V Is For… Victoria Beckham! An A-Z Of The British Fashion Awards

V Is For… Victoria Beckham! An A-Z Of The British Fashion Awards

With the annual British Fashion Awards the talk of the fashion industry once again, here's everything you'll ever want to know about fashion's biggest night out...

You can forget the Oscars and the Golden Globes - last night the awards that every fashion girl has had circled in her diary since, well, the beginning of the year got firmly underway. Yep, we're talking about the British Fashion Awards, the ceremony, which honours those who have really made an impact on the fashion realm in past 365 days. And, with some major A-listers on the guest list, you can always guarantee that the turn-out is going to be stellar. 

With that in mind, we've created the ultimate A-Z of all things BFA that will definitely impress your pals over your next round of cocktails. Here it comes...

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...

C is for Cara Delevingne
The girl's certainly a fashion force to be reckoned with. Not only has she dominated the catwalks and practically every single luxury campaign since she shot to fame in 2012, the very same year, she went on to scoop her first BFA. She's since been nominated several more times - for categories including 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 2013, to Sienna Miller's dreamy green boho frock (also in 2013), every celeb pulls out all the stops when it comes to their BFA 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. In the past, Emilia Wickstead, Peter Pilotto and Simone Rocha have all been nominated, but this year, Mary Katrantzou took home the prize.

F is for Fabulously Fashionable Guests
As we said before, some of the biggest stars in 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 British 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 previous years have been Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent, Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton and Raf Simons - but 2015's lucky winner was Alessandro Michele for Gucci.

H is for Harry Styles Gets Honoured
Yep, 1-D's main man found himself at the receiving end of 2013'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
For the second year running, Swarovski has been named the principle sponsor for the 2015 awards, and has created beautiful, solid crystal trophies 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. Almost every year, the most super of supers turns out in serious style at the bash with a nomination usually in place. Unusually this year, Kate wasn't in attendance.

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 the past have been Sam Rollinson and Cara Delevingne - but this year's award went to Brit superstar, Jourdan Dunn.

N is for Nominations
Check out the FULL list of British Fashion Awards 2015 winners and nominees, here...

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. In 2013, Kate Moss was bestowed with the prize, and in 2014, it went to magazine editor Anna Wintour. This year, Chanel chief Karl Lagerfeld was 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 found her place in the BFA Hall of Fame in 1990.

Read more: British Fashion Awards through the years: 21 moments we'll NEVER forget...

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 the competition is pretty fierce. In the past, nominees for the British Style Award have included Amal Clooney, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bobby Gillespie, Cara Delevingne, Daniel Sturridge, David Beckham, David Gandy and Emma Watson. This year, FKA Twigs, Gwendoline Christie, Eddie Redmayne and Daniel Craig were among those up for the gong. 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 onto 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. She's since collected the award a seond time, and in 2015 was nominated for the for prestigious Womenswear Designer prize.

Read More: The British Fashion Awards 2015 in 25 amazing picures...

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 1986, the awards have been going on longer than some of its nominees. The first ever ceremony was held back in 1986, making this year's the 27th 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 whiz Zandra Rhodes was initiated into the Hall of Fame by the British Fashion Council, for her outstanding contribution to the British Fashion industry.

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