The British Fashion Awards are going digital this year

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  • With murmurs of a lockdown 2.0, and the decision by many designers to go digital only for their SS21 shows this past September, it comes as no surprise that the Fashion Awards 2020 will not happen in the physical form.

    The British Fashion Council announced that the event, which is basically the fashion equivalent of the Oscars, and normally takes place in December at the Royal Albert Hall, would be digital-only to comply with Covid-19 restrictions. It will be streamed and widely available.

    It said in a statement that the ceremony would ‘honour and celebrate the designers, brands, creatives and individuals who have created positive change within the fashion industry this year’.

    BFC CEO Caroline Rush added that now more than ever was the time to celebrate change. She said, ‘What the past couple of months have shown us, is that the fashion industry is in need of a reset. This is why this year, under unique circumstances, we felt that it was important to recognise the people and businesses who played a role in some of the most important and challenging issues of our generation and champion those who raised the bar in areas such as diversity, sustainability, and community.’

    Scroll down for everything you need to know about this year’s Fashion Awards, as well as last year’s best red carpet looks.

    When are the Fashion Awards 2020?

    The ceremony will be held online Thursday 3rd December, and will be widely streamed on platforms. The BFC announced that it hopes to host the awards as normal next year, on Monday 29th November 2021.

    What are the Fashion Awards?

    The Fashion Awards celebrate the talent and creativity that drives the business – and they’re also the biggest fundraiser of the year for the British Fashion Council, with the money raised being channelled into supporting and nurturing new design talent.

    This year, it will focus on the brands who showed resilience during the pandemic, as well as those who championed diversity and sustainability.

    Who is hosting the Fashion Awards 2020?

    We don’t yet know whether the online ceremony will have a host, but we can tell you that last year’s was hosted by the brilliantly funny Tracee Ellis Ross, while the year before that it was Jack Whitehall and model Alek Wek.

    Which celebrities attended the Fashion Awards?

    The Fashion Awards always draw an A-list crowd, and we expect there will be some celebrities involved this year as well, though they’ll likely be recorded at home. To give you an example, last year’s guest list included Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts and Cate Blanchett, as well as Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Ellie Goulding, and models such as Kaia Gerber and Winnie Harlow. There were also performances from Eric Calpton and Boy George .

    Fashion Award Nominees

    The nominations will be announced as part of a short film that will document the fashion industry in this extraordinary year, while bringing together a list of next generation opinion leaders and creatives to share their personal vision on the most important moments of 2020.

    In the meantime, take a look at least year’s nominees and winners.

    Accessories Designer of the Year

    Alessandro Michele for Gucci
    Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta
    Jonathan Anderson for Loewe
    Kim Jones for Dior Men
    Simon Porte Jacquemus for Jacquemus

    Brand of the Year

    Bottega Veneta
    Gucci
    Jacquemus
    Loewe
    Prada

    British Designer of the Year Menswear

    Craig Green for Craig Green
    Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner
    Kim Jones for Dior Men
    Martine Rose for Martine Rose
    Riccardo Tisci for Burberry

    British Designer of the Year Womenswear

    Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta
    John Galliano for Maison Margiela
    Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson & Loewe
    Richard Quinn for Richard Quinn
    Simone Rocha for Simone Rocha

    British Emerging Talent Menswear

    Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty for Cottweiler
    Bethany Williams for Bethany Williams
    Kiko Kostadinov for Kiko Kostadinov
    Phoebe English for Phoebe English
    Sofia Prantera for Aries

    British Emerging Talent Womenswear

    Laura and Deanna Fanning for Kiko Kostadinov
    Matty Bovan for Matty Bovan
    Phoebe English for Phoebe English
    Rejina Pyo for Rejina Pyo
    Rosh Mahtani for Alighieri

    Business Leader

    Alexandre Arnault for Rimowa
    José Neves for Farfetch
    Marco Bizzarri for Gucci
    Marco Gobbetti for Burberry
    Remo Ruffini for Moncler

    Designer of the Year

    Alessandro Michele for Gucci
    Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta
    Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson & Loewe
    Kim Jones for Dior Men
    Miuccia Prada for Prada

    Model of the Year

    Adesuwa Aighewi
    Adut Akech
    Adwoa Aboah
    Kaia Gerber
    Winnie Harlow

    Urban Luxe

    Alyx
    Fenty
    Marine Serre
    Martine Rose
    Moncler Genius

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