The British Fashion Council's re-branded annual awards ceremony, held Monday night in London's Royal Albert Hall, drew scores of industry bigwigs from Anna Wintour to Kate Moss. The event was branded as a "mix of the Academy Awards and the Met Ball," and the red carpet — which included Gigi Hadid's Atelier Versace pants-dress mash-up to Lady Gaga's elegant Brandon Maxwell number — did its best to reflect that.
Whether or not the event will go to achieve the notoriety for which its organizers have planned remains to be seen, but the prestige of its awardees is impressive on its own. Many of the winners were unsurprising, with Hadid being lauded as International Model and Alessandro Michele taking home the International Accessories Designer trophy for Gucci. Gucci also received recognition for its chief executive Marco Bizzarri, who won the International Business Leader award.
The only entity to win as much as Gucci was Demna Gvasalia, who was awarded both the International Ready-to-Wear Designer title for his work at Balenciaga and the International Urban Luxury Brand award for Vetements. (Never mind the fact that the latter practically sounds like it was invented as a way to ensure that Vetements would receive some kind of recognition, without which any fashion event in 2016 would seem incomplete).
Other highlights of the awards ceremony included Cool Teens™ Willow and Jaden Smith winning the New Fashion Icons statuette, photographer Bruce Weber taking home the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator and designer Molly Goddard being recognized as British Emerging Talent for her frilly confections.
See the full list of winners here:
Swarovski Award for Positive Change: Franca Sozzani
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Bruce Weber
Outstanding Achievement: Ralph Lauren
New Fashion Icons: Jaden and Willow Smith
Special Recognition: British Vogue
British Emerging Talent: Molly Goddard
British Menswear Designer: Craig Green for Craig Green
British Womenswear Designer: Simone Rocha
British Brand: Alexander McQueen
International Business Leader: Marco Bizzarri for Gucci
International Urban Luxury Brand: Vetements
International Model: Gigi Hadid
International Accessories Designer: Alessandro Michele for Gucci
International Ready-to-Wear Designer: Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga