The British Fashion Awards are often seen as the peak of the fashion calendar, as they celebrate the most impressive designs, company achievements, and fashion milestones. The event takes place in December most years at the Royal Albert Hall in London. A glitzy and glamorous venue, the hall serves as the perfect setting for the guests who attend and the models who are walking the runway. As an entertainment and cultural platform where British designers, artists, and creatives are celebrated, the British Fashion Awards also raise significant funds for the BFC Foundation. Below is our preview of the 2023 British Fashion Awards, slated to take place on 4 December 2023.
The History of the British Fashion Awards
One of the world's oldest and most respected fashion awards, the British Fashion Awards have taken place every year since 1989. An annual ceremony showcasing British and international talent, the fashion awards are organised by the British Fashion Council.
Aside from being a chance for companies to showcase their womens designer dresses, celebrities to wear fun outfits, and fashion brands to win awards, the Fashion Awards are also about charity. The BFC has an Education Foundation that promotes important causes domestically and worldwide.
The most notable yearly awards include the Designer of the Year, Accessories Designer of the Year, Business Leader, Urban Luxe Award, and British Emerging Talent for Menswear and Womenswear.
Made in Britain is Making a Resurgence
One of the most exciting trends in the UK over the past few years is that more clothing items are being manufactured domestically. The clothing industry in the United Kingdom and Europe has been less robust in recent decades, especially compared to Asia's fast fashion.
There are, however, countless brands that are manufacturing a lot of their products within the UK. Companies such as HERD, Halfpenny London, O Pioneers, and DEPLOY London show that you can be fashionable, win awards, earn profits, keep your workers happy, and make products domestically.
While these companies may not have the power to alter fashion trends worldwide, focusing on fast fashion, they are bringing about positive change in the UK.
Many brands can leverage their sustainability push and domestic manufacturing processes to gain customers through intelligent digital marketing. For instance, smaller brands can use Instagram to highlight their designs' quality and sustainable manufacture.
Biggest Trends of 2023
Many exciting and unique trends have emerged in the UK in 2023. These will be highlighted at the British Fashion Awards in December, including power suits, colourful layers, big bags and accessories, and draped looks.
Another trend that has been getting much attention is the low-rise waist in women’s wear. Whether wearing jeans or suits, low-rise pants are all the rage compared to the high-rise bottoms of the past few years.
Baggier jeans have been a trend in male fashion over the past year. In general, retro designs and aesthetics are trendy, which should make the upcoming British Fashion Awards very interesting to observe.
With any major fashion awards, we are always excited to see how these trends are showcased. Even if you may have seen people wearing such outfits on the street or watched runways at lesser-known fashion shows, seeing them at the Royal Albert Hall is an entirely different experience.
Aside from seeing how the best of British fashion will showcase trends at these awards, we are also curious about the celebrities who may be donning those outfits. One of the most effective ways to get a new piece of clothing trending is by having a celebrity wear it during a fashion ceremony.
How Will Last Year’s Winners Fare in 2023?
The 2022 edition of the British Fashion Awards saw Bella Hadid win Model of the Year, while Pierpaolo Piccioloi of Valentino won the Designer of the Year prize.
One of the most exciting annual awards is the Independent British Award, which honours an independent company notable for its creativity or innovation. Wales Bonner won the award, while designers such as JW Anderson, Erdem, Bianca Saunders, and Molly Goddard were nominated.
The BFC Foundation Award, recognising an emerging designer, went to S.S. Daley. Fashion enthusiasts will be curious to see what emerging designers are honoured in 2023, given the quality of new UK merchandise in the past few months.
The design world has been experiencing a huge boon over the past few years. With more people shopping online and using platforms such as Instagram to gain inspiration for subsequent purchases, smaller fashion labels can sell more merchandise than in the past. Nowhere is such a trend more evident than in Britain, where boutique labels and small fashion houses are making a significant impact. These businesses can compete with the major brands while advancing trends and sustainability in fashion.