The evening began on the red carpet with a YouTube livestream hosted by model Eva Herzigova, where glitterati flaunted Swarovski-embellished ensembles paired with luxe Atelier Swarovski jewelry. Prologue, a grandiose crystal installation by Fredrikson Stallard featuring over 8,000 gold-and topaz-colored crystals, offered a glistening backdrop for the paparazzi flashes.
Inside, a constellation of lights enveloped the iconic venue, epitomizing the awards’ star-studded guest list which included Naomi Watts, Brooke Shields, Cindy Crawford, David and Victoria Beckham, Kendall Jenner, Jerry Hall, Jourdan Dunn, Kaia Gerber, Karen Elson, Kate Moss, Lana Del Rey, Rita Ora, Rosamund Pike, Uma Thurman and HRH Duchess of Sussex.
The ceremony spotlighted leaders within the international fashion business and winners of the night were presented with crystal trophies designed by David Adjaye, the founder and principal architect of Adjaye Associates. Recipients included Richard Quinn who won British Emerging Talent Womenswear, while photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott were presented with the Isabella Blow Award by Penélope Cruz, who appears in the new Atelier Swarovski Holiday campaign shot by the duo.
Dame Vivienne Westwood was also honored with the Swarovski Award for Positive Change. The accolade acknowledges her efforts over the course of 20 years to positively impact our society and the environment, an ethos in line with Swarovski’s efforts to promote a more sustainable future for us all.
The Fashion Awards were established by the British Fashion Council (BFC) in 1989 and are held annually to recognize the most outstanding contributions to the fashion industry during the year. It is also the primary fundraising event for the BFC, helping to secure a sustainable lifeline for future generations of fashion talent by raising funds for the organization’s charitable efforts and Education Foundation.
As the official partner sponsor, Swarovski has pledged £300,000 for the second consecutive year to the BFC’s Education Foundation and wider fashion support projects.
Further support comes in the form of a limited-edition capsule collection of Swarovski crystal stickers designed in collaboration with Elton John, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga and sister Natali Germanotta, and Billie Eilish. The stickers will be sold at swarovski.com and selected Swarovski stores from December 10th to 31st with all proceeds donated to the BFC Education Foundation.
Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented, “We are delighted to partner with the BFC on the Fashion Awards for a fifth year, and to work together with the industry to provide young designers with the financial support and mentorship they need to thrive.”