LONDON— “Donatella Versace, like it or not, we are family,” said Naomi Campbell, who took center stage — and handed the Italian designer her icon award — at the Fashion Awards on Monday night at Royal Albert Hall.The Swarovski-sponsored awards were Natalie Massenet’s last as chairman of the British Fashion Council and a big love-in, with laughs, the odd tear — from Anna Wintour, of all people — and gushing tributes.Double award winner Jonathan Anderson thanked Pierre-Yves Roussel and Delphine Arnault for having “the balls to put me at Loewe,” while the three-star Michelin chef Massimo Bottura heaped praise on his old friend and former classmate Marco Bizzarri, who won the business leader award for the second year in a row.“Who thought two troublemakers from Modena [Italy] would make it so far?” he said, adding that even when they were kids, Bizzarri was “always the smartest guy in the room.”Wintour started to cry while paying tribute to her friend Christopher Bailey — who is exiting Burberry next year — before handing him the award for outstanding contribution to British fashion. Versace, meanwhile, accepted her icon award with grace: “I deserve it, of course,” deadpanned the designer.During the night, Rita Ora performed with a hot gospel backup choir, a string of Eighties models led by Campbell took to the stage to remember the late Azzedine Alaïa, and the event ended with a shower of gold sparkles and men in white T-shirts belting out the Wham! classic “Freedom,” at Massenet’s request.Earlier in the evening Anderson took home British Designer of the Year for Women’s Wear for his J.W. Anderson collection, and Accessories Designer of the Year for Loewe.Craig Green was named British Designer of the Year for Men’s Wear for the second year running.Raf Simons was awarded Designer of the Year for his work at Calvin Klein, while Michael Halpern walked away with British Emerging Talent Women’s Wear prize.Charles Jeffrey, designer of the Loverboy label, won British Emerging Talent for Men’s Wear. Adwoa Aboah was Model of the Year, while Off-White won the Urban Luxe Award.Aboah took advantage of her moment on stage to say she’s excited for all the changes to come in 2018, and the justice for victims “of all the sexual assault cases in film. All of us need to work to push out that bad energy. There’s no time for that.”Stella McCartney won the Special Recognition Award for Innovation. Pat McGrath became the latest winner of the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, while Maria Grazia Chiuri earned the Swarovski Award for Positive Change.“I am sure we’re all feminist women and men tonight,” said Bianca Jagger, who swept onto the stage in a long black robe and white dress, as she handed Chiuri her award.Other starry presenters included Pamela Anderson, Erykah Badu, Annie Lennox and Karlie Kloss.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.