Rising fashion star Jonathan Anderson scored a double at London’s Fashion Awards on Monday, claiming prizes for Accessories Designer of the Year and British Designer for Womenswear of the Year.
Considered one of the most influential designers of his generation, 33-year-old Anderson was recognised for his work with luxury leather goods manufacturer Loewe, where he is the creative director, and for the women’s collection at his own label, J.W. Anderson.
The prestigious awards, presented at the iconic Royal Albert Hall, were marked by a moving tribute to the great French-Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia, who died last month at the age of 77.
Supermodels including Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour and Eva Herzigová took to the stage to honour the master known for his timeless designs.
Campbell, who was on the verge of tears, said Alaia was a “fashion giant”, and referred to him as her “daddy, protector … and teacher”.
British model Adwoa Aboah, known for her activism, won Model of the Year ahead of sisters Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid, and Kaia Gerber, the 16-year-old daughter of former top model Cindy Crawford.
Belgian Raf Simons triumphed in the Designer of the Year category for his work with Calvin Klein, while Gucci’s CEO Marco Bizzarri was named Best Business Leader, picking up his award from singer Annie Lennox.
Finally, sandwiched between jokes at the expense of US President Donald Trump, the awards recognised young British talent, with Michael Halpern winning British Emerging Talent for Womenswear and Charles Jeffrey picking up the Menswear award.