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BFC Announce Fashion Awards 2017 with Swarovski

THE British Fashion Council have announced that The Fashion Awards 2017 will be returning to the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London this December. The annual event celebrates fashion excellence with outstanding individuals and business, both British and international, taking centre stage and recognising their contributions to the global fashion industry.

The BFC’s Education Foundation is funded primarily by The Fashion Awards. The premise of the awards is securing the future for the next generation of fashion talent but to also celebrate current leaders and their exceptional contributions to the industry. Caroline Rush CBE, CEO of The British Fashion Council, said, “Last year’s awards marked a landmark moment for the Education Foundation; it has been fantastic to see our industry reaffirm its support for education with such generosity.”  Thanking one of their main sponsors, Rush continued, “Swarovski have set the bar with their incredibly generous donation to this year’s fundraising efforts.”

gigiGigi Hadid and Donatella Versace backstage at The Fashion Awards 2016.
Photograph: Greg Williams, British Fashion Council

The Fashion Awards 2016 raised £700,000. The BFC Education Foundation received £300,00, with £400,00 invested in NEWGEN business support and the BFC Colleges Council. To date, the foundation has given over £100,000 to 12 BA and MA scholarships, in the last academic year. BFC Chairman Dame Natalie Massenet MBE said, “Last year we set the goal of raising £10million in 10 years to educate talented young people”.

Swarovski, acclaimed Austrian crystal producers, continue their generous support of the educational foundation, in advance of the event, pledging £300,000. Nadja Swarovski, of the Swarovski Executive Board stated, “An essential part of Swarovski’s mission is to nurture young designers and invest in the next generation of fashion talent.” Donations from Swarovski and those of some of the most esteemed British brands help maintain the future success of the industry for the next generation due to the impact of rising living expenses and tuition fees.

jadenEdward Enninful OBE, Jaden Smith and Skepta backstage at The Fashion Awards last year.
Photograph: Greg Williams, British Fashion Council

The event will be attended by designers, brands, creatives, business leaders, investors, media, VIPs, students and the general public. The ceremony not only recognises designers but to also diverse and talented individuals and their contributions to fashion. Nominations and winners are to be voted for by a panel of 2,000 international, key figures from across the fashion industry.

The categories for this year’s awards are as follows:
Accessories Designer
British Designer – Menswear
British Designer – Womenswear
British Emerging Talent – Menswear
British Emerging Talent – Womenswear
Business Leader
Designer of the Year
Model of the Year
Urban Luxury Brand

Special recognition awards are also to be presented on the night for the categories: the Outstanding Achievement Award, the Swarovski Award for Positive Change and the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator.

by Pierra George-Robertson

The The Fashion Awards 2017  take place on December 4

The event partners are Swarovski, American Express and Mercedes Benz

American Express offer card holders 72-hour pre-sale for The Fashion Awards 2017 from August 15. General sale is from August 18. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster

Make a donation to The Fashion Awards.

FashionWorked Announces Winners of its 2017 Awards


FASHIONWorked, the London-based website that focuses on independent designers and retailers, has announced the 2017 winners of its sixth annual awards – with Alexander McQueen, Lucy Choi and Elton John among them.


Hilary Alexander at the FashionWorked Awards © Wayne Noir for FashionWorked

Despite big-name winners and a rather illustrious judging panel comprising Hilary Alexander, Naomi Isted and Harold Tillman to name but a few, The Haus of Fashion Worked is somewhat an anomaly in the sartorial industry, adopting a light-hearted, jovial, sometimes outright hilarious approach to fashion journalism. The digital platform, which in the words of its founder Ross Pollard represents ‘a passion for the little people in fashion’, promotes alternative, independent brands, designers and retailers.


Joshua Kane at the FashionWorked Awards © Wayne Noir for FashionWorked

The evening was itself relaxed, amusing and intimate – a reflection of the FashionWorked ethos – and took part on the inconspicuous roof terrace of London’s Century Club.


Po-Zu at the FashionWorked Awards © Wayne Noir for FashionWorked

The winners are as follows, all of whom were given a miniature golden hippopotamus to take home – Ross Pollard’s preferred disguise:

Best designer in association with Candid Magazine: Alexander McQueen
Best independent designer in association with Rion Magazine: Cimone
Best independent accessory maker in association with Ciroc Vodka: Lucy Choi
Best high street store in association with The Grooming: & Other Stories
Worst high street store: Topshop and Missguided
Best trend in association with Forward PR: The return of the white shirt
Worst trend in association with Farblack: Overly ripped denim
Best accessory in association with Ciroc Vodka: Pins and badges
Worst awards outfit of the year in association with Forward PR: Jennifer Lewis
Best awards outfit of the year in association with Ciroc Vodka: Viola Davis
The always incredible style icon in association with The Grooming Room: Elton John
Ethical fashion award in association with the Ethical Fashion Forum: Po-Zu
Best blog in association with Century Soho: The Male Stylist
Best event in association with Century Soho: The Joshua Kane London Palladium Catwalk
Best radio show: Hoxton Fashion
Lifetime achievement award: Alison Lowe


Alison Lowe of Felicities at the FashionWorked Awards © Wayne Noir for FashionWorked

By Hannah Bergin