A star-studded ceremony and host of celebrity A-listers last night marked London’s annual British Fashion Awards. While Victoria Beckham grabbed the prize for Brand of the Year, Erdem and Nicholas Ghesquiere snuck in to claim two of the other big-hitting awards—Womenswear Designer and International Designer, respectively. Yet, as always with these events, there was a lot more going on beneath the surface. David Beckham could be seen beaming with pride at wife Victoria’s accolade, whilst Alexander McQueen’s designer Sarah Burton, flanked by Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, was overcome with tears of joy at being named Red Carpet Designer of the Year.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the talk of the evening was the return of John Galliano to the fashion scene, as he made his first public appearance since his appointment at Margiela. Presenting friend Anna Wintour with her Outstanding Achievement award, Galliano gracefully made the baby steps needed to be accepted back into London’s fashion fold. Looking smart and en pointe, Galliano thanked everyone who had stuck by him in his moments of hardship and praised Wintour, who was quick to return the favour, heralding the designer’s talent.
The fashion world can no doubt often be a fickle place, but it was last night’s awards that showed the rewarding and binding nature of an industry that truly appreciates hard work and longevity. Edward Enninful, who worked as a stylist at i-D magazine from age 18 and is now a force to be reckoned with, was recognised with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator. Chris Moore, the catwalk photographer, also had his contribution noted as he accepted the Special Recognition Award. And Anna Wintour didn’t neglect to mention the part that the dazzling city of London plays in the creative process of the fashion industry, hailing the city as one of pioneering achievements and innovations. We can only hope that the capital continues to live up to its fashionable reputation for many years to come.