The British Fashion Council’s Fashion Awards 2023 Highlights

The Fashion Awards 2023 took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London and celebrated creative excellence and talent. 

London’s Fashion Awards 2023 celebrated excellence in ingenuity and relayed its support to the next generation of creative talent. The prestigious event, presented by Pandora, took place on Monday evening, December 4, at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The Fashion Awards event serves as the primary fundraiser for the British Fashion Council’s (BFC) Foundation which was formed in 2019. It aims to support the field through education, giving grants, and business mentoring. 

The event spotlighted the fashion industry’s role at the intersection of culture and entertainment as well. 

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Star-studded Fashion Awards 2023

This year’s event saw through a number of celebrities and fashion icons who have graced the event. 

British television presenter Maya Jama and musician Kojey Radical hosted the event. Sam Smith, who was also an awardee, performed their song “HIM” at the program.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Tessa Thompson, Pamela Anderson, model Kate Moss, Lily James, and Anne Hathaway attended too, among others.

Anne Hathaway poses with Valentino’s co-founder, Giancarlo Giammetti
Anne Hathaway with Valentino’s co-founder, Giancarlo Giammetti/Photo via Instagram @realmrvalentino

Valentino wins Outstanding Achievement Award

The brand’s very own creator Valentino Garavani snagged the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Fashion Awards 2023. Co-founder Giancarlo Giammetti received the honor on his behalf and actress Paltrow presented it to him.

Gwyneth Paltrow presented Valentino’s honor at the Fashion Awards 2023
Gwyneth Paltrow presented Valentino’s honor at the Fashion Awards 2023/Photo via Instagram @maisonvalentino
Valentino Garavani is honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award/Photo via Instagram @giancarlogiametti

Jonathan Anderson snags Designer Of The Year

Jonathan Anderson of JW Anderson and Loewe got the honor for the Fashion Awards 2023’s Designer of the Year. This recognized a designer whose collections made notable impacts in the industry.

British actor Josh O’Connor presented Anderson with the award.

Jonathan Anderson posted the Designer of the Year trophy
Jonathan Anderson’s Designer of the Year trophy/Photo via Instagram @jonathan.anderson

Paloma Elsesser is Model of The Year

American model Paloma Elsesser received the honor for Model of The Year at the Fashion Awards 2023. The award acknowledged a model’s influence that goes beyond the catwalk and encompasses giving a contribution to the fashion industry.

British actor Damson Idris bestowed the award to Elsesser. 

Paloma Elsesser won Model of The Year and posed with Maximilian Davis, British Womenswear Designer of the Year
Maximilian Davis British Womenswear Designer of the Year with Model of The Year Paloma Elsesser/Photo via Instagram @suzymenkes

Sam Smith named Cultural Innovator

Smith attended the Fashion Awards 2023 with two outfits, proving their ever stylish tastes. They donned a customized jacket and black kilt by Andreas Kronthaler for Vivenne Westwood as their first outfit. 

(photo) Sam Smith performed at the Fashion Awards 2023
Sam Smith performs at the Fashion Awards 2023/Photo via Instagram @viviennewestwood

The singer changed into a taffeta gown from the same designer upon accepting the Cultural Innovator Award. Lena Dunham presented them the honor.

Sam Smith at the Fashion Awards 2023

The complete list of winners for this year can be found here. The event recognized 50 most innovative and inspiring young talents around the world through the NEW WAVE: Creatives 2023.

Banner photo via Instagram @djamila.afonso.

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