British Fashion Awards

The British Fashion Awards set Monday night aglow with a celebration of fashion's great and good at London's Coliseum. Abigail Parkin (4 Dec’13)


The British Fashion Council approached over 300 industry figures to vote for the winners at the annual fashion fixture. The panel was composed of world-leading industry insiders including journalists, buyers, influencers and opinion formers.  Guest diversity saw Samantha Cameron mingling with the likes of Donatella Versace and Harry Styles to celebrate the highs of this year's fashion moments. 

The 16 awards won by leading fashion luminaries recognised creative talent and design excellence across all areas of the industry. Comedian Jack Whitehall hosted and entertained the assembled  retailers, models, celebrities and media. For the first time this year’s event admitted members of the public who had bought tickets.


Miuccia Prada, Marc Jacobs & Caroline Rush (BFC) settle for lunch     (Pic:Darren Gerrish)

Chairman of the British Fashion Council Natalie Massenet commented, “The roll call of winners announced this evening is a phenomenal display of talent in the fashion industry. The British Fashion Awards give us the chance to commend not only the winners but celebrate all of the individuals that contribute to the incredible achievements that make London the best fashion destination in the world. I’m incredibly proud to be a part of the ceremony this evening, set in the heart of our creative capital; it provides the perfect climax to a truly momentous year of British fashion.”

Cheers!    (Pic:Darren Gerrish)

Christopher Kane took the Womenswear Designer of the Year award for designers who have spearheaded women’s fashion.  Kane’s star continues to rise with a partnership deal with the Kering Group and another two internationally acclaimed ready-to-wear collections at London Fashion Week.

Outstanding Achievement in Fashion went to Terry and Tricia Jones, presented by collaborator and family friend, Dylan Jones OBE. The couple founded i-D Magazine back in 1980 and 30 years on it’s still at the hub of international fashion. 

The International Designer of the Year award made its debut this year and was won Miuccia Prada for Prada, corroborating her listing in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century.


Harry Styles gets playful with Alexa Chung while Pixie Geldof phones home       (Pic:Darren Gerrish)

Burberry took both the Designer Brand of the Year and the Menswear Designer of the Year award collected by Christopher Bailey. In June 2013, Burberry presented their first menswear collection in London after more than 10 years of showing in Milan. Following Bailey’s Hockney and Bennett inspired SS14 collection at London Collections: Men, the Burberry Prorsum menswear collection is now regarded as a must-see re on the London show schedule.

Lady Amanda Harlech received the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator in recognition of three decades of working alongside creative visionaries including John Galliano and Karl Lagerfeld.   

Rupert Everett, Donatella Versace, Kate Moss, Christopher Kane & Sir Philip Green  (Pic:Darren Gerrish)

Nicholas Kirkwood won Accessory Designer of the Year for the third time marking the designer's launch of a flagship store in Las Vegas and the launch of both a pre-collection and menswear line. Kirkwood’s iconic footwear recently attracted investment from LVMH and is stocked internationally by over 150 retailers.

Simone Rocha was named Emerging Womenswear Designer while Agi & Sam received the Emerging Menswear Designer award. Sophia Webster collected the Emerging Accessory Designer award to mark the success of her footwear label.

The winners' roster was also filled by J.W. Anderson for New Establishment Designer;  British model Edie Campbell who was crowned Model of the Year and paced the runways of New York, London and Paris, opening shows for Burberry, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton;and Erdem for  the Red Carpet Award.

Decided entirely by public vote, Vodafone's British Style Award was awarded to Harry Styles  for reflecting the spirit of London and his international ambassador status for London. The pop star icon was presented the accolade by three-time British Style Award winner, Alexa Chung.

Long service and influence was celebrated with Special Recognition Awards for Suzy Menkes OBE in recognition of her 25-year career at the International New York Times (formerly the IHT) and for British supermodel and generational icon Kate Moss and her 25-year long span.


 Canon, M.A.C, TONI&GUY, Vodafone and Westfield , American Express, Hello!, Marks & Spencer, Mercedes-Benz, Patron and Warsteiner.

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