Social activism dominates 2022 Fashion Awards night – WWD

LONDON – “Fashion touches all countries, continents and time zones. We must use our power for good,” said Jodie Turner-Smith, who hosted the Fashion Awards here on Monday night.

The British and Jamaican activist and actor asked the crowd of hundreds gathered at the Royal Albert Hall: “Can you imagine the fashion industry without the LGBTQIA+ community? Fashion is with you and supports you in what has been a difficult and sometimes very crazy time.

She set the tone for the evening. This year’s awards ceremony mirrored the events of the past year, focusing on the top performers in creativity and social impact.

It was telling that this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award went not to a designer – winners in the past have included Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani and Karl Lagerfeld – but to a businessman who has made a fortune in outdoor clothing and then gave it all away in the name of the environment.

Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, was recognized by the British Fashion Council with the award at the Fashion Awards on Monday.

Chouinard, notoriously shy in publicity, was not there to accept it in person. Instead, Charles Conn, President of the Brand, stood in his place and said, “I hear it in every theme tonight, a desire to create with more sustainability, with more caring. It was a theme that repeated itself throughout the evening.

In September, Chouinard transferred ownership of the company he founded to two new entities – the Patagonia Purpose Trust and the Holdfast Collective.

Caroline Rush, BFC’s chief executive, said earlier that Chouinard had set “a new precedent” for responsible business.

“By building a brand that consistently encourages his consumers to buy well and buy less, he changed the mindset of consumers about the lifecycle of clothing and created an invaluable blueprint for a just transition within the apparel industry. “, she said.

Model of the Year winner was Bella Hadid, who casts a halo around nearly every brand she wears, driving sales and raising awareness. In addition to her modeling, she has been a prolific activist and fundraiser.

In October, she received the Golden Heart Award for Mental Health from the charity God’s Love We Deliver. She and her sister, Gigi Hadid, have pledged to donate their earnings from Fashion Week 2022 to charities supporting Ukraine and Palestine.

Stylist Carlos Nazario accepted the award on Hadid’s behalf, along with a home video sent by the model.

“Being the daughter of a refugee father from Palestine and an immigrant mother from Holland, there is a kind of work ethic that runs through our veins. It’s not to be the best. It’s not to be better than others. It’s just to be able to succeed because our ancestors never had such an opportunity in their lifetime. This is for Palestinian children. It’s for Dutch children. This is for any child, immigrant or refugee,” said Hadid, who went on to thank her peers and “all the role models who show up every day and work hard with little or no recognition. I know it’s not easy.

There was also the Leaders of Change award which was given to 15 individuals, 10 of whom were recognized for their work in the areas of environmental impact and diversity, equality and inclusion.

Among them, Bethany Williams, Connor Ives, Gabriela Hearst, Marine Serre, Rafael Pavarotti, Sinead Burke and Ukrainian designer Julie Pelipas.

Pelipas took the stage to thank the British fashion industry for her country’s support.

“We all love fashion here, it accompanies us on a daily basis. It is our greatest gift. I want you to imagine, doing everything you do, but in total darkness – there was no electricity, no heating, no water supply, and under constant risk of be killed or injured, right in your office. This is exactly how the Ukrainian fashion industry works right now,” Pelipas said.

“We continue to produce clothes, shoot campaigns and run retail businesses. We even launched new beauty brands and all of this in unusual settings,” she continued, and optimistically invited everyone to the Ukraninan Fashion Awards in Ukraine next year.

Charles Jeffrey and Tilda Swinton

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The conversation took an even more political turn during the evening, with host Turner-Smith poking fun at the current British political landscape, pitching the idea that Tilda Swinton, one of the evening’s presenters, should run for the post of Prime Minister.

She also put on her environmental activist hat, urging the main sponsor of the Diet Coke party to stop using plastic bottles.

The winners of the evening, meanwhile, were delighted to receive their rewards.

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Pierpaolo Piccioli and Kristen McMenamy

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“Being nominated already means a victory for me, my team and the people who share this journey with me,” Pierpaolo Piccioli told WWD ahead of his big win as Designer of the Year for Valentino. “It’s party time already.

SS Daley accepted the BFC Foundation award saying, “Royal Albert Hall! I feel like Adele. Whoever voted for this category — you have amazing taste. I’m super excited for the UK talent tonight.

Wales Bonner won the Independent British Brand, where she thanked her longtime collaborator, stylist Tom Guinness, and his team in a short speech.

The three prizes were awarded by an international jury made up of 1,000 industry experts.

Designer of the Year was the biggest prize of the evening. Each year it is awarded to a British or international designer whose collections have had “a notable impact on the industry, defining the shape of global fashion”, according to the BFC.

The original nominees were Demna for Balenciaga; Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson and Loewe; Matthieu Blazy for Bottega Veneta; Miuccia Prada; and Piccioli.

As reported, Balenciaga and Demna pulled out of Monday’s event amid ongoing controversy over two of the brand’s ad campaigns involving child and pornography issues.

Balenciaga and Demna both apologized for the ads.

Demna was considered a front-runner for the award due to its bold, cutting-edge live events and overall fashion influence.

During the evening there was also a tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, with The Fashion Salute Show.

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Naomi Campbell

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“Her Majesty has endorsed the work ‘the BFC has done’ and has helped foster the future of young creative talent,” said Naomi Campbell, who presented the tribute.

Participating designer brands included Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Christopher Kane, David Koma, Dunhill, Edward Crutchley, Erdem, Halpern, Harris Reed, JW Anderson, Matty Bovan, Molly Goddard, Roksanda, Roland Mouret, Simone Rocha, Stella McCartney, Stephen Jones, Vivienne Westwood, Victoria Beckham and Zandra Rhodes.

The fashion show ended with a Great Highland bagpipe in a nod to the Queen’s love for Scotland.

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The pre-show ceremony involved a “Jean Paul Gaultier Fashion Freak Show”, a sparkling combination of revue, pop concert and fashion show, while the awards ceremony opened with a Year in Review moderated by Christine Quinn, Tom Daley and Munya Chawawa.

The film included highlights from all four fashion capitals; the struggle for freedom in Iran and men’s and women’s football.

There was a live performance by singer Shygirl, who performed her single “Cleo,” in a white puffer as big as the state of Alaska.

Dixie D'Amelio, Poppy Delevingne, Lily James, Sabrina Elba, Han So-he, Charlotte Tilbury, Olivia Culpo, Sabrina Carpenter and Heidi D'Amelio

Dixie D’Amelio, Poppy Delevingne, Lily James, Sabrina Elba, Han So-he, Charlotte Tilbury, Olivia Culpo, Sabrina Carpenter and Heidi D’Amelio.

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Charlotte Tilbury presented and accepted the award on behalf of Katie Grand, who won the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Designer.

The cosmetics guru praised Blow for introducing her with Grand in the mid-’90s.

“Issy Blow was one of the reasons I dreamed about fashion,” Tilbury read in a note Grand gave her, thanking her family and friends. Grand was unable to attend the event.

Jefferson Hack, co-founder of Dazed Media, received a special recognition award for cultural preservation from his friend Swinton, who compared him to the English poet William Blake and called him “my dear friend, my comrade”.

The annual Fashion Awards event raises funds for the BFC Foundation, a charity which supports the future growth and success of the UK fashion industry focusing on talent, education, grant making and business mentoring, and aims to improve equality and opportunity in the industry. .

The BFC said in the 2021-22 financial year it had disbursed more than £1.3million in funds to designers and students.

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