As post-Easter exams approach, Life and Style's Jess Howlett shares her tips on how to remain motivated over EasterWritten by Guest Author on 19th March 2018
British Fashion Award Winners 2017
The prestigious British Fashion Awards took place on the 4th of December at the Royal Albert Hall in London
The prestigious British Fashion Awards took place on the 4th of December at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It celebrated the best of British fashion in the last year through a night with glamour, class and all the biggest names in the industry. With many new award categories, anticipation was high for the announcement of the winners. The revealed list of winners does truly represent positive change and inspiring names in the industry.
Arguably a surprising win of the night was Adwoa Aboah walking away with ‘Model of the Year’. Although she’s been a reoccurring face on catwalks this year and even took the front page spot on Edward Enninful’s first Vogue as editor-in-chief, Aboah was up against competition including both Hadid sisters and hot-new-thing, Kaia Gerber. It’s therefore refreshing that Aboah, who often passionately speaks up for more diversity in the industry, took the prize. Aboah carefully selects which brands she will work with and makes a conscious effort to promote respectable messages. For example, she attended the award ceremony wearing a dress designed by Michael Halpern; an new designer who probably appreciated the publicity that the ‘Model of the Year’ attracted by wearing one of his designs.
“Aboah carefully selects which brands she will work with and makes a conscious effort to promote respectable messages
Another win demonstrating how the fashion industry is taking steps in a positive direction was Stella McCartney being recognised with the new ‘Spatial Recognition Award For Innovation’. McCartney is the first recipient of this award due to her work to make her brand more sustainable. She makes the brave decision to not use leather or fur in any of the luxury products she designs and has rather innovated new ways to achieve high quality materials, for example by growing silk thread in labs. McCartney also deserves this commendation due to other environmentally and socially conscious decisions like using recycled plastic from oceans and viscose sourced from sustainable forests in products and also creating an initiative to allow Stella McCartney clothes to be sold on at lower, more accessible prices.
Maria Grazia Chiuri was the winner of the ‘Swarovski Award for Positive Change’ due to her stand for female empowerment. Chiuri is the first ever female Creative Director at Dior and has made sure to use this platform to promote her message. She’s doesn’t shy away from the business side of her role at Dior, acting as a positive role model to other women wanting to take senior roles in the industry. She has sold T-Shirts with the words ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ and ‘Why Have There Been No Great Female Artists?’, using the catwalk to show that she’s not afraid to push for change and promote her own ideas.
Other notable winners include Donatella Versace who won the ‘Style Icon’ award in light of it being 20 years since her brother’s death, Christopher Bailey won ‘Outstanding Contribution to British Fashion’ as he leaves Burberry after having been responsible for rebranding the British fashion house, and Raf Simons taking away ‘Designer of the Year’ for his popular work with Calvin Klein.
“Overall, the awards and their winners portrayed progressive action towards sustainability and diversity in the fashion industry and celebrated those keeping British fashion relevant and important
Overall, the awards and their winners portrayed progressive action towards sustainability and diversity in the fashion industry and celebrated those keeping British fashion relevant and important. Whether the winners were selected for this reason or not, the night shed light on positivity in the British fashion industry.