25 years after the BFC introduced the British Fashion Awards, last night’s ceremony saw John Galliano make a surprise appearance, presenting Vogue editor Anna Wintour OBE with the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award.
Both have enjoyed successful 2014’s, with Green presenting his first standalone show at London Collections: Men in June, and Paulo and Marta collaborating with Topshop in September.
Each thanked the late Louise Wilson in their acceptance speeches, “without whom we wouldn’t be here”. A special tribute was also paid to Wilson during the ceremony, with outfits created by many of her former students paraded on stage.
Simone Rocha – who last year won the Emerging Talent Award (Womenswear) – claimed New Establishment Designer, while J.W.Anderson picked up the award for Menswear Designer, stating that he never imagined he’d win an award for menswear; Erdem was crowned Womenswear Designer and Cara Delevingne, Model of the Year.
Suzy Menkes presented the Special Recognition Award to Catwalking’s Chris Moore, observing that, “Chris Moore is a photographer that could catch a falling star, that means either Kate Moss or of the celestial kind.”
And finally W magazine’s fashion and style director Edward Enninful picked up the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator from Naomi Campbell.
Enninful, who became the youngest ever fashion director of an international publication when he picked up the title aged 18 at i-D, remarked of his win: “If there are any kids out there who think it’s impossible to get ahead in the fashion industry because of their colour, their creed or their social background, believe me, if I can do it so can you.”
The full list can be found here.