Earlier this week, London’s Royal Albert Hall was transformed into a glamorous setting for this year’s annual Fashion Awards. Attended by some of the biggest names in fashion, including Kate Moss, Winnie Harlow, Karlie Kloss, and Jourdan Dunn.
Celebrating some of the industry’s biggest successes in 2016, here are four big winners from Monday’s ceremony.
Molly Goddard: British Emerging Talent
With several successful collections under her belt, West London designer Molly Goddard has been specialising in pleating, crocheting and smocking since studying her BA in Fashion Knit at Central St Martins. The likes of Rihanna and Agyness Deyn have since stepped into the public eye wearing her playful garments (Deyn’s wedding dress was designed by Goddard) and this week, she was handed the award for British Emerging Talent. At the ceremony, Goddard – who said she “wasn’t expecting it” - gracefully thanked everyone who voted, as well as her close family and boyfriend.
Franca Sozzani: The Swarovski Award for Positive Change
Editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, Franca Sozzani, received the very first Swarovski Award for Positive Change. Dedicated to those who use their resources to benefit good causes, Sozzani is founding member of CHILD PRIORITY, a not-for-profit organisation created by Condé Nast to provide study and work opportunities to those who wouldn’t otherwise have the chance, despite being gifted in the arts.
Gigi Hadid: International Model
After competing against her younger sister Bella for the title, Gigi Hadid was crowned international model of the year. Hadid, who has modelled for some of the biggest brands in the business, including Chanel, Michael Kors and Miu Miu, was handed the award by fashion mogul Donatella Versace, before kicking off a mannequin challenge on stage. The award is traditionally handed to those who have demonstrated influence beyond the catwalk. With more than 26 million Instagram followers, Hadid said that she was blessed to be a part of the social media generation.
Ralph Lauren: Outstanding Achievement
Renowned American fashion designer, Ralph Lauren, was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement award on Monday night. Celebrating those who have made a significant contribution to the global fashion industry, Lauren was handed the prize by David Beckham, an incredible 49 years after the Ralph Lauren Corporation launched. A gracious Lauren accepted the award, saying: “When you talk about lifetime achievement, I feel like I’m still 22. I’m excited about what’s coming.”