On Monday, December 4th, the annual British Fashion Awards took place at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Celebrities like Selena Gomez, Kaia Gerber, and Rita Ora attended the star-studded event, dressed in their red carpet best.
Some of the evenings biggest honorees were Donatella Versace who was presented with Icon of the Year award and Pat McGrath who was awarded Creative Force of the Year, as reported in Vogue.
Designer Stella McCartney was celebrated for her efforts in sustainability and supermodel Adwoa Aboah was awarded Model of the Year. Aboah was up against extremely successful models such as Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, and Kaia Gerber. However, she proved her talent as a model as she walked on fashion week runways around the world and worked in Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty campaign.
Azzedine Alaia, who passed away a few weeks ago, was also honored at the BFA. Naomi Campbell made a speech celebrating the late designer and all of his accomplishments. Campbell said, “He filled my life with light and joy, he opened my eyes to culture. Without him, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today. I am proud to be honoring him, along with his daughters; a giant of fashion and a true master of humanity.” Campbell was so close to Alaia that she referred to him as “papa;” he took on a paternal role in her life and taught her much of what she knows today.
Anna Wintour honored Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s Chief Creative Officer of 17 years, who is set to step down from his prominent position. Bailey wiped away tears as Wintour spoke about the ways in which he turned Burberry into a powerful fashion house.
Closing out the awards show, Raf Simons won Designer of the Year and Jonathan Anderson won British Designer of the Year. As Anderson accepted his award he said to the audience, “There’s an air of change and I want everyone to share this with me, for the idea of change.”
Everyone honored at the BFA is an innovative thinker and creative mind who we hope will continue to bring about the idea of change and act on it as well.