Some awards got to teams as a substitute of people—one other method the Council is making an attempt to reform the trade’s problematic points round exclusion. A filmed introduction by Jane Goodall spotlit the ladies designers taking up environmental duty in style: Priya Ahluwalia, Gabriela Hearst, Bethany Williams, Phoebe English, and Stella McCartney. There was recognition for 50 worldwide New Wave Younger Creatives, and a joint accolade to Edward Enninful, Kenya Hunt, Telfar Clemens, Samuel Ross, and Harris Reed for “those that have led change by encouraging equal, numerous, and empowered workforces.”
All this got here below the night’s banner of presenting the trade as a constructive cultural and societal drive, much less about awarding a contest of style types than of an openness to all. Indicators of the worldwide youth-centered occasions have been flagged by TikTok’s omnipresent occasion sponsorship and a brand new Metaverse Design award.
In the long run, the ceremony is a fundraiser; sponsorships and desk gross sales go to scholarships for college kids and assist for rising expertise. Chanel and Christian Dior have additionally stepped as much as fund BFC students.
British style training feeds the way forward for the worldwide style trade, and to proceed to be inclusive which means supporting gifted individuals who can’t afford the charges. That reality ended up confirmed tonight by the celebration of the 20-year contribution of Lulu Kennedy’s non-profit Style East runway incubator, London’s first cease for aspiring style graduates.
Kim Jones got here from there. So did Simone Rocha, who was honored with the British Unbiased Designer award, in her tenth yr in enterprise. And so did Nensi Dojaka, the youngest rising star of the evening, who picked up her second main style award of the yr. Her first got here in the summertime, when she received the LVMH Prize. One of many inventive administrators on the LVMH jury who offered her with that prize was Virgil Abloh. His affect is all over the place.
See the complete record of award winners right here.