LONDON — It was an evening of celebrations and tributes at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday night, as the British Fashion Council’s annual fashion awards attracted a star-studded crowd of designers, models, actors and other industry insiders to celebrate the names that shaped the global fashion industry in 2022.
The ceremony, hosted by British-Jamaican actress Jodie Turner-Smith, honoured both industry stalwarts and newcomers, also paying tribute to those the industry lost this year — including André Leon Talley, Thierry Mugler, Hanae Mori, William Klein and Queen Elizabeth II.
Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli took home Designer of the Year, in part thanks to the power of his Spring 2022 couture collection, which won raves not only for its beauty, but its authentic take on inclusivity, showcasing carefully constructed pieces for a wide range of body types. The designer beat out Miuccia Prada, Jonathan Anderson and Matthieu Blazy. (Balenciaga designer Demna had been tipped to win but pulled out of the event after the blowup over the brand’s recent advertising campaigns.) Bella Hadid took home Model of the Year, while Grace Wales Bonner, recently profiled by critic Robin Givhan in the Washington Post, was honoured with the award for Independent British Brand.
British talent shone through in many other categories, too: Katie Grand was awarded the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator; Dazed Media co-founder Jefferson Hack took home the Special Recognition Award for Cultural Curation; S.S. Daley won the BFC Foundation Award; and Burberry was presented with the Fashion Award for Metaverse World and Gaming Experience.
Actors Tilda Swinton and Florence Pugh, British rapper Stormzy and model Naomi Campbell were among the attendees mingling over cocktails and bopping along to performances from Shygirl and Jessie Ware.
Halfway through the ceremony, the BFC paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with a fashion show full of looks from British designers, ranging from young talents Nensi Dojaka and Harris Reed to established names including Erdem, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood; models paraded around the venue as a video montage of the late Queen played in the background.
Other honourees included Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, who was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award after transferring ownership of his company to ensure all profits are directed to fight climate change.
See the full list of winners below:
Designer of the Year: Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino
BFC Foundation Award: S.S.Daley
Independent British Brand: Wales Bonner
Special Recognition Award for Cultural Curation: Jefferson Hack
Leaders of Change, Creativity: Alessandro Michele, Daniel Roseberry, Harris Reed, Ibrahim Kamara, Raf Simons
Leaders of Change, Environment: Bethany Williams, Connor Ives, Gabriela Hearst, Marine Serre, Priya Ahluwalia
Leaders of Change, People: Aurora James, Harry Lambert, Julie Pelipas, Sinéad Burke, Rafael Pavarotti
Model of the Year Award: Bella Hadid
Outstanding Achievement Award: Yvon Chouinard
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Katie Grand
Fashion Award for Metaverse World and Gaming Experience: Burberry