The 2016 Fashion Awards – the biggest night in the UK fashion calendar, were held on Monday 5th December. A star-studded night, the nominees ranged from global names like Kendall Jenner, to home-grown talent like Adwoa Aboah. Helen Beaumont asks: who won at the 2016 Fashion Awards?
This ceremony used to be called the ‘British Fashion Awards.’ Its organisers, industry body the British Fashion Council (BFC), ditched the ‘British’ this year, to turn the event into a global showcase. The BFC even introduced new categories to achieve this aim, like the ‘Best International Luxury Brand Award.’
The competition was fierce in the global categories. Gigi Hadid beat out rivals like Kendall Jenner for the night’s most hotly-anticipated gong, the ‘International Model of the Year Award.’ Meanwhile, Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia took home the ‘International Ready-To-Wear Designer Award,’ as well as the ‘International Urban Luxury Brand’ prize in his capacity as Creative Director for Vetements.
Alessandro Michele won the ‘International Accessories Designer Award,’ according to Grazia, for his work with Gucci. Michele has managed to turn the Italian fashion house into one of the most coveted labels on the planet, with a raft of A-lister’s now rushing to wear Gucci. Meanwhile, celebrity siblings Jaden and Willow Smith won the ‘New Fashion Icons Award,’ in recognition of their unique and eclectic senses of style, which have seen them become muses for the likes of Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld.
Best of British
Despite the re-brand, the 2016 Fashion Awards continued to shine a light on British fashion. In the most hotly-anticipated out of the home grown categories, the ‘Best British Brand Award,’ Alexander McQueen triumphed. Constantly hailed as a style innovator, Alexander McQueen was a well-deserved winner and its Creative Director, Sarah Burton, rarely leaves this ceremony without a gong.
Now we reach the gendered British design categories. Simone Rocha, who is famous for her feminine designs and recently lit up London Fashion Week, nabbed the ‘British Womenswear Designer Award.’ Craig Green beat out the likes of Vivienne Westwood and J.W. Anderson for the ‘British Menswear Designer Award.’ We should also note that London-based designer Molly Goddard clinched the ‘Emerging Talent Award.’ Famous for her fluoro-coloured tulle designs, she’s certainly one to watch.
There were a range of other prestigious gongs handed out on the night. Megastar David Beckham presented Ralph Lauren with the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award,’ recognising his long-standing contribution to global style. His eponymous label, which was founded in the 1960s, is especially known for popularising preppy fashions, such as polo t-shirts, changing how we dress in the modern age.
Meanwhile, Bruce Weber took home the ‘Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creators.’ An iconic photographer, Bruce Weber has photographed everyone from David Bowie to Kate Moss over the years, earning this much-deserved gong at the 2016 Fashion Awards. Finally, Vogue Italia Editor Franca Sozzani was presented with the ‘Swarovski Award for Positive Change,’ by the legendary Tom Ford.
About Helen Beaumont
Helen Beaumont’s career started at Camberwell College of Art, where she studied the History of Art and Design, specialising in costume during her final year. After completing study, Helen became a costume buyer for theatre and opera. She has since become a professional costume designer, with a keen interest in period clothing. Throughout her career, Helen has created authentic costumes for prestigious companies such as the Universal Studios, Disney, BBC, Tiger Aspect and the Young Vic Theatre.