The Fashion Awards 2017: Royal Albert Hall, London

On Monday, December 4, the great and the glam gathered at the fashion event of the year, hosted at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The Fashion Awards 2017, an evening held in partnership with Swarovski, is a fundraising platform for the British Fashion Council’s Education Foundation, which aims to nurture future generations by offering university scholarships and apprenticeships to talented young people in order to develop the much-needed industry skills. The evening saw the world’s most renowned models and designers working the red carpet like a runway. They climbed the Hall’s majestic staircase bathed in the glittering light of an installation by Fredrikson Stallard, which featured more than 8,000 gold-colored Swarovski crystals. 

Joining Karlie Kloss (Swarovski’s brand ambassador, who must have been quite at home amongst the sparkle) at the prestigious event were an array of A-listers, including Adwoa Aboah, Dame Anna Wintour, Annie Lennox, Ashley Graham, Bianca Jagger, Erykah Badu, FKA Twigs, Hailey Baldwin, Irina Shayk, Lewis Hamilton, Naomi Campbell, Pamela Anderson, P!nk, Poppy Delevingne, Rita Ora, Sam Smith, Selena Gomez, Stella Maxwell, Stormzy, Winnie Harlow and Zendaya.

Not all the guests were towering and lithe: the Swarovski red carpet host greeting the guests was international superstar Miss Piggy, a true fashionista in a custom-made Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello dress embroidered with 10,000 Swarovski crystals. Other esteemed attendees followed her glittering example. Adwoa Aboah, who was awarded one of the night’s handcrafted Swarovski crystal trophies for Model of the Year, dazzled in a sequin-and-crystal Halpern dress, while Rita Ora, who treated guests to a stunning performance, shone in floor-length Versace. Donatella Versace herself also scooped a Swarovski crystal trophy for the Fashion Icon Award, and Christopher Bailey MBE received a surprise award for Outstanding Contribution to British Fashion in recognition of his transformation of Burberry. 

The evening certainly wasn’t style over substance: Maria Grazia Chiuri, creative director of Christian Dior, was honored with the Swarovski Award for Positive Change for her contribution to women’s empowerment in the fashion industry. Two other special recognitions saw Pat McGrath receive the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, and Stella McCartney celebrated for Innovation. A moving tribute that remembered the life and work of iconic fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa, who passed away last month, was a humbling moment in an otherwise lavish evening.  

Studded with stars and embellished with crystals, The Fashion Awards was a chance to celebrate the fashion glitterati that are reaching new heights, and to commemorate those who had made a difference.