Last night, the British Fashion Awards 2009 were held in London. Over 500 industry leaders, celebrities, designers, retailers, models and journalists were on hand to celebrate the last 25 years of British Fashion and to recognize the most influential people in fashion today. The event also brought to a close the 25th anniversary celebrations of London Fashion Week.
The event was attended by a huge line-up of celebrities, including Victoria Beckham (who wore her own line), Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer. Eleven awards were handed out, including BFC Designer of the Year, BFC British Collection of the Year and BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design. Here is our run down on the winners of the night:
Christopher Bailey, the chief creative director of Burberry, took out Designer of the Year for the second time, having previously won the award in 2005. Bailey also took home the Designer Brand award. The Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator went to Vogue creative director Grace Coddington, who was the surprise star of this year’s ‘The September Issue.’
The BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design award went to John Galliano. The award acknowledged his work as creative director for Christian Dior, as well as for his own labels, John Galliano and Galliano. Christopher Kane took home the BFC British Collection of the Year award. Kane has also had a great year, collaborating with Donatella Versace on Versace’s Versus line, as well as designing his own label and a collection for Topshop.
This year, there was also a one-off London 25 Award that was decided by public vote. The award was designed to celebrate ‘an individual who embodies the spirit of London and is an international ambassador for London as a leading creative fashion capital.’ Supermodel Kate Moss took home the award, proving that she is as popular as ever.
Aspiring supermodel Georgia Jagger took home the Model of the Year award. The daughter of Sir Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Georgia became the face of Rimmel London earlier this year and is set to star in Versace’s spring ad campaign.
The Accessory Designer award went to Kate Hillier, who has designed for Luella, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney. Meanwhile, Kim Jones, the creative director of Dunhill, won the Menswear Designer award. Finally, Swarovski sponsored two awards on the night. The Swarovski Emerging Talent Award for Accessories was won by Holly Fulton, while the Swarovski Emerging Talent Award for Ready-to-Wear was won by Peter Pilotto.