Simone Rocha Named British Designer of the Year

Nadja Swarovski, Dame Natalie Massenet and Caroline Rush CBE at The Fashion Awards 2016 (Zoe Lower, BFC)
Nadja Swarovski, Dame Natalie Massenet and Caroline Rush CBE at The Fashion Awards 2016 (Zoe Lower, BFC)

On December 5th, the British Fashion Council announced the winner of The Fashion Awards 2016 naming to top honors Craig Green for Craig Green as British Menswear Designer and Simone Rocha for Simone Rocha as British Womenswear Designer

Held at the venerable Royal Albert Hall with 4,000 members of the industry and the public attending this year’s awards an international set of winners were announced at a larger ceremony than ever before. The room was a who’s who of the fashion industry and their muses; business leaders, creative influencers, global brands, fashion icons and designers from across the globe came together to celebrate their industry.

Notable attendees included Anna Wintour OBE, Carine Roitfeld, Dame Natalie Massenet, David Beckham OBE, Domhnall Gleeson, Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss, Kate Beckinsale, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Lara Stone, Marilyn Manson, Mario Testino OBE, Nadja Swarovski, Naomi Campbell, Salma Hayek Pinault, Skepta, Stella Tennant and Tom Ford.

The Fashion Awards 2016

  • British Emerging Talent: Molly Goddard
    Presented by Alexa Chung & Jordan Kale Barrett
  • The Swarovski Award for Positive Change: Franca Sozzani (Editor in Chief, Vogue Italia & L’Uomo Vogue)
    Presented by Tom Ford
  • British Menswear Designer: Craig Green for Craig Green
    Presented by Lady Gaga
  • British Womenswear Designer: Simone Rocha for Simone Rocha
    Presented by Kate Beckinsale
  • Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Bruce Weber (Photographer)
    Presented by David Bailey CBE & James Jagger
  • Special Recognition: Celebrating 100 years of British Vogue
    Presented by Mario Testino OBE
  • British Brand: Alexander McQueen
    Presented by Naomi Campbell
  • International Business Leader: Marco Bizzari (President and CEO, GUCCI)
    Presented by Francois Henri Pinault & Karlie Kloss
  • International Urban Luxury Brand: Vetements
    Presented by Marilyn Manson
  • New Fashion Icons: Jaden & Willow Smith
    Presented by Edward Enninful OBE & Skepta
  • International Model: Gigi Hadid
    Presented by Donatella Versace
  • International Accessories Designer: Alessandro Michele for Gucci
    Presented by Jared Leto
  • International Ready-to-Wear Designer: Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga
    Presented by Carine Roitfeld & Stella Tennant
  • Outstanding Achievement in Fashion: Ralph Lauren
    Presented by David Beckham OBE

32 Creative Influencers were also recognised during the ceremony for the important work they do behind the scenes of the fashion industry, including photographers, stylists, make-up artists, set designers and agents. The full list of Creative Influencers celebrated is as follows:

Alasdair McLellan | Alastair McKimm | Ashley Brokaw | Camilla Lowther | Camilla Nickerson
Charlotte Tilbury | David Sims | Edward Enninful OBE | Gary Card | Glen Luchford | Guido Palau
Harley Weir | Isamaya Ffrench | Jamie Hawkesworth | Joe McKenna | Karen Langley
Katie Grand | Lotta Volkova | Lucia Pica | Marcus Piggott | Mario Testino OBE | Mert Atlas | Nick Knight OBE
Pat McGrath MBE | Patrick Kinmonth | Paul Hanlon | Ronnie Cooke Newhouse | Sam McKnight
Shona Heath | Sylvia Farago | Tim Walker | Tyrone Lebon

The Fashion Awards 2016 was the inaugural annual fundraiser gala for the British Fashion Council Education Foundation charity. The Education Foundation offers scholarships to talented young people to study BAs and MAs and offers funding for apprenticeships to develop much needed industry skills. The British Fashion Council aims to raise £10million over the next ten years for the charity. Donations to the Education Foundation can be made online via fashionawards.com/donate.

Alternatively please text FASH16 £[AMOUNT] to 70070 to donate up to a maximum of £10 per text. You can send up to £30 worth of donations via text per day.

The generosity and commitment of our sponsors is more vital than ever. Principal Sponsor SWAROVSKI for their support of The Fashion Awards 2016. Official Presenting Sponsors of the event are American Express, M•A•C and TONI&GUY. Official Sponsors are Cîroc, Marks & Spencer, Mercedes-Benz and SHOWstudio.

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