British Fashion Awards: The Ultimate A-Z
Unable to contain our excitement, we've created the ultimate A-Z of all things BFA that — if memorised correctly — will definitely impress your pals over your next round of cocktails.
A is for Alexa Chung
As far as accolades go, every fashion girl wants to earn herself a BFC title and no-one has done so quite like Alexa Chung. Not only has she won the iconic style award more times than we care to count, but she's also earned herself a place on the council itself as Young Style Ambassador.
B is for British Style
Not to sound blatantly obvious but the BFA's are all about honouring Brit talent. While there is an International Designer category, the rest of the gongs are set aside for the finest fashion exports the UK has to offer. Yep, this one's all about us...
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C is for Cara Delevingne
The girl's certainly a fashion force to be reckoned with, ain't she? Not only has she dominated the catwalks and practically every single luxury campaign since she shot to fame back in 2012 when she scooped her first BFA, Cara's only gone and bagged herself TWO nominations for this year's awards. She's up for both the Model of the Year and the public-voted British Style Award.
D is for Dazzling Outfits
As you'd expect from an awards ceremony dedicated to fashion, what you wear is kind of important. From Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's seriously cool printed tux in '13 to Sienna Miller's dreamy green Bo-Ho frock (also in 2013), every celeb pulls out all the stops when it comes to their evening's attire.
E is for Enterprise Award
Among the evening's most sought-after gongs, one of the most prolific has to be the New Establishment Designer award. This is presented to a Brit designer who is now taking the international scene by storm and keeping up with the designer big-hitters and this year sees Emilia Wickstead, Peter Pilotto and Simone Rocha all go head-to-head for the prize. Talk about nail-biting...
F is for Fabulously Fashionable Guests
As we said before, some of the biggest stars of film and music also turn out to rub shoulders with the fash pack. After all, awards season is just around the corner and the earlier the A-list can secure their red-carpet outfits, the better...
G is for Going Global
It may be a celebration for all things Brit but the awards still take the time out to honour an acclaimed international designer for their amazing efforts in the last year. Up for the prize in 2014 is Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent, Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton, Raf Simons.
H is for Harry Styles Gets Honoured
Yep, 1-D's main man found himself at the receiving end of last year's British Style Award. Neck scarves and dusty boots have never looked so good...
I is for Isabella Blow
After her death in 2007, iconic fashion stylist Isabella Blow is remembered with her own name-sake award; the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator. It might be a bit of a mouthful but the prize is set aside for the stylist, make-up artist, photographer, hair stylist or other creative visionary who has inspired the industry during the course of the year.
J is for Jewel-Encrusted Trophies
Swarovski has been named the principle sponsor for this year's awards and it's set to create a brand new trophy as the prize. We don't know about you, but we'd gladly make a spot on our mantelpiece for a crystal-covered statue...
K is for Kate Moss
To have a fashion award ceremony without Kate Moss in attendance goes beyond faux pas; it's practically criminal. Every year, the most super of supers turns out in serious style at the bash with a nomination usually in place. This year, Kate has been put up for the British Style Award going head-to-head against her hubby Jamie Hince. Awkward...
L is for Lee Alexander McQueen
A first in the awards history, Lee Alexander McQueen was awarded with the British Designer of the Year award posthumously in 2010; the year the creative giant took his own life.
M is for Model Of The Year
Thanks to the likes of Instagram and Twitter, models have never been more prolific in our lives than they are right now. So, it comes as no surprise that this category features some pretty mega competition. Up for gongs in 2014 are Jourdan Dunn, Sam Rollinson and Cara Delevingne, who also took home the award in 2012.
N is for Nominations
O is for Outstanding Achievement
Every year the BFC singles out a person in fashion who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to shape and define the industry as we know it. Last year, Kate Moss was bestowed with the prize. This year, magazine editor Anna Wintour will be honoured with the accolade.
P is for Philip Treacy
The hat maker has won Accessory Designer of the Year a whopping five times making him one of the most awarded recipients of the gongs.
Q is for Mary Quant
Sixties tastemaker and mini skirt inventor Mary Quant was found her place in the BFA Hall of Fame in 1990.
R is for Really Life Changing
Winners of the emerging talent awards usually go on to win accolades as high-profile as Brand of the Year and the gong's for Best Womenswear and Menswear respectively further down the line. Should you win one of the coveted prizes early on, your career is practically set.
S is for Style Icons
While the rest of the awards nominees are judges by the esteemed BFC, there is one award that the public solely decides the recipient of (and it's probably the most sought after of the evening!) The winner will be crowned as the individual who most embodies the spirit of British fashion and is an international ambassador for London as a leading creative fashion capital and this year, the competition is pretty fierce. The nominee's for the 2014 British Style Award are Amal Clooney, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bobby Gillespie, Cara Delevingne, Daniel Sturridge, David Beckham, David Gandy, Douglas Booth, Emma Watson, FKA Twigs, Helen Mirren, Idris Elba, Jamie Hince, Jourdan Dunn, Kate Bush, Kate Moss, Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Rita Ora and Tinie Tempah. Phew...
T is for New Talent
One of the key things the British Fashion Council do is support, champion and introduce us to some of the most noteworthy new talent to come through the fashion scene. In fact, there are three categories set aside for emerging talent; a menswear, womenswear and accessory title. It's no secret that winner of each respective category goes on to do pretty great things in the industry which makes winning it all the more alluring.
U is for Under-21
Cara Delevingne was a mere 20-years-old when she bagged the gong for Model of the Year.
V is for Victoria Beckham
After leaving her Spice Girls days behind, VB set out on a quest to become a designer in her own right. And, after years of hard work, she finally cemented her status as one when she was awarded her first BFA for Brand of the Year in 2011. This year she has, once again, been nominated in the Designer Brand category and we're totally rooting for her...
W is for Winners
Jasper Conran was the first and only winner of the inaugural British Fashion Awards in 1986, when he took home the only award on offer: Designer of the Year.
X is for ...
If you can think of something, do let us know. Lets face it; X is always a bit of a dud.
Y is for Yearly Basis
Held on an annual basis since 1989, the awards have been going on longer than some of its nominees. The first ever ceremony was held back in 1984, making this year's evening the 26th in its running history.
Z is for Zandra Rhodes
Although she has never been awarded a trophy from the BFA's, in 1995 textile and print whizz Zandra Rhodes was initiated into the Hall of Fame Award and awarded by the British Fashion Council for outstanding contribution to the British Fashion industry.
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