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Everything that happened at the Fashion Awards 2023 — from the best dressed to who won

Gwyneth Paltrow (Dave Benett)
Gwyneth Paltrow (Dave Benett)

New York might have the Met Gala, its annual May the first parade of mad fashion looks, but in London things are - dare we say - even in the December drizzle, a little chicer. Without a niche, complicated dress code to try and interpret, guests at the Fashion Awards are free to just look fabulous. Last night the BFC’s annual fundraiser also raised the celebrity stakes with serious A list talent on the red carpet: Gwyneth Paltrow (red hot in archive Valentino), Amal Clooney, Anne Hathaway (also in archive Valentino), Pamela Anderson (makeup free in Victoria Beckham), Michael Coel (in Ferragamo).

Anne Hathaway (Dave Benett)
Anne Hathaway (Dave Benett)

Other riveting trends of the night included pannier-core, courtesy of Alexa Chung (16Arlington), Maya Jama (Dolce & Gabbana) and model Mona Tougaard (Alaïa); and, the return of the pop sock! Who knew such a styling trick would come upon us, but it’s the year 2023 and here we are. Those taking on the hosiery last seen on your Nan included Saltburn actor Archie Madekwe and Vivienne Westwood designer Andreas Kronthaler, while Sam Smith opted for full leg coverage with a sheer black tight.

Inside the tables were piled high with bottles of Moët and bowls of snacks (it’s fashion darling, they don’t do dinner). The night opened with a performance by up and coming singer Mette, and then quickly segued into the Edward Enninful show.

Maya Jama (Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Maya Jama (Dave Benett/Getty Images)

The outgoing British Vogue editor-in-chief was first on stage to present the former Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton with an outstanding achievement award; before stepping back onto the stage to receive his own Trailblazer gong presented to him by Stormzy and Jodie Comer.

Sam Smith performed a stonking medley of hits - including Unholy, before accepting the Cultural Innovator Award from Lena Dunham wearing what she described as a “glamour sweatshirt”. A poignant moment came from a Posthumous Special Recognition award for Joe Casely-Hayford, accepted by his son, Charlie. There was a montage remembrance to the late Dame Vivienne Westwood, too, although some were expecting more of a tribute to the design icon.

Surprise guest of the night Amal Clooney (posher than you’d expect) came on stage to present her friend the makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, who picked up a special recognition award.

Amal Clooney (Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Amal Clooney (Dave Benett/Getty Images)

The London-based rising stars Chopova Lowena snapped up the New Establishment womenswear awards dedicating the honour to “our boyfriends and our dogs.”

The finale came from Gwyneth Paltrow, wearing her least favourite colour to honour her “dear friend” Valentino Garavani with the Outstanding Achievement award. The designer was not present, but of him Paltrow offered: “He’s always been there for me in the way he’s been there for the world of fashion, steadfast and shining the way…I tend to be more of a tomboy in my real life and he’s always mad at me for showing up to dinner without mascara saying “why can’t you wear a little lipstick” and he hated that I didn’t like to wear red, so tonight I wear red for Mr Valentino.”

The Winners in Full

Designer of the Year Award: Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson and LOEWE

New Establishment Menswear Award:  Bianca Saunders

Outstanding Achievement Award: Valentino Garavani

Special Recognition Award for Contribution to the Fashion Industry: Charlotte Tilbury

Special Recognition Award for Championing Young Designer Talent: Sarah Mower

Posthumous Special Recognition Award: Joe Casely-Hayford

Cultural Innovator Award: Sam Smith

Trailblazer Award: Edward Enninful

The Pandora Leader of Change Award: Michaela Coel

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Campbell Addy

British Womenswear Designer Award: Maximilian Davis for Ferragamo

British Menswear Designer Award: Martine Rose for Martine Rose

BFC Foundation Designer Award: Conner Ives

New Establishment Womenswear Award: Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena for Chopova Lowena

Model of the Year Award: Paloma Elsesser

Special Recognition Award: Sarah Burton

The best dressed guests at the Fashion Awards 2023

Lewis Hamilton (Dave Benett)
Lewis Hamilton (Dave Benett)
Gwyneth Paltrow (Dave Benett)
Gwyneth Paltrow (Dave Benett)
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Dave Benett)
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Dave Benett)
Anne Hathaway (Dave Benett)
Anne Hathaway (Dave Benett)
Aweng Chuol (Dave Benett)
Aweng Chuol (Dave Benett)
Kristen McMenamy (Dave Benett)
Kristen McMenamy (Dave Benett)
Romeo Beckham and Mia Regan (Dave Benett)
Romeo Beckham and Mia Regan (Dave Benett)
Sheila Atim (Dave Benett)
Sheila Atim (Dave Benett)
Lisa Rinna (Dave Benett)
Lisa Rinna (Dave Benett)
Paloma Faith (Dave Benett)
Paloma Faith (Dave Benett)
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Sam Smith (Dave Benett)
Sam Smith (Dave Benett)
Munroe Bergdorf (Dave Benett)
Munroe Bergdorf (Dave Benett)
Maya Jama (Dave Benett)
Maya Jama (Dave Benett)
Alexa Chung (Dave Benett)
Alexa Chung (Dave Benett)
Lily James (Dave Benett)
Lily James (Dave Benett)
Andreas Kronthaler and Cora Corré (Dave Benett)
Andreas Kronthaler and Cora Corré (Dave Benett)
Skepta (Dave Benett)
Skepta (Dave Benett)
Ella Richards (Dave Benett)
Ella Richards (Dave Benett)
Nicole Scherzinger (Dave Benett)
Nicole Scherzinger (Dave Benett)
Sabrina Elba (Dave Benett)
Sabrina Elba (Dave Benett)
Michaela Coel (Dave Benett)
Michaela Coel (Dave Benett)
Francesca Hayward (Dave Benett)
Francesca Hayward (Dave Benett)
Adut Akech (Dave Benett)
Adut Akech (Dave Benett)
Amal Clooney (Dave Benett)
Amal Clooney (Dave Benett)
Pamela Anderson (Dave Benett)
Pamela Anderson (Dave Benett)
Daphne Guinness (Dave Benett)
Daphne Guinness (Dave Benett)
Gillian Anderson (Dave Benett)
Gillian Anderson (Dave Benett)
Law Roach (Dave Benett)
Law Roach (Dave Benett)
Winnie Harlow (Dave Benett)
Winnie Harlow (Dave Benett)
Kai-Isaiah Jamal (Dave Benett)
Kai-Isaiah Jamal (Dave Benett)
Sarah Burton and Edward Enninful (Dave Benett)
Sarah Burton and Edward Enninful (Dave Benett)
Kate Moss (Dave Benett)
Kate Moss (Dave Benett)
Letitia Wright (Dave Benett)
Letitia Wright (Dave Benett)
Iris Law (Dave Benett)
Iris Law (Dave Benett)
Jodie Comer (Dave Benett)
Jodie Comer (Dave Benett)
Daniel Levy and Erin O'Connor (Dave Benett)
Daniel Levy and Erin O'Connor (Dave Benett)
Stormzy (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Stormzy (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Lena Dunham and Felicity Jones (Dave Benett)
Lena Dunham and Felicity Jones (Dave Benett)
Lesley Manville and Josh O'Connor (Dave Benett)
Lesley Manville and Josh O'Connor (Dave Benett)
Jourdan Dunn (Dave Benett)
Jourdan Dunn (Dave Benett)
Suki Waterhouse (Dave Benett)
Suki Waterhouse (Dave Benett)
Gwendoline Christie (Dave Benett)
Gwendoline Christie (Dave Benett)
Layton Williams (Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Layton Williams (Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Rita Ora (Dave Benett)
Rita Ora (Dave Benett)
Emma Weymouth, Marchioness of Bath (Dave Benett)
Emma Weymouth, Marchioness of Bath (Dave Benett)
Nicole Scherzinger and Thom Evans (Dave Benett)
Nicole Scherzinger and Thom Evans (Dave Benett)
Lila Moss (Dave Benett)
Lila Moss (Dave Benett)
Camille Charriere (Dave Benett)
Camille Charriere (Dave Benett)
Lady Amelia Spencer and Lady Amelia Spencer (Dave Benett)
Lady Amelia Spencer and Lady Amelia Spencer (Dave Benett)
Pixie Lott (Dave Benett)
Pixie Lott (Dave Benett)
Self-Portrait designer Han Chong, Amelia Gray Hamlin, He Cong, Davika Hoorne, Nora Attal and Julia Sarr-Jamois (Dave Benet)
Self-Portrait designer Han Chong, Amelia Gray Hamlin, He Cong, Davika Hoorne, Nora Attal and Julia Sarr-Jamois (Dave Benet)
Georgia May Jagger (Dave Benett)
Georgia May Jagger (Dave Benett)
Foday Dumbuya and Yinka Ilori (Dave Benett)
Foday Dumbuya and Yinka Ilori (Dave Benett)
Ella Eyre (Dave Benett)
Ella Eyre (Dave Benett)
Miquita Oliver (Dave Benett)
Miquita Oliver (Dave Benett)
Archie Madekwe (Getty Images)
Archie Madekwe (Getty Images)
Jourdan Dunn (Dave Benett)
Jourdan Dunn (Dave Benett)
Tish Weinstock and Annie Doble (Dave Benett)
Tish Weinstock and Annie Doble (Dave Benett)
Lennon Gallagher (Dave Benett)
Lennon Gallagher (Dave Benett)
Caroline Rush (Dave Benett)
Caroline Rush (Dave Benett)