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The Most Memorable Fashion Awards Moments

It has a “Ab Fab” moment with Stella McCartney as well as emotional speeches commemorating industry icons like Franca Sozzani, Azzedine Alaa, and Karl Lagerfeld.

Stella McCartney posting with event hosts

On Monday, Nov. 29, the Fashion Awards are set to return to London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The star-studded event drew some of the world’s most well-known fashion figures and produced memorable moments.

From Rihanna’s PDA with her beau A$AP Rocky in 2019 to Vogue Italia’s longstanding editor in chief Franca Sozzani making her final public appearance at the 2016 awards before her death from lung disease, WWD looks back at some of the most memorable moments from the Fashion Awards over the years.

2019: Rihanna’s appearance at the Fashion Awards with singer, rapper, and love interest A$AP Rocky helped the event get international prominence. She was in attendance to accept the Urban Luxe award for her Fenty fashion line. Janet Jackson made a surprise appearance to present her with the award, adding to the star power.

“First and foremost, Stephanie Phair, I mean, that’s why you’ve been clutching me so tightly, huh?” Rihanna addressed the chairman of the British Fashion Council.

“Thank you so much for believing in me as a young Black woman and for allowing me to pursue what I love the most,” she said, thanking the Arnault family in particular.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, surprised attendees at the 2018 Fashion Awards when she ascended the stage to present Givenchy’s then-creative director Clare Waight Keller, who designed her wedding gown, with the British women’s wear Designer of the Year award.

“It’s really a pleasure to be here in my new home of the United Kingdom, honoring British fashion and British designers.” “I’m seeing a lot of familiar faces, a lot of you I’ve known for a long time,” Markle, who was dressed elegantly in a Givenchy gown and held her baby bump during her address, remarked. She was expecting her eldest child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, at the time.

She talked on how clothes empower women and how fashion’s attitude is changing: “It used to be cool to be harsh, now it’s cool to be kind,” she stated.

2017: Naomi Campbell paid a moving homage to Azzedine Alaa, who died two weeks before the event in Paris. Stephanie Seymour, Imaan Hammam, Veronica Webb, Mariacarla Boscono, and Marie-Sophie Wilson were among the supermodels that joined her, all of whom had worked with Alaa at some point in their careers.

“Everyone in this room knows Azzedine can turn a woman’s physique into something exceptional – make you look fantastic while still being a lady.” He nailed it when it came to capturing the essence of femininity. But, beyond his work as a designer, he became my papa the second day I met him,” Campbell remarked.

“Azzedine was a defender, a teacher, a seeker, and a guardian of all that is good and positive in the world.” “I am honored to commemorate a fashion icon and a true master of mankind with his daughters,” she continued.

Gucci and Demna Gvasalia had a banner year in 2016. Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s creative director, received International Accessories Designer, while Marco Bizzarri, the brand’s president and CEO, won International Business Leader.

Gvasalia won International Ready-to-Wear Designer for Balenciaga, while his brand Vetements won International Urban Luxury Brand, a new category at the relaunched British Fashion Awards, which was previously known as the British Fashion Awards.

Franca Sozzani, the long-serving editor in chief of Vogue Italia, was in attendance to accept the Swarovski Award for Positive Change, and it was her final public appearance before succumbing to lung cancer two weeks later.

Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders dressed up as their characters from the popular TV series to host an event to promote “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” in 2015. At the after party, they met Stella McCartney, who had a cameo in the film. (Edina Monsoon, played by Saunders, had an unhealthy obsession with McCartney in the series.)

Anna Wintour delivered a seven-minute speech to honor fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld with the Outstanding Achievement award earlier this year.

“Even though he’s been creating new designs every season for over 60 years, he has the intensity and inventiveness of a youthful designer.” Fashion is a person’s personal reflection of a changing world. Design is the art of recognizing these shifts and announcing them through clothing that millions of people can wear. Karl has perfected the technique. But it’s his noticing, his unquenchable thirst for knowledge, that energizes and propels him beyond his work.”

At the London Coliseum in 2014, John Galliano, the creative director of Maison Margiela, presented Anna Wintour with the Outstanding Achievement Award. It was a watershed moment for both, but especially for Galliano, who had just returned to the fashion industry after being dismissed by Dior for making anti-Semitic and racist remarks while inebriated.

“When I had become an outsider,” Galliano claimed, the senior editor “reached out to me.” There are no words to adequately express my thanks to her.” Wintour, who approached the stage a few minutes later, paid tribute to her two children, calling them “by far my most impressive achievement,” in a distraught, unsteady voice.

L’Wren Scott, fashion designer and Mick Jagger’s partner, made one of her final public appearances in 2013, at the British Fashion Awards, wearing a floral origami-inspired ensemble from her spring 2014 collection. Months later, the designer committed suicide in her New York City residence.

A teenage Harry Styles, Sienna Miller, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Clémence Poésy were among the other celebs who wowed the red carpet that year.

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