Sam Smith’s BFA’s Performance. Photo Courtesy of The British Fashion Council.

The British Fashion Awards, a pinnacle event in the fashion calendar, unfolded with exceptional grandeur, showcasing a fusion of iconic brands like Roberto Cavalli, Gianvito Rossi, NARS, and Balmain Hair. This year, the awards, presented by Pandora and organized by the British Fashion Council (BFC), recognized outstanding contributions across multiple categories in the fashion industry.

Pre-event, fashion influencers and stars including Lottie Tomlinson, Maja Malnar, Sophie Hermann, Elarica Johnson, and Hana Cross were transformed into dazzling visions of beauty and style under the expert hands of Balmain Hair and NARS cosmetics at the Carlton Tower Jumeirah in Knightsbridge. The Carlton Tower buzzed with anticipation as these guests, each a symbol of modern elegance, were prepped for the big event. Hosted by The FRNTAL PR in a VIP box, they were predominantly decked in outfits from Roberto Cavalli and Gianvito Rossi, brands that are synonymous with contemporary luxury. Their attire was not just a fashion statement but a narrative of intricate design and craftsmanship.

Anne Hathaway at the BFA’s 2023 Red Carpet. Photo Courtesy: BFC

The British Fashion Council (BFC) revealed the winners of The Fashion Awards 2023 presented by Pandora at the event. Organized by the BFC, the evening celebrated 16 awards, voted for by an international panel of over 1000 industry experts. Each winner received a unique trophy designed by Julie Liu in collaboration with the World of Glass. 

British broadcaster Maya Jama and musical artist Kojey Radical hosted the ceremony, which featured highlights like the Red Carpet LIVE by SmartWater, hosted by Law Roach and Julia Hobbs. Global superstar Usher opened the event, followed by performances from METTE, Cultural Innovator Award winner Sam Smith, and a DJ set by Skepta.

Designer of The Year Award: Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson and LOEWE. Presented by Josh O’Connor. Photo Courtesy: BFC

The Winners & Their Achievements:

Designer of the Year Award: Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson and LOEWE, acknowledged for his innovative collections that have significantly impacted the fashion industry.

British Womenswear Designer Award: Maximilian Davis for Ferragamo, recognized for his consistent global impact and innovative designs in womenswear.

British Menswear Designer Award: Martine Rose, celebrated for her contribution to menswear, shaping the international landscape with her creative designs.

BFC Foundation Designer Award: Conner Ives, honored for his major impact on global fashion over the past year.

New Establishment Womenswear Award: Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena for Chopova Lowena, recognized for creating a new movement in British fashion with sustained global impact.

New Establishment Menswear Award: Bianca Saunders, celebrated for her significant contribution to creating a new movement in British menswear.

Outstanding Achievement Award: Valentino Garavani, for his lifelong creative contributions, reshaping the fashion world through innovation and creativity.

Model of the Year Award: Paloma Elsesser, recognized for her global impact and influence that transcends the catwalk.

Paloma Elesser, Model of The Year Award. Photo Courtesy: British Fashion Council

Special Recognition Awards:

Charlotte Tilbury: For her outstanding contribution to the fashion industry.

Sarah Mower: For championing young designer talent.

Sarah Burton: For her outstanding contribution to the fashion industry.

Joe Casely-Hayford: Recognized for his contributions to culture and fashion.

Cultural Innovator Award: Sam Smith, acknowledged as a leading innovator and image-maker in entertainment, creating viral fashion moments.

Trailblazer Award: Edward Enninful, celebrated for significantly shaping the industry through his innovative work in the past year.

The Pandora Leader of Change Award: Michaela Coel, for leading with innovation to create positive global change.

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Campbell Addy, recognized for his invaluable contributions that have changed the entire fashion landscape.

Charlotte Tilbury, winner of a Special Recognition Award. Photo Courtesy: British Fashion Council.

The event is the primary fundraiser for the BFC Foundation Charity, supporting the British fashion industry’s future growth and success. Partners such as Don Julio, Getty Images, Moët & Chandon, Royal Salute, SmartWater, and The Peninsula London played a crucial role in this successful event.

The British Fashion Awards, known for its exclusivity and glamour, lived up to its reputation. It was a night that celebrated haute couture, style and recognition within the industry. The event was not just about the glitz and glamour but also about celebrating the creative spirits and the relentless pursuit of excellence in fashion. 

BFA Awards 2023 Presented by Pandora. Photo Courtesy of British Fashion Council.

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