It was a big night for Gucci – and for Demna Gvasalia, too – at the 2016 Fashion Awards tonight at Royal Albert Hall in London.
Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele won international accessories designer, while the brand’s president and chief executive officer, Marco Bizzarri, took home international business leader. Both categories are new ones for 2016.
Gvasalia for Balenciaga won international ready-to-wear designer, while his brand Vetements scooped international urban luxury brand, a new category at the rebranded event, which was known until recently as the British Fashion Awards.
Molly Goddard won British emerging talent, while Simone Rocha, Craig Green and Alexander McQueen won for British womenswear; menswear and brand, respectively.
The New Fashion Icons prize went to celebrity siblings Jaden and Willow Smith, the children of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, while international model went to Gigi Hadid.
British Vogue’s centennial exhibition won a special recognition award, which was presented by Mario Testino.
Other award winners’ names had previously been revealed: Ralph Lauren for outstanding achievement in fashion; Bruce Weber, Isabella Blow Award for fashion creator; and Franca Sozzani, The Swarovski Award for Positive Change. The brand is the event’s principal sponsor.
It was the first time the ceremony took place at Royal Albert Hall, and the event was the inaugural annual fundraiser gala for the British Fashion Council Education Foundation charity.
The charity offers scholarships to bachelor of arts and master of arts students, as well as funding for apprenticeships. The BFC aims to raise 10 million pounds, or $12.7 million, over the next 10 years for the charity.
Some 4,000 people attended the event on a cold winter’s night, with guests including David Beckham, who handed Lauren his award at the end of the evening; Kate Beckinsale, who presented Rocha with her prize; as well as Lady Gaga, Stella Tennant, Salma Hayek Pinault and Tom Ford, who gave Sozzani her award.
As reported, 32 “creative influencers,” were also recognized during the ceremony for their behind-the-scenes work in the industry.
Among them were Camilla Lowther, Camilla Nickerson, Charlotte Tilbury, Glen Luchford, Joe McKenna, Katie Grand, Nick Knight, Patrick Kinmonth, Ronnie Cooke Newhouse and Sam McKnight.