Fashion Awards 2023
London’s Royal Albert Hall set the stage for a dazzling night of fashion as the city hosted the prestigious Fashion Awards 2023. The red carpet was a spectacle of A-list celebrities and influential figures in the fashion industry, braving the typical December drizzle under a sea of umbrellas.
Hollywood royalty graced the event, with Anne Hathaway, Pamela Anderson, and Gwyneth Paltrow, among others, showcasing their impeccable style. New faces in the fashion scene, such as supermodel Lila Moss and Taylor Russell, mingled with the established stars, creating an exciting atmosphere.
Inside the Royal Albert Hall, the glittering disco ball took center stage as the fashion elite settled in for the evening’s proceedings. The event kicked off with a captivating performance by rising musician Mette, setting the tone for a night that celebrated creativity and innovation in the fashion world.
Among the notable winners was Conner Ives, receiving the BFC Foundation award for his innovative designs that blend pop culture with fashion. The team behind Chopova Lowena claimed the New Establishment award for their unique fusion of Bulgarian handicrafts and American sports culture.
A touching moment occurred when British Vogue’s departing editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, presented a special achievement award to Sarah Burton, former creative director of Alexander McQueen. The late Joe Casely-Hayford, a steadfast talent in London’s fashion scene, was posthumously honored with a special recognition award, accepted by his son, Charlie Casely-Hayford.
Breaking barriers, Maximilian Davis made history as the first Black designer to win Designer of the Year, specifically the British womenswear designer of the year award for his elegant work at Ferragamo. Paloma Elsesser also made history as the first curve model to be named Model of the Year.
The evening paid homage to fashion icon Vivienne Westwood, whose legacy was evident not only in red carpet looks but also in a performance by Sam Smith wearing a gown designed by Andreas Kronthaler, Westwood’s longtime partner.
The event showcased not only glamor and style but also a commitment to diversity and recognition of groundbreaking talent. With awards celebrating emerging designers, cultural innovators, and industry trailblazers, the Fashion Awards 2023 affirmed London’s position as a global fashion hub.
See the full list of winners below:
BFC Foundation Award: Conner Ives
Special Recognition: Sarah Burton
New Establishment: Womenswear: Chopova Lowena
New Establishment: Menswear: Bianca Saunders
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Campbell Addy
Model of the Year: Paloma Elsesser
Special Recognition Award: Charlotte Tilbury
Entertainment Award: Sam Smith
Posthumous Special Recognition Award: Joe Casely Hayford
British Menswear Designer of the Year: Martine Rose
British Womenswear Designer of the Year: Maximilian Davis for Ferragamo
Special Recognition Award for Championing Young Designer Talent: Sarah Mower
Pandora Leader for Change: Michaela Coel
Trailblazer Award: Edward Enninful
Designer of the Year: Jonathan AndersonOutstanding Achievement Award: Valentino Garavani