“Our aim is to make the Fashion Awards 2016 bigger and better than ever. Nadja and her team at Swarovski have made these awards possible and we are thrilled to be working in partnership with them once again.” Natalie Massenet, Chairman of the British Fashion Council.
The featured award categories were split between local and international talent. For the British awards, Molly Goddard won Emerging Talent while Craig Green received British Menswear Designer and Simone Rocha the corresponding Womenswear award. These designers were presented the award by Alexa Chung, Lady Gaga, and Kate Beckinsale (respectively). Alexander McQueen received the award for Best British Brand, which was accepted by the company’s creative director Sarah Burton.
The inaugural Swarovski Award for Positive Change was given to Franca Sozzanni, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue. Presented by Tom Ford, Sozzanni was praised for her commitment to diversity and emerging talent as well as the consistent visibility she gives to social issues in the pages of her magazines. Sozzanni is committed to raising awareness of important topics and uses her influence to positively impact the wider world.
“During Franca’s nearly three decades as editor of Vogue Italia she has worked tirelessly both to innovate and push the creative boundaries of fashion, and to help lead the global fight for a world without AIDS, cancer and hunger. Franca is an incredible woman and a force for good, and this award is the perfect celebration of her commitment to positive change, both inside and outside the industry.” Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board.
In addition to Sozzanni, a suite of achievement awards was bestowed on legendary talent for their contributions to the fashion industry. Famed photographer Bruce Weber was honored with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, which was presented by David Bailey CBE and James Jagger. American icon Ralph Lauren received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion, with David Beckham OBE bestowing the honor. Balancing out the lifelong achievers were Willow and Jaden Smith, who were recognized as New Fashion Icons.
The international awards were a mix of industry and consumer achievements. Marco Bizzari, President and CEO of Gucci, was recognized as International Business Leader while the company’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele won International Accessories Designer. American phenomenon Gigi Hadid was recognized as International Model while Parisian fashion brand Vetements won International Urban Luxury Brand. Demna Gvasalia of Balenciaga received the award for International Ready-to-Wear Designer.
The winners were selected by a panel of 800 global industry leaders. Each winner received a custom-made Swarovski crystal award, designed exclusively by Marc Newson for Swarovski.
In addition to the awards, British Vogue was recognized for 100 years of contributions to the fashion industry. Peppering throughout the awards was work from 32 creative influencers, highlighting the important contributions they provide to fashion behind-the-scenes. These included photographers, stylists, make-up artists, set designers and agents. Featured artists included photographers Nick Knight and Tim Walker, make-up artist Pat McGrath MBE, hairstylist Sam McKnight and creative director Ronnie Cooke Newhouse.
The 2016 Fashion Awards marked the inaugural annual fundraiser gala for the British Fashion Council Education Foundation charity. The Education Foundation offers scholarships to talented young people to study BAs and MAs and offers funding for apprenticeships to develop much needed industry skills. The British Fashion Council aims to raise £10million over the next ten years for the charity.