A Recap of the British Fashion Awards 2016

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A Recap of the British Fashion Awards 2016

The 2016 award season has begun, and so far fashion has seen some big winners. The British Fashion Council held the BFA’s at Royal Albert Hall on December 5th, in London.

The British Fashion Council revamped this year’s awards in partnership with their lead sponsor Swarovski, turning it into a global event. The BFC intended to bring a global persona to the event, and specially honoured Ralph Lauren to attract roughly 4,000 guests who not only work in fashion, but fuel fashion. The production of the event was under pressure to scale with the impressive list of winners, and to amplify the British Fashion Council, and their supporters.


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The chairman of the BFC, Natalie Massenet, told Business of Fashion in April 2016 that, “We aspire to create an event that is like a mix of the Academy Awards and the Met Ball, on a Global Scale.” BFC also partnered with E! Entertainment, which has shown red-carpet arrivals and designer profiles on television in the US and Europe since last year.


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Designer Ralph Lauren was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement award for his contributions to the global fashion industry. On the red carpet, there were many model guests, including Naomi Campbell, Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, Winnie Harlow and Karlie Kloss, as well as designers Donatella Versace, Alice Temperley, Christopher Bailey and Erdem Moralioglu.


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Alessandro Michele, the creative director of Gucci, walked the red carpet with Gucci muse Jared Leto. Michele also took home the award for International Accessories Designer of the Year, and Gucci chief executive Marco Bizarri won the International Business Leader award.

The Full List of Winners: 

Swarovski Award for Positive Change: Franca Sozzani

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Bruce Weber

Outstanding Achievement: Ralph Lauren

New Fashion Icons: Jaden and Willow Smith

Special Recognition: British Vogue

British Emerging Talent: Molly Goddard

British Menswear Designer: Craig Green for Craig Green

British Womenswear Designer: Simone Rocha

British Brand: Alexander McQueen

International Business Leader: Marco Bizzarri for Gucci

International Urban Luxury Brand: Vetements

International Model: Gigi Hadid

International Accessories Designer: Alessandro Michele for Gucci

International Ready-To-Wear Designer: Demma Gvasalia for Balenciaga

A Recap of the British Fashion Awards 2016


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Written by Jessica Graham

Jessica is a Fashion Journalism student in London. She is also passionate about politics and all other impenetrable phenomenons.

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