The British Fashion Council has been talking to the U.K. government about how to proceed with shows in the midst of a third national lockdown, and spiraling COVID-19 cases.
The London and New York shows have been pushed back to mid-February while the Italian and French designers will continue to plow ahead.
Burberry is teaming with the British Fashion Council on a pilot program to distribute unused fabric to fashion students, with the idea of taking the initiative industry-wide.
Samuel Ross, Priya Ahluwalia, Michael Halpern, Kenneth Ize, Chanel, Anya Hindmarch and Gabriela Hearst were among the honorees at the 2020 Fashion Awards in London.
All proceeds from a virtual gallery sale of the photos will go to the British Fashion Council’s COVID Crisis Fund.
Ahead of the Fashion Awards, the BFC has named 50 of the most prominent young photographers, hair and makeup artists, set designers, artists, stylists and creative directors.
The Indian actress, singer, film producer and former Miss World is adding a new title as ambassador for Positive Change at the BFC.
The event, mostly dedicated to men’s designers, will be folded into the February showcase and adopt a “digital-first” format.
The project is inspired by Joe Casely-Hayford, who paved the way for Black designers working in the U.K. today.
The event is slated for Dec. 3, and will celebrate the 20 individuals and brands that showed resilience during the pandemic, and fought for change.
Recipients from Central Saint Martins, Royal College of Art and the University of Salford were selected based on talent and financial need.
A further 500,000 pounds will be distributed among 30 British labels, including Emilia Wickstead, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Rokh and Charles Jeffrey Loverboy.
The British Fashion Council is putting diversity at the top of the agenda, and has named four new board members to help guide the organization on strategy, and to broaden its outlook.