British Fashion Awards 2023: Helen Flanagan, Sam Faiers and Zara McDermott lead the UK reality stars rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers at the star-studded ceremony

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By Robert Fofana

Helen Flanagan, Sam Faiers and Zara McDermott led the UK reality stars rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers at the British Fashion Awards on Monday.

Flying the Blighty flag they dressed to impress as they hit the Royal Albert Hall’s red carpet alongside the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway and Kate Moss.

Former Coronation Street actress and I’m A Celeb star Helen, 33, sent temperatures soaring in a busty gown with a semi-sheer lace panelled bodice.

The chic number nipped in at her toned waist with a corset, featuring racy cut-out sections, before falling to the ground in a straight skirt. 

She elevated her height with a pair of strappy metallic heels and accessorised with some glitzy earrings. 

British Fashion Awards 2023: Helen Flanagan, Sam Faiers and Zara McDermott lead the UK reality stars rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers at the star-studded ceremony

Helen Flanagan, 33, led the UK reality stars rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers at the British Fashion Awards on Monday

She was joined by TOWIE's Sam Faiers  and....

Love Island's Zara McDermott

She was joined by TOWIE’s Sam Faiers (L) and Love Island’s Zara McDermott (R)

Meanwhile former TOWIE star Sam, 32, slipped into a figure-hugging black velvet gown complete with long flowing train.

The dress featured gloves, dramatic shoulder pads as well as a baroque gold trim and cut outs at her cleavage. 

Sam’s glitzy gown was tailored to perfection and hugged her eye-popping curves and completed the look with gold earrings, forgoing a necklace to let the outfit speak for itself. 

Elsewhere Love Island’s Zara, 26, put on a very busty display in a slinky strapless silver number which was cinched at he waist with a sculpted mirrored belt.

The ensemble accentuated her perfect hourglass figure as she swept her blonde tresses into a bun while strands framed her beautiful face.  

They joined the likes Kate Moss, Amal Clooney and Gwyneth Paltrow walked the red carpet at the British Fashion Awards 2023. 

The event, presented by jewellery brand Pandora returned to the iconic London venue, the Royal Albert Hall on Monday evening.

The evening, hosted by British broadcaster Maya Jama and musical artist Kojey Radical, celebrated 16 awards. TFA nominees and winners are voted for by an international judging panel made up of over 1000 industry experts. 

Former Coronation Street actress and I'm A Celeb star Helen sent temperatures soaring in a busty gown with a semi-sheer lace panelled bodice

Former Coronation Street actress and I’m A Celeb star Helen sent temperatures soaring in a busty gown with a semi-sheer lace panelled bodice

Meanwhile former TOWIE star Sam, 32, slipped into a figure-hugging black velvet gown complete with long flowing train

Meanwhile former TOWIE star Sam, 32, slipped into a figure-hugging black velvet gown complete with long flowing train

Sam's glitzy gown was tailored to perfection and hugged her eye-popping curves and completed the look with gold earrings, forgoing a necklace to let the outfit speak for itself

Sam’s glitzy gown was tailored to perfection and hugged her eye-popping curves and completed the look with gold earrings, forgoing a necklace to let the outfit speak for itself

Elsewhere Love Island's Zara, 26, put on a very busty display in a slinky strapless silver dress which was cinched at he waist with a chunky mirrored belt

Elsewhere Love Island’s Zara, 26, put on a very busty display in a slinky strapless silver dress which was cinched at he waist with a chunky mirrored belt

The ensemble accentuated her perfect hourglass figure as she swept her blonde tresses into a bun while strands framed her beautiful face

The ensemble accentuated her perfect hourglass figure as she swept her blonde tresses into a bun while strands framed her beautiful face 

Zara looked world away from her reality star days as she joined Hollywood mega stars

Zara looked world away from her reality star days as she joined Hollywood mega stars 

The quirky belt ensured all eyes were on her

The quirky belt ensured all eyes were on her

The strapless gown barely contained her ample bosses and risked a wardrobe malfunction

The strapless gown barely contained her ample bosses and risked a wardrobe malfunction 

She elevated her frame with a pair of pointed stiletto heels

She elevated her frame with a pair of pointed stiletto heels 

The telly favourites posed along side the likes of Kate Moss....

And Gwyneth Paltrow

The telly favourites posed along side the likes of Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow 

Charlotte Tilbury MBE, Beauty Entrepreneur, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Creative Officer of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty, received a Special Recognition Award from The British Fashion Council (L-R) Jourdan Dunn, Charlotte Tilbury and Kate Moss

Charlotte Tilbury MBE, Beauty Entrepreneur, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Creative Officer of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty, received a Special Recognition Award from The British Fashion Council (L-R) Jourdan Dunn, Charlotte Tilbury and Kate Moss

The event serves as the main fundraiser for the BFC Foundation. which supports the future growth and success of the British fashion industry through its focus on education, grant-giving, and business mentoring. 

The BFC also went back to having some gender-based design awards for the first time since the pandemic, splitting the best British designers into menswear and womenswear categories. 

Leading industry figures were recognised such as Valentino Garavani with the Outstanding Achievement award, make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury with the Special Recognition Award, and the late Joe Casely-Hayford with a posthumous special recognition award.

Sam Smith accepted the Cultural Innovator trophy as they were honoured for creating viral fashion moments, such as their unforgettable latex clad appearance at the 2023 Brit Awards. 

Speaking about Sam’s award Caroline Rush, chief executive officer at the British Fashion Council, said Sam was is ‘a true cultural innovator who has fearlessly pushed the boundaries of both fashion and entertainment.

After starring in Coronation Street Helen went on to appear in I'm A Celeb before returning for the reality show's  2023 All Star season (pictured)

After starring in Coronation Street Helen went on to appear in I’m A Celeb before returning for the reality show’s  2023 All Star season (pictured) 

Sam found fame as an orignal cast member of ITV's TOWIE (pictured on the show in 2011)

Sam found fame as an orignal cast member of ITV’s TOWIE (pictured on the show in 2011) 

Zara pictured on Love Island in 2018

Zara pictured on Love Island in 2018

‘Smith’s unapologetic and groundbreaking style choices have dominated the industry in 2023 and we are incredibly grateful for their continued support of U.K. designers.’

The awards ceremony kicked off in style, with global superstar Usher welcoming the audience of leading designers, artists, creatives, and tastemakers for a night celebrating the global fashion community, asking ‘How does fashion make you feel?’.

The evening started with METTE’s Pandora performance, followed with a performance from Cultural Innovator Award winner Sam Smith and ended with a DJ set by Skepta at the afterparty.

The British fashion industry paid tribute to Dame Vivienne Westwood and her fearless approach to design and activism and recognised Joe Casely-Hayford with a posthumous Special Recognition Award for his incredible contributions to fashion and culture.

Each winner received a unique trophy designed by stylist, art director and 2022 NEW WAVE: Creative in collaboration with British glass production company.

BRITISH FASHION AWARDS 2023 – THE WINNERS

New Establishment Womenswear Award: Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena

Presented by: Simone Ashley 

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Campbell Addy

Presented by: Ib Kamara

Model of the Year Award: Paloma Elsesser

Presented by: Damson Idris

Cultural Innovator Award: Sam Smith 

Presented by: Lena Dunham

Special Recognition Award: Charlie Casely Hayford on behalf of the late Joe Casely-Hayford

Presented by: Paapa Essiedu

Special Recognition Award: Sarah Mower 

Presented by: Gwendoline Christie

Trailblazer Award: Edward Enninful

Presented by Jodie Comer & Stormzy

Designer of the Year Award: Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson

Presented by Josh O Connor

Special Recognition Award: Charlotte Tilbury 

Presented by: Amal Clooney 

BFC Foundation Award: Conner Ives

Presented by: Dan Levy

Special Recognition Award: Sarah Burton 

Presented by: Edward Enninful

New Establishment Menswear Award: Bianca Saunders 

Presented by: Precious Lee

British Menswear Designer Award: Martine Rose

Presented by Little Simz

British Womenswear Designer Award: Maximilian Davis for Ferragamo 

Presented by: ChiomaNnadi

Pandora Leader of Change Award: Michaela Coel

Presented by Global Ambassador: Pamela Anderson

Outstanding Achievement Award: Giancarlo Giammetti on behalf of Valentino

Presented by: Gwyneth Paltrow

 

 

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