The 2012 British Fashion Awards were held on Tuesday 27th November at The Savoy
Hotel and Theatre, London. Hosted by Gemma Arterton and Nick Grimshaw, the ceremony
saw the best of the British and international fashion industries joined by a glamorous line-up
of guests and presenters, including BFC Ambassador Samantha Cameron, Valentino, Manolo
Blahnik CBE, Stella McCartney, Sarah Burton, Zaha Hadid DBE, Christopher Kane
and Alexa Chung.
Stella McCartney won the esteemed Designer of the Year award while also picking up
the Designer Brand award on behalf of her eponymous label, recognising a momentous year
for the designer in 2012. The hotly contested New Establishment award was won by Erdem,
who over the past two seasons has continued to raise his profile over the past year receiving
critical acclaim for his collections from a global audience.
The British Fashion Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion, was awarded to
Manolo Blahnik CBE. This special award celebrates and recognises one designer who
through out their career has made an impact on the global fashion industry and the award
pays tribute to Manolo’s extraordinary career and contribution to fashion.
The Accessories award is the most prestigious accolade which can be won by a leading British
designer of shoes, jewellery, millinery or accessories. This year’s award went to Nicholas
Kirkwood, in view of his iconic shoe designs and internationally acclaimed business.
Kim Jones was awarded the honour of Menswear Designer of the year for the second year in a
row, based on his contribution to the menswear industry and most notably for his work at the helm
of luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton’s menswear ready-to-wear line.
Cara Delevingne picked up the Model award, in recognition of her contribution to the
international fashion scene over the past year. A Burberry model since 2010 and currently
the face of Chanel, Cara’s unique sense of style and flair in front of the camera has made her
one of the most prominent names in fashion, walking in an impressive 31 shows in
September after being described as the star face of autumn/winter 13 by British Vogue.
She most recently graced the catwalk in the iconic Victoria’s Secret show.
The British Style Award brought to you by Vodafone recognises an individual who
most embodies the spirit of London and is an international ambassador for London
as a leading creative fashion capital. Decided entirely by the public,
Alexa Chung has been voted as this year’s winner.
This is the third time Alexa has been recognised at the British Fashion Awards
for her style credentials, and she remains the sole winner of the
British Style Award since its introduction in 2010.
Cover picture: Alexa Chung