JW Anderson scoops both top prizes at BFC awards, Gucci star Michele also honoured

How good is Jonathan Anderson? Good enough to become the first person named both menswear and womenswear designer at The British Fashion Council (BFC) Awards last night.

His JW Anderson label is a major influencer among British fashion labels and his work for Loewe is also helping to revive interest in the high-end Spanish brand.

Not that he had the evening to himself as the fashion stars came thick and fast.

The newest star (well, almost, as Demna Gvasalia wasn’t there) won the International Designer award. That was Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. And that’s one that’s certainly deserved. The buzz Michele has created around the brand is huge and reports suggest the sell-through is strong, even though much of the product available is still that created under previous design chief Frida Giannini.

Top Accessory Designer was Charlotte Olympia while Stella McCartney won brand of the year while Tom Ford took the Red Carpet award. He wasn’t there but with Lady Gaga collecting it on his behalf, the flash bulbs were popping.

Emerging Womenswear Designer was Thomas Tait while Emerging Menswear Designer was Grace Wales Bonner. Emerging Accessory Designer award went to Jordan Askill

Elsewhere, the Model Award went to Jourdan Dunn; the Outstanding Achievement Award went to Karl Lagerfeld; the Creative Campaign title was taken by Burberry; New Establishment Designer was Mary Katrantzou; Establishment Designer award went to Erdem; the Isabella Blow Award For Fashion Creator was awarded to Nick Knight; British Style – Fashion Innovator was FKA twigs; and British Style – Red Carpet Ambassador was Gwendoline Christie.

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