British Fashion Awards 2020 Winners

“Who is leading change in fashion?” asked the British Fashion Council ahead of the 2020 Fashion Awards, which premiered on Thursday Dec. 3 in a short film on the BFC’s Youtube channel — where 20 individuals and brands were recognized for leading positive change in the fashion industry during a very unpredictable year.

Instead of the usual focus on best designer, the BFC started fresh with four new categories of awardees: environment, people, community, and creativity. “From those who bravely faced this challenging year with pro-active responses to the global pandemic, showed leadership and creative resilience over the past year, to the ones who stood up against prejudice within the fashion industry and fight for change,” said the BFC in a press statement. Ahead, are the winners . . .

Community

Emergency Design Network
Launched by Phoebe English, Bethany Williams, Holly Fulton, and Cozette McCreery, “harnessed the power of London’s fashion community. Galvanizing industry experts to produce 50,000 surgical gowns and 10,000 sets of scrubs for British health workers.”

Michael Halpern
“During the Covid-19 lockdown, rather than stage a show for London Fashion Week, Michael paid tribute to the frontline workers. He captured eight women from across the public service sectors in film and portraits, reflecting on their work, sparking joy and hope.”

Chanel
“Chanel uses its influence to create positive change. Through the work of foundation Chanel, it is committed to improving the economic and social conditions of women worldwide. It has developed a racial justice fund to support grassroots organizations led by people of color.”

Kenneth Ize
“Dedicated to preserving African craft and heritage through a community of weavers, artisans, and design groups placing Nigerian cultural heritage on a global stage.”

A Sai
“Actively standing against injustice to make fashion inclusive and kind. A Sai Ta uses his voice to offer an end to discrimination against marginalized communities and committing profits to organizations that support the end of systemic discriminations and racism.”

People

Edward Enninful
“As editor of British Vogue, he is an agent of change, holding a mirror up to the industry.”

Lindsay Peoples Wagner and Sandrine Charles of Black In Fashion Council
“In June 2020, Lindsay, editor of Teen Vogue, and Sandrine, PR executive, launched the Black In Fashion Council whose aim is to set a new foundation for diversity, inclusion, and accountability to the fashion industry.”

Samuel Ross
“A part of a new generation of menswear designers. His brand, A-Cold-Wall* has a big impact on the communities that he works with. His Black Lives Matter financial aid scheme pledges money to organizations and people on the front line. He gave thousands of dollars to businesses with Black owners across a diverse range of areas.”

Aurora James
“This year, Aurora James spearheaded a pioneering campaign calling on retailers to dedicate 15 percent of their shelf space to Black-owned brands. This, along with her community of communities and artisans through her brand Brother Vellies, makes her a trailblazer.”

Priya Ahluwalia
“A progressive-thinking leader and agent

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Here are the winners of the 2020 Fashion Awards

Updated story: 4/12/2020

The British Fashion Awards took place last night in a very different way than we’re used to.



Kim Jones, Riccardo Tisci posing for a photo: Honourees were awarded over four categories for this year's digital-only event.


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Honourees were awarded over four categories for this year’s digital-only event.

Instead of its usual big party and celebrity-studded ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the awards were presented by Priyanka Chopra Jones, Lewis Hamilon, Aja Barber, Maisie Williams and singer Rosalía in a short film, which was accessible to the public for the first time.

The British Fashion Council (BFC) awarded 20 accolades that honoured and celebrated those in the industry that have created positive change in fashion, stood up against prejudice, and proactively responded to the pandemic – across four categories of Community, Creativity, Environment and People.

Discover the 20 winners below:

Community

  • Asai
  • Chanel
  • Emergency Designer Network
  • Kenneth Ize
  • Michael Halpern

Creativity

  • Grace Wales Bonner
  • Jonathan Anderson
  • Kim Jones
  • Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons for Prada
  • Riccardo Tisci for Burberry

Environment

  • Anya Hindmarch
  • Christopher Raeburn
  • Gabriela Hearst
  • François-Henri Pinault for leading the G7 Fashion Pact
  • Stella McCartney

People

  • Aurora James
  • Edward Enninful
  • Lindsay People Wagner and Sandrine Charles for the Black in Fashion Council
  • Ahluwalia
  • Samuel Ross

Original story: 30/11/2020

The British Fashion Council has released a trailer for the 2020 Fashion Awards, which will be taking place this week in a new format as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions placed on large gatherings in the UK. The annual event – which tends to take place in London in December and always draws in a big A-list crowd – will this year be a digital-only event.

The 2020 Fashion Awards will be held on Thursday 3 December and will “honour and celebrate the designers, brands, creatives and individuals who have created positive change within the fashion industry this year”, the BFC announced in a statement last month.

This year, there will be a focus on those who bravely and pro-actively dealt with the pandemic, who showed leadership and creative resilience and who stood up to prejudice within the fashion industry. The awards will likely celebrate and respond to efforts to encourage diversity within the fashion industry after a summer of Black Lives Matter protests which took place across the UK and around the world.

“The Fashion Awards recognises and celebrates innovation in fashion,” Priyanka Chopra Jonas, the new BFC Ambassador for positive change, says as she introduces the awards in the trailer, which you can watch below.

“What the past couple of months have shown us, is that the fashion industry is in need of a reset,” BFC CEO Caroline Rush said. “This is why this year, under unique circumstances, we felt that it was important to recognise the people and businesses who played a role in some of the most important and challenging issues of our generation and champion those who raised the bar in areas such as diversity, sustainability, and community.”

The award show, which is being sponsored by regular partner Swarovski, will honour 20 individuals

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For 2020, The Fashion Awards Celebrated Community Over Celebrity

The pandemic may have put paid to glitzy red carpets and show-stopping live performances, but that hasn’t stopped the British Fashion Council from celebrating the industry’s heaviest hitters in 2020. Having already spotlighted the 50 emerging creatives to watch, tonight, the prestigious Fashion Awards, usually held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, went virtual, and – much like the digital shows of London Fashion Week – was made available for those outside of the industry to watch, too.

Rather than repeating its annual format, 2020’s awards saw its hosts, including Millie Bobby Brown, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Rosalía, champion the designers, brands, and individuals who paved the way for progress in what has been an uncertain and troubling time for the industry. From adapting business models to supporting key workers, via fighting for equity and against prejudice in the face of Black Lives Matter movements this summer, 20 honourees were recognised in a 30-minute film under the pillars of environment, community, people and creativity.

“This year, under unique circumstances, we felt it was important to recognise the people and businesses who played a role in some of the most important and challenging issues of our generation and champion those who raised the bar in areas such as diversity, sustainability and community,” British Fashion Council CEO Caroline Rush said in a statement ahead of the 2020 Fashion Awards.

So, who made the fashion industry a better place this year? The Emergency Designer Network, founded by Phoebe English, Holly Fulton, and Bethany Williams, took home the community accolade for its work in harnessing the power of London’s creative efforts to produce 50k surgical gowns and 10k scrubs for British health workers. A Sai Ta‘s Actively Standing Against Injustice campaign and charitable work in dismantling systemic racism within the industry, and Michael Halpern‘s joyful celebration of 8 frontline workers in lieu of a digital show, also won them the award.



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UNSPECIFIED – DECEMBER 01: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been shot in black and white. Colour version not available.) In this screen grab released on December 3, Lindsay Wagner, of Black In Fashion Council during The Fashion Awards 2020 on December 01, 2020. Due to COVID-19 and the global pandemic, The Fashion Awards 2020 celebrates designers, brands, creatives, and individuals who have lead change during this time. The Fashion Awards Digital Premiere will be streamed via fashionawards.com on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at 7PM. (Photo by Misan Harriman/BFC/Getty Images for BFC)

Lewis Hamilton presented the recipients of the people category, those who create “equal, diverse and empowered workforces from head office and supply chain to shop floor.” British Vogue‘s Edward Enninful was awarded first, with The Crown‘s Emma Corrin sending a virtual message of gratitude for the progress and positivity Enninful has injected at both the title and within the industry at large. Agents of change in holding the industry to account, Lindsay Peoples Wagner and Sandrine Charles also won the award for their work in founding the innovative

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British Fashion Awards: move online heralds different set of priorities | Fashion

The British Fashion Awards is typically an evening of turbo-charged air-kissing, wildly expensive party dresses and extended acceptance speeches from tearful models.

This is, of course, a very different kind of year, and Thursday night’s awards, which took place online, reflected a drastically different set of priorities.

Instead of the usual categories of fashion icon and brand of the year, 20 designers were recognised for making positive changes in the industry, with kudos going to those who had produced personal protective equipment (PPE), celebrated frontline workers and campaigned for inclusivity.

It comes amid a punishing year for the fashion industry, with profits declining by 90%, according to a McKinsey and the Business of Fashion report released on Wednesday.

It is also a year in which systemic racism within fashion was laid bare by the Black Lives Matter movement. “The fashion industry is one of the most vibrant in the world but with that platform comes responsibility,” said Lewis Hamilton, who presented a section of the awards. In a segment filmed some weeks ago, the racing driver, now isolating after a positive Covid test, said: “It is no longer enough for the fashion industry to set trends. It needs to set more important trends of creating a more equal and representative society.”

Edward Enninful received an award for pushing change through the pages of Vogue. The campaigner Aurora James was recognised for her initiative, 15 Percent Pledge, which urges retailers to commit to dedicating 15% of shelf space to black-owned businesses. Lindsay Peoples Wagner and Sandrine Charles also won awards for setting up the inclusivity coalition Black in Fashion Council.

Other winners included Michael Halpern, who made PPE for the Royal Brompton hospital and gave frontline workers a starring role as models in his London fashion week presentation, and the Emergency Designer Network, which was set up in April and has helped create 50,000 surgical gowns and 10,000 sets of scrubs for health workers.

Designers including Stella McCartney and Anya Hindmarch received awards for their work in sustainability.

The actor Maisie Williams presented those awards and asked viewers to “understand that we are all part of the problem”, while the campaigner Aja Barber urged the industry to note that “we don’t have much time yet, so it’s time to make hard choices”.

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See a sneak peek at this year’s Fashion Awards

The British Fashion Council has released a trailer for the 2020 Fashion Awards, which will be taking place this week in a new format as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions placed on large gatherings in the UK. The annual event – which tends to take place in London in December and always draws in a big A-list crowd – will this year be a digital-only event.



Lady Gaga, Donatella Versace, Kate Moss, Amber Valletta standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: The annual event is going digital for the first time


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The annual event is going digital for the first time

The 2020 Fashion Awards will be held this Thursday 3 December and will “honour and celebrate the designers, brands, creatives and individuals who have created positive change within the fashion industry this year”, the BFC announced in a statement last month.

This year, there will be a focus on those who bravely and pro-actively dealt with the pandemic, who showed leadership and creative resilience and who stood up to prejudice within the fashion industry. The awards will likely celebrate and respond to efforts to encourage diversity within the fashion industry after a summer of Black Lives Matter protests which took place across the UK and around the world.

“The Fashion Awards recognises and celebrates innovation in fashion,” Priyanka Chopra Jonas, the new BFC Ambassador for positive change, says as she introduces the awards in the trailer, which you can watch below.

“What the past couple of months have shown us, is that the fashion industry is in need of a reset,” BFC CEO Caroline Rush said. “This is why this year, under unique circumstances, we felt that it was important to recognise the people and businesses who played a role in some of the most important and challenging issues of our generation and champion those who raised the bar in areas such as diversity, sustainability, and community.”

The award show, which is being sponsored by Swarovski again, will honour 20 individuals and brands, who will all receive a ‘2020 Fashion Award’ for a specific contribution. These will be announced as part of a short film that will document the fashion industry in this extraordinary year. The BFC will also, for the third year running, compile the ‘New Wave: Creatives’ list which highlights up-and-coming fashion talent.

Although 2020’s award show will be digital only, the BFC announced hopeful plans to host a physical award show the following year, taking place at the Royal Albert Hall on 29 November 2021.

“The ceremony will be reimagined to reflect the BFC’s new mission and with the ambition to have technology and engagement at its heart, looking at innovations for amplification and new experiences,” the BFC explained.

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PETA Fashion Awards 2020: Celebrities & Brands Praised For Cruelty-Free Fashion

Our demand for ethical fashion has never been greater. Finally, consumers are asking where and how their clothes were made, and at whose expense? As the fur industry comes under fire for its worrying link to COVID-19, and as the government moves to ban the sale of fur within our borders once we leave the EU in January, sustainable and cruelty-free fashion is at the top of the industry’s agenda.

Each year, the PETA Fashion Awards celebrate the household style names and progressive brands making big statements for animals.

In the ‘Progress in Retail Moment’, praised brands included Valentino, Marks & Spencer, Next, New Look, and Uniqlo, all of whom banned alpaca from their collections.

The ‘Progress in Luxury Moment’ came courtesy of Mulberry, PVH Corp (who own brands including Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein), Paul Smith, and SMCP Group (who own Parisian labels like Sandro, Maje and Claudie Pierlot), all of whom banned exotic skins this year.

Stella McCartney has created the world’s first faux fur that’s *actually* sustainable and the fashion industry just breathed a big sigh of relief

Queen Elizabeth II also famously went fur-free, resulting in the ‘Most Iconic Moment’, while the ‘Best Celebrity Collection’ award went to Catherine Zeta-Jones and her collaboration with Butterfly Twists on a range of vegan shoes.

The ‘Most Wanted Award’ went to Telfar for its sought-after vegan leather bags, and the ‘Collaboration Award’ was won by Dr Martens for its vegan collection with Marc Jacobs. Stella McCartney was awarded ‘Best Catwalk Moment’ for bringing an animal rights message to Fashion Week, reminding everyone that the skins we see in fashion shows come from animals.

Stella McCartney has created the world’s first faux fur that’s *actually* sustainable and the fashion industry just breathed a big sigh of relief

“The hottest trend in fashion is compassion,” says PETA Director of Corporate Projects Yvonne Taylor. “As today’s designers and consumers are embracing ethically produced materials that no animal had to suffer and die for, it’s clear that the future of fashion is vegan.”

Other winners include Henrik Vibskov, winning ‘Best Down-Free Collection’ for its range of coats with Ecodown® recycled-polyester filler; FABORG, which nabbed the ‘Innovation Award’ for Weganool, a plant-based vegan wool; and Piferi, winner of the ‘Vegan Luxury Award’ for its high-end vegan shoes. Former British Fur Trade Association CEO Mike Moser was given a ‘Change of Heart Award’ for his decision to shun the fur trade and join the Fur-Free Britain campaign, calling on the UK government to ban fur sales.

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Jessica Mauboy makes a bold fashion statement at the ARIA Awards 2020

Jessica Mauboy flashes her bra in an animal print gown featuring bizarre ruffles and a thigh-high split at the ARIA Awards 2020 in Sydney

She’s infamous for her unique sense of style.

And Jessica Mauboy certainly didn’t disappoint when she walked the red carpet at the ARIA Awards 2020 in Sydney on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old made a bold fashion statement in an edgy cheetah print gown adorned with garish grey ruffles.  

Fashion statement: Jessica Mauboy certainly didn't disappoint when she walked the red carpet at the ARIA Awards 2020 in Sydney on Wednesday

Fashion statement: Jessica Mauboy certainly didn’t disappoint when she walked the red carpet at the ARIA Awards 2020 in Sydney on Wednesday

The ensemble left little to the imagination thanks to a thigh-high split and a plunging neckline that revealed a lacy black bra underneath.

Clearly confident in her wardrobe choice, Jessica proudly posed and preened for the cameras.

She accessorised with a nude high heel that matched her dress and styled her hair in floppy flat waves. 

Unique: The 31-year-old made a bold fashion statement in an edgy cheetah print gown adorned with garish grey ruffles

Unique: The 31-year-old made a bold fashion statement in an edgy cheetah print gown adorned with garish grey ruffles

Girl gang! Jessica sandwiched herself between Emma Watkins, Kate Ceberano, Delta Goodrem and Marcia Hines

Girl gang! Jessica sandwiched herself between Emma Watkins, Kate Ceberano, Delta Goodrem and Marcia Hines 

Jessica’s latest album, Hilda, is nominated for Album of the Year at the ceremony. 

‘I’m really proud, going back to the music, I’m extremely proud of this record Hilda and all the people I got involved,’ she said on the Today show in October. 

‘I’m really over the moon about this and for the team that put it all together.’

Flasher: The ensemble left little to the imagination thanks to a thigh-high split and a plunging neckline that revealed a lacy black bra underneath

Flasher: The ensemble left little to the imagination thanks to a thigh-high split and a plunging neckline that revealed a lacy black bra underneath

She added that after receiving a number of ARIA Awards over the course of her career, that she’s lucky that she can tell her stories to the world. 

‘For me personally, it’s about the detail of songwriting and story telling… to be able to tell my journey, my personal stories, relationships over the years is the highlight of everything and If I can continue to do that… I’m doing my job right.’

Jessica’s Hilda received nominations for Best Cover Art, Producer of the Year and Album of the Year.

Workin' it! Clearly confident in her wardrobe choice, Jessica proudly posed and preened for the cameras

Workin’ it! Clearly confident in her wardrobe choice, Jessica proudly posed and preened for the cameras

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World Athletics Awards: Two Africans make final five for women’s award

Kenya's Peres Jepchirchir and Ethiopia's Letsenbet Gidey

Ethiopia’s Letsenbet Gidey and Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir have both been named among the final five nominees for the Female Athlete of the Year award for 2020.

The sports’ governing body World Athletics, which was formally known as the IAAF, reduced the nominations from 10 down to five on Tuesday.

Three other African athletes missed out on the final list, with Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh alongside Kenyan duo Faith Kipyegon and Hellen Obiri having been among the original 10.

The other two failed to make it to the final five were Femke Bol of the Netherlands and Great Britain’s Laura Muir.

The World Athletics Awards 2020 will be staged as a virtual event on 5 December and streamed live on social media.

The finalists

Letesenbet Gidey, Ethiopia

  • set a world record of 14:06.62 over 5000m
  • was second in the 5000m at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Monaco

Sifan Hassan, Netherlands

  • set a world record of 18,930m in the one hour run
  • set a European record of 29:36.67 over 10,000m, the fourth fastest performance in history

Peres Jepchirchir, Kenya

  • won the world half marathon title
  • twice broke the world half marathon record for a women-only race (1:05:34 and 1:05:16)

Yulimar Rojas, Venezuela

  • undefeated in four triple jump competitions indoors and outdoors
  • broke the world indoor triple jump record with 15.43m

Elaine Thompson-Herah, Jamaica

  • undefeated in seven 100m races
  • ran world-leading 10.85 over 100m

There was a three-way voting process to determine the finalists.

The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family cast their votes by email, while fans voted online via our social media platforms.

The Council’s vote counted for 50% of the result, while the Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25% of the final result. Voting for the Male World Athlete of the Year closed on 15 November.

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See BTS’ Major Fashion Moment at the 2020 American Music Awards

BTS is back at the American Music Awards, and they’re having a major fashion moment. The members of the group RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook arrived at the AMAs red carpet wearing matching black and white ensembles, once again making an award show splash.

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The K-Pop band hit the AMAs stage for the first time in 2017, and performed their single “DNA.” It was the first time the group performed in the United States and it was met with hundreds of screaming fans in the audience thrilled to see the Korean group’s popularity make it to the states.

The K-Pop band, whose fans are known as ARMY, were nominated for their very first AMAs in 2018, when they took home the prize for Favorite Social Artist. It was the very first year the AMAs honored performers based on their fan support on social media platforms, and came one year after BTS won Top Social Artist at the Billboard Music Awards. The group beat out Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Shawn Mendes for the title.

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The following year, in 2019, the band returned to the AMA stage, where they once again claimed the Social Artist title, as well as the Favorite Duo or Group in the Pop/Rock category prize and the Favorite Tour award.



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This year, BTS is once again fighting to hang onto their Favorite Social Artist prize, and is again nominated for the Favorite Duo or Group award. They will also perform their new song “Life Goes On” off their latest album Be.

Explained J-Hope in a video posted to the AMAs Twitter account, “Back in 2017, we were more nervous because it was our first time performing on a US show, or TV.”

The band said that they’ve “matured” and “improved” since that initial performance—so expect even more fans to scream at the sight of this K-Pop group this time around!

Check out the video above!

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ROYAL NEIGHBORS OF AMERICA AWARDS $100,000 TO NON-PROFITS EMPOWERING WOMEN AND GIRLS ACROSS NATION

Rock Island, Ill., Nov. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — From helping victims of sex trafficking and domestic abuse take their first steps into a new life, to providing food and fresh produce to the food insecure, or training the next generation of STEM professionals, and beyond, Royal Neighbors’ signature women’s empowerment program, Nation of NeighborsSM , provides financial support to ordinary individuals doing extraordinary things to help women and girls in their communities.

Royal Neighbors of America, one of the first and largest women-led insurers in the US, celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding this year. Since 1895, the mission-driven organization has served the needs of its members, their families and communities by providing financial security through life insurance and annuities and a platform for localized philanthropy. To date, Royal Neighbors has given away more than $2 million in grants via its Nation of Neighbors program. This year, grant funds will support programs that feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, teach at-risk youth, comfort those grieving loss, and more.   

“In a year such as this, it becomes even more obvious how, when put into action, the concept of neighbor-helping-neighbor can improve communities and change lives,” states Cynthia Tidwell, President and CEO of Royal Neighbors. “Each of this year’s eleven grant recipients is making a unique difference in her own backyard, identifying needs and overcoming challenges,” states Ms. Tidwell. “We are honored to help them expand their positive impact through this program.”

Among those recognized this year is Mary Frances Bowley, Founder and Executive Director of Wellspring Living, a multi-faceted organization that provides services for sex trafficking victims and at-risk women and girls in Metro Atlanta.

“We are so blessed and thankful,” says Ms. Bowley. The grant funds received will go to support the Women’s Academy, which offers two ten-week programs – a GED Track and a Career Track – to help clients secure sustainable employment. Ms. Bowley adds, “We simply could not do the work we do without people like Royal Neighbors recognizing the need and participating with us.”

 

Learn more about Nation of Neighbors and all eleven of the 2020 recipients here.

 

About Royal Neighbors of America

Royal Neighbors of America is a unique provider of life insurance and annuities whose mission is to protect women financially and empower them to improve their lives, families, and communities. In 1895, Royal Neighbors was founded as a membership organization by nine pioneering women who recognized the need to insure the lives of women and children and the importance of localized philanthropy. Headquartered in Rock Island, Illinois, with an operation in Mesa, Arizona, Royal Neighbors serves more than 215,000 members.  

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