A few weeks after his triumph at the CFDA Awards, the English Jonathan Anderson won the Fashion Award 2023 as Designer of the year. Last year, the award went to the Italian Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative director of Valentino. Anderson had managed last summer to bring Loewe, a brand of the LVMH group, of which he is the creative director, to the top of Lyst's Fashion's Hottest Brands and Product ranking of the second quarter, also placing itself at 20th place with its eponymous brand, JW Anderson. In 2015 Anderson had already been awarded at the British Fashion Awards with the Best Menswear Designer and the Best Womenswear Designer Award. The London award ceremony also celebrated the big names in fashion, Valentino Garavani and Sarah Burton. Edward Enninful (former editor-in-chief of British Vogue who also won the 'Trailblazer Award') presented the "Special Recognition Award" to the British designer, who stepped down as creative director of Alexander McQueen after 13 years. Garavani, 91, was presented with the 'Outstanding Achievement Award' for "shaping and reshaping the fashion world through its innovation and creativity".
In homage to the couturier, 24 iconic red dresses paraded against the backdrop of "An evening at the opera with Valentino", a ballet filmed last month in his hometown, Voghera, which dedicated its theater to him. Music by Micka Luna. Ballet conceived and directed by Eleonora Abbagnato in collaboration with Daniele Cipriani. Gwyneth Paltrow presented the award to Giancarlo Giammetti. Among the designers of the new generations, Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena of Chopova Lowena and Bianca Saunders were awarded, the former with the "New Establishment Womenswear Award" and the latter with the "New Establishment Menswear Award". The winner of the "Model of the Year Award", voted by the public, was the American Paloma Elsesser. Maximilian Davis, creative director of Ferragamo, was also awarded the British Womenswear Designer Award, and Martine Rose, founder and creative director of the eponymous brand, received the British Menswear Designer Award. Conner Ives was awarded the "Bfc Foundation Designer Award".
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