As announced, the British Fashion Awards 2009, supported by Swarovski, took place earlier this week at The Royal Courts of Justice.
Marking the culmination of the 25 years of British Fashion Week’s celebrations, the ceremony saw Burberry’s David Bailey win the Designer of the Year Award – Burberry was also awarded the Designer Brand accolade, whereas Grace Coddington received the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator.
The British Fashion Council recognised John Galliano as the designer who, throughout his carrier, has made a great impact on the industry internationally and awarded him the BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion.
Christopher Kane received the BFC British Collection of the Year, rewarding a British based designer whose collections have directed the shape of fashion and helped them develop as an international force in the fashion industry.
Other winners include Holly Fulton and Peter Pilotto in the Emerging Talents category, it-girl Georgia Jagger as Model of the Year, Katie Hillier in Accessories Designer and Kim Jones (for Dunhill) in Menswear Designer.
And last but not least, the highly expected London 25, entirely decided by public vote, was to reward an individual who embodies the spirit of London and is an international ambassador for London as a leading creative fashion capital. It went unsurprisingly – and therefore a bit disappointingly maybe – to Kate Moss, who beat off competition from the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson or Alexander McQueen, among others.