It’s a night that celebrates the best of British fashion so it’s no surprise to see so many homegrown labels on the red carpet.
Rita Ora stepped out in an aquamarine gown by Vivienne Westwood as she arrived at the British Fashion Awards held at The Savoy, and the corseted dress showed off her shape to perfection.The 22-year-old singer teamed the fishtail dress with a intricate silver choker, smokey eyes and nude peach lips.Model of the Year winner Cara Delevigne took to the carpet in a fierce metallic minidress by Burberry which she teamed with a pair of silver peep-toe wedges for a futuristic look.
The Burberry star was delighted with the gong but kept her acceptance speech brief.She said: ‘A wise man once told me that a good acceptance speech should be under 60 seconds do I’ll keep this short.’There was certainly no shortage of Stella McCartney gowns on show with Victoria Pendleton, Salma Hayek and Gemma Arteton modelling different designs.Stella, who created the looks for the Oympians for London 2012, scooped the Designer of The Year gong and told guests that 2012 had been one of the most ‘incredible years’ of her life.
Salma Hayak, who presented an award to the designer was eager to show off the tassel detail on her Stella LBD and was seen sashaying her hips back and forth to show off the dress to photographers.Host Gemma Arteton looked sensation in her suit by the same designer. The plunging waistcoat top, nipped her in at the waist but fell across the curves of her hips and the tight trousers showed off her slim legs.Victoria Pendleton opted for a skater style black and navy dress with long sleeves and a high neck.Heavily pregnant Lily Cooper covered her bump in a flowing midnight blue gown showing just how to dress her mother-to-be frame.
The singer is set to welcome her second child very soon, she gave birth to her first just over a year ago.The Awards ceremony was given a Royal seal of approval by Princess Beatrice who arrived sporting off a floral look by Erdem, the designer who scooped the New Establishment award.Pixie Geldof showed off her new hairstyle in a fire engine red dress with midnight blue satin heels, while Dita Von Teese stuck to her signature black with a plunging neckline.
Rita Ora decided one outfit wasn’t enough for the evening and was later seen wearing a pair of loose fitting cream trousers and a knit for a sport luxe look.Alexa Chung showed off her thin shape in a black dress with crocheted detail proved popular with the public after being voted to pick up the British Style award.Harold Tillman, chairman of the British Fashion Council won the Special Recognition award and said it has been an ‘exceptional year’ for British Fashion.
He said: ‘The British Fashion Awards are a significant event which represent the culmination of extraordinary talent, creativity and innovation across the whole industry.’The ceremony provides the perfect conclusion to what has been an exceptional year for British fashion and we’re very proud to celebrate the achievements of all the nominees here this evening.’
Speaking about his award, he said: ‘The last five years have been extraordinary and seeing the BFC and the fashion industry go from strength to strength is a reward in itself so it is completely unexpected to be given this award.”My term as chair ends in just a few weeks time and I am so grateful to all those at the BFC and our designers who have inspired and supported me in equal measure. It has been an honour to serve this great industry for so long – thank you all.