Formerly known as the British Fashion Awards, the 2016 Fashion Awards took place in a glamorous setting at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Produced in partnership with Swarovski, the event saw 4,000 members of the industry and the public gather for the British Fashion Council’s annual ceremony celebrating the industry’s best. Here are our favorite highlights from the star-studded night.
A-list celebs like Kate Beckinsale, Salma Hayek Pinault, Jared Leto, Naomi Campbell, Anna Wintour, Kate Moss donned their alluring designer pieces also including award winning Lady Gaga, Skepta and Marilyn Manson who all presented awards.
Jonathan Anderson was the reigning British Womenswear Designer of the Year and, arguably, this year’s favorite. But Simone Rocha, known for her dark feminine aesthetic and who has also previously won the British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear in 2013, took the crown this year.
Supermodel Gigi Hadid took the award for International Model, beating her sister Bella and Kendall Jenner, amongst others. Hadid, who choked up as she thanked the industry for embracing her, gave one of the most emotional speeches of the evening.
David Beckham presented designer Ralph Lauren with an Outstanding Achievement award for carving out a globally-known business dedicated to the All-American look- from jeans and tees to Oscar gowns, Lauren has most definitely done it all.
Gucci was the big winner of the night, with president and CEO Marco Bizzari taking home the award for International Business Leader, and creative director Alessandro Michele taking International Accessories Designer. Friend and campaign star Jared Leto announced the award, joking that he and Michele were “expecting.”
Lady Gaga presented the award for British Menswear Designer to 30-year-old designer Craig Green. Historically, the category has been dominated by more established brands, so Green’s victory reinforces the BFC’s focus on youth and innovation this year. Just as he went to give his acceptance speech, the designer tripped on Gaga’s long cape as he walked past.