Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour at the British Fashion Awards 2015 | © Mike Marsland - British Fashion Council

A few weeks ago, the British Fashion Council honored the most talented and successful designers at their annual British Fashion Awards ceremony. Comedian Jack Whitehall guided through this special evening with Karl Lagerfeld as the guest of honor, receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award. Anna Wintour gave a moving speech, saying: “Karl and I have shared many extraordinary moments over the years, and I’d gladly share a few of them with you, if it weren’t for the fact that Karl, of all people, would be horrified. Why look back, when there is so much waiting for the future? More than anyone I know, he represents the soul of fashion: restless, bored looking, and voraciously attentive to our changing culture.”. Karl then, in his gorgeous German accent, humbly replied: ” First of all, thank you to whoever had the grand idea to give me this price. (…) I’m flattered that I got this award. Thank you so much.”

 

Alexa Chung at the British Fashion Awards 2015 | © Mike Marsland - British Fashion Council Cheryl Fernandez-Versini at the British Fashion Awards 2015 | © Mike Marsland - British Fashion Council David and Victoria Beckham at the British Fashion Awards 2015 | © Mike Marsland - British Fashion Council Karlie Kloss at the British Fashion Awards 2015 | © Mike Marsland - British Fashion Council Lady Gaga at the British Fashion Awards 2015 | © Mike Marsland - British Fashion Council Lucky Blue-Smith at the British Fashion Awards 2015 | © Mike Marsland - British Fashion Council Nadja Swarovski and Natalie Massenet at the British Fashion Awards 2015 | © Mike Marsland - British Fashion Council Orlando Bloom at the British Fashion Awards 2015 | © Mike Marsland - British Fashion Council Rita Ora at the British Fashion Awards 2015 | © Mike Marsland - British Fashion Council Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Mario Testino at the British Fashion Awards 2015 | © Mike Marsland - British Fashion Council Tinie Tempah at the British Fashion Awards 2015 | © Mike Marsland - British Fashion Council

Other winners included:

Emerging Womenswear Designer: Thomas Tait
– presented by Nick Grimshaw and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Emerging Menswear Designer: Grace Wales Bonner

Emerging Accessory Designer: Jordan Askill

Red Carpet: Tom Ford
– where Lady Gaga surprised the audience and accepted the award on Tom Ford’s behalf and spoke of their friendship

Model: Jourdan Dunn
– awarded by Olivier Rousteing, who asked to “Pray for Paris and pray for the world”

Creative Campaign: Burberry
– who said “I want to say a huge thanks to Mario Testino, who’s been my partner in crime in over 15 years.”

International Designer: Alessandro Michele for Gucci

New Establishment Designer: Mary Katrantzou

Establishment Designer: Erdem

Brand: Stella McCartney

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Nick Knight
– where Karlie Kloss gave a speech saying that Knight pushes boundaries and challenges our notions of beauty in the world around us

British Style – Red Carpet Ambassador: Gwendoline Christie

British Style – Fashion Innovator: FKA Twigs

Accessory Designer: Charlotte Olympia

Menswear Designer: J.W. Anderson
– where Orlando Bloom was another surprise guest

Womenswear Designer: J.W. Anderson
– who won the “big two” and as he came back to stage, he was so in shock: “I feel totally embarrassed. I don’t know what I am meant to say.”