Valentino designer Pierpaolo Piccioli, model Bella Hadid and other big names in the fashion industry were among the winners at the Fashion Awards in London on Monday (Nov 5).
Piccioli scooped the "Designer of the Year" award at the annual event. He is the creative director of Italian fashion house Valentino.
Hadid received the "Model of the Year" award. She is a well-recognised face, having walked the runways of fashion capitals Milan, Paris, London and New York.
"To me fashion has a responsibility, I feel (I) have a voice and I want to use my voice even for who doesn't have a voice," Piccioli told Reuters on the red carpet before the awards.
The Fashion Awards recognises creativity and innovation in fashion. It celebrates the role of fashion in self-expression, optimism and its positioning at the intersection of culture.
Over 1,000 key members of the international fashion industry were called upon to vote for this year’s global accolades.
A total of 15 designers, brands, creatives and individuals who created positive change within the fashion industry received the "Leaders of Change" nod. They were recognised under three categories: environment, people and creativity.
Other winners of the evening included Yvon Chouinard, founder of outerwear brand Patagonia. He received the "Outstanding Achievement" award.
Back in September, Chouinard said he was giving away the apparel company to a trust that will use its profit to fight the climate crisis.
The "Fashion Award for Metaverse World and Gaming Experience" went to British luxury brand Burberry for its ventures into the virtual world.
A pre-show ceremony involved a Jean Paul Gaultier Fashion Freak Show, an electric combination of revue, pop concert and fashion show in a spirit of exuberance and magic.
There was also tribute to Queen Elizabeth II during the event.