The Because Fashion Awards 2016
In honour of the British Fashion Council’s The Fashion Awards, we revisited some of our most memorable moments from the last 12 months and handed out a few rosettes of our own.
Best Use of Model’s Non-Modelling Skills: Phoebe English
With the Isa Arfen girls shelling the peas, Stella McCartney’s models dancing a fully choreographed routine and Yeezy’s models standing still in the NYC-heat for hours – it seems like modelling isn’t just about walking up and down a runway anymore. With the trend of performances and presentations getting more creative by the minute, Phoebe English takes the prize. While the spring/summer 2017 boys were doing embroidery, the girls concentrated on mundane activities like pouring water and tying knots.
Best Luxury Makeover: Crocs by Christopher Kane
Even though Vetements had it in the bag putting the couture into Juicy Couture, Christopher Kane came up trumps with the completely unexpected star of his SS17 show, creating a true showstopper out of the ugliest shoe in the world. The Crocs are back in town!
Best Lethal Accessory: Delpozo
Despite Delpozo’s gentle femininity, Josep Font’s oversized beaded earrings outshone all other accessories at New York Fashion Week in the best for self-defence category, with the Hood By Air double-sided boot coming in a close second.
Best Mixing of Tights and Sandals: Altuzarra
It seems like the last two seasons completely broke the style taboo of wearing tights with sandals. Our award goes to Joseph Altuzarra who injected his signature feminine silhouette with a little bit of 1990s nostalgia with the adorable cherry tights giving the tights-and-sandals trend a new, sexy look.
Best Use of Blow-Dry: Gucci
No one makes a blow-dry quite as fabulous as Alessandro Michele. His Gucci girls have been taking the Dynasty-inspired hair to the next levels with the help of big hair names Guido Palau and Paul Hanlon. With consistently most talked-about beauty looks of the season, we can only imagine the amounts of hairspray that went into all those Gucci shows...
The Outstanding Achievement Award: The Puffer Jacket
Nothing works as hard as the puffer jacket. Keeping us warm since 1936, this quilted piece of outerwear has experienced a true fashion revival in the last 12 months. Marques ‘ Almeida, Stella McCartney, Carven and Rick Owens are just some of the labels that reimagined this piece as both warm and chic, but it has to be Demna Gvasalia’s debut for Balenciaga - and Julia Nobis in a beaded turtleneck under a fiery red puffer jacket that made this key wardrobe piece red hot. Even though we always needed it, 2016 marked the first time we wanted it.
The British Fashion Council's 2016 TheFashion Awards 2016 are being celebrated on 5 December 2016.
Text by Dino Bonacic