LONDON — Christopher Kane scooped the award for Women’s Wear Designer of the Year at this year’s British Fashion Awards, which were held Monday evening at the London Coliseum.
The award — which was presented to Kane by Donatella Versace — recognizes a designer who has been “instrumental in enhancing women’s fashion,” the British Fashion Council said. The accolade comes in the same year that the Kering Group took a 51 percent stake in Kane’s business.
Miuccia Prada won the first International Designer of the Year award, while Burberry won the Designer Brand of the Year award — presented by Sienna Miller — and Christopher Bailey of Burberry was named Men’s Wear Designer of the Year.
Nicholas Kirkwood was named Accessory Designer of the Year, while J.W. Anderson was named as the New Establishment Designer. Simone Rocha won the award for Emerging Women’s Wear Designer, and Agi & Sam, the label designed by Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton, won the Emerging Men’s Wear Designer award. Sophia Webster won the Emerging Accessory Designer award.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
For @simonerocha_‘s fall show, hairstylist @jamespecis created a look inspired by the painter John Constable. Models’ hair was pulled back, tied into knots and topped off with a bow. (📷: @kukukuba) #wwdbeauty #lfw
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)