British Fashion Awards 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Last night’s London Coliseum paved way to fashion’s finest for one of the most exciting, prestigious and well-dressed events of the year. Encapsulating the finest in the expansive pool of British creative talent, the British Fashion Awards returned for its 26th year.

Over 2,000 guests gathered to join in the celebrations and witness seventeen Swarovski Crystal Trophies (weighing a whopping 15kg each) being presented to the seventeen worthy winners. Myself and Anusha attended the awards for Seen in the City, and after some major fashion-lusting on the red-carpet, were shown to our seats.
The atmosphere was well and truly buzzing with a star studded myriad of guests in attendance; including David & Victoria Beckham, Karlie Kloss, Kate Bosworth, Lady Gaga, Cheryl Fernandez-Fersini, Poppy Delevigne and Karl Lagerfield.

Jack Whitehall presented the evening, his wit, charm and demeanor a real highlight, encapsulating the eccentric, weird and undoubtedly wonderful world of fashion we so know and love. A powerful tribute to Paris commenced the awards, the love and support from our capital a real testament to the strength and power which unites our nation with that of France. A real sense of empowerment was felt by all and it was a memorable moment to be part of.

Following this, the awards commenced, with emerging womenswear designer, emerging menswear designer and emerging accessory designer all being presented by Nick Grimshaw and Rosie Huntington Whiteley. The winner for these categories were Thomas Tait, Jordan Askill and Tom Ford respectively.

Karl Lagerfield went on to win the Outstanding Achievement award (presented by Anna Wintour) and Stella McCartney brand of the year (presented by Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone). The real show-stealer however was JW Anderson, winning not just one, but two awards and being the first in the shows history to walk home with trophies for the two categories- Menswear Designer and Womenswear Designer.

Renowned for his unisex and androgynous approach to both men’s and women’s collections, Anderson first began his career as a menswear designer before expanding his creative talent to cater for both genders. His awards were presented by Orlando Bloom (menswear) and Noomi Rapace (womenswear.)
The full list of the awards were presented as below:

Red Carpet: Tom Ford
Presented by Lucky Blue Smith, accepted on behalf of Tom Ford by Lady Gaga

Model: Jourdan Dunn
Presented by Olivier Rousteing

Outstanding Achievement: Karl Lagerfeld
Presented by Anna Wintour OBE

Creative Campaign: Burberry
Presented by Naomi Campbell

International Designer: Alessandro Michele for Gucci
Presented by Tim Blanks and Georgia May Jagger

New Establishment Designer: Mary Katrantzou
Presented by Elisa Sednaoui

Establishment Designer: Erdem
Presented by Alexa Chung

Brand: Stella McCartney
Presented by Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone

Isabella Blow Award For Fashion Creator: Nick Knight OBE
Presented by Karlie Kloss

British Style – Fashion Innovator: FKA twigs
Presented by Jefferson Hack

British Style - Red Carpet Ambassador: Gwendoline Christie
Presented by Kate Bosworth

Accessory Designer: Charlotte Olympia
Presented by Olga Kurylenko

Menswear Designer: J.W.Anderson
Presented by Orlando Bloom

Womenswear Designer: J.W.Anderson

Presented by Noomi Rapace

Aswell as a whole host of beautiful dresses (and a LOT of sparkles- thanks Swarovski) it was refreshing to see a number of women in beautifully stylish dinner suits.  Here are some of my favourite outfits from the red carpet...

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