberry
Craig Green for Craig Green
Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner
Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson
Martine Rose for Martine Rose

British Designer of the Year - Womenswear

Christopher Kane for Christopher Kane
Erdem Moralioglu for Erdem
Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson
Roksanda Ilincic for Roksanda
Sarah Burton OBE for Alexander McQueen

Designer of the Year

Alessandro Michele for Gucci
Jonathan Anderson for Loewe
Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior
Phoebe Philo for Céline
Raf Simons for Calvin Klein

The event has already sold out, but, fret not, the Vogue team will be on the ground on December 4 reporting on all the latest news, red-carpet action and gossip from the bar. Join us here at and on the British Voguesocial channels for the inside scoop.

The Oscars of the fashion industry pulls in an A-list crowd from all over the globe, but there's also been an unusual addition to the guest list. Miss Piggy will act as the Swarovski red carpet presenter alongside Derek Blasberg with the glamorous Muppet's celebrity interviews streamed live on“I promise everyone a night of incomparable and unpredictable moi! Having moi as the red-carpet presenter for the 2017 Fashion Awards truly pushes the limits of fabulosity,” she said of her appointment.

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