While the main focus of the big red carpets that are upcoming are film premieres and award ceremonies we will have an opportunity for fun fashion with the 2017 British Fashion Awards. Always a hot ticket amongst stars that love fashion I am expecting some really great moments from this red carpet. British fashion is among some of my favorite for it’s innovation and we usually get a crop of fashion forward actresses, supermodels, and socialites take to this red carpet showcasing some of the best of British fashion, and some of the other international brands that are being honored. British fashion model and feminist activist Adowa Aboah recently was debuted as the cover girl for Edward Enninful’s inaugural British Vogue issue as the new Editor-in-Chief is nominated for Model of the Year. This award recognizes the global impact of a model who over the last 12 months has dominated the industry. With an influence that transcends the catwalk, the Model of The Year has made an outstanding contribution to the industry, garnering numerous editorial and advertising campaigns throughout the year. Adowa has definitely displayed that. She walked in almost every major show this year from Chanel to Marc Jacobs, was the cover girl of several international magazines, and several ad campaigns. For the British Fashion Awards red carpet I went to another of the nominees for Adowa to wear with this Céline Spring 2018 RTW long sleeve midi dress which features and abstract printed top and a white fringed skirt from Designer of the Year nominee Phoebe Philo for Céline. Phoebe is rumored to be leaving Céline and headed to Burberry now that Christopher Bailey has left the iconic British brand known for its outerwear, and honestly this might be the perfect platform to make that announcement in a grand way. I personally really want to see this Céline dress on a red carpet because the way it moved on the runway was just a dream, but I think it will take a special star to bring it to life on the red carpet and I think that Adowa is one of the very few who I think could make this look work. I think that paired with a smokey eye, a lip to match the burnt orange in the dress, and a pair of white Jimmy Choo ‘Brandon IWANTCHOO’ stretch fabric and leather booties that Adowa would really make this a major moment on this red carpet. Bella Hadid is also nominated for Model of the Year and I have to say of all of this years nominees I think she is the one that I am rooting for most. Bella has been a force to be reckoned with for a while, but I think this year was the year of Bella. She walked for all the major brands, she is a face of Dior Beauty, and has had so many major moment on the red carpet this year and I think that this has been the year of Bella. I wanted to see Bella rock the red carpet at the British Fashion Award representing Designer of the Year nominee Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior wearing this gorgeous grey Christian Dior Fall 2017 Couture strapless gown which features gorgeous textured detail, a sheer skirt, and a Charles Jamesian ‘Swan’ silhouette. Bella was the first person I thought of when I first saw this gown on the runway and was one of the very few looks from this collection I had even a glimmer of excitement about. I have mentioned several times that I am really fatigued with the sheer skirt trend, but Bella somehow usually makes me be okay with them somehow. I think that if Bella took this gown paired with a chic updo, winged kohl rimmed eyes, a bold red lip, a pair of grey velvet Rene Caovilla crystal trimmed sandals, and a statement vintage Bulgari diamond necklace from the 1930’s that she would deliver a moment that exudes nothing but glamour.Gigi Hadid is the third Model of the Year nominee on this list and took home the title last year. I have to say that last year was the year of Gigi, but I think this year is the year of her sister and I know that she would not be upset to see her little sister take the title from her. While I went to major brands for Adowa and Bella I went to a rising talent for Gigi’s look for the 2017 British Fashion Awards. Michael Halpern for Halpern is nominated for British Emerging Talent – Womenswear and I think that if he took this teal sequin strapless cocktail dress that features pleated fan details from his Spring 2018 RTW collection and lengthened it into a glamorous gown that just hits the floor that it would be a major glam moment for Gigi to wear on this red carpet. What I love about this red carpet is that it gives the chance for these amazing emerging brands to get get a great moment on the red carpet, booting their profile. I think that if Gigi took this (modified) gown and paired it with old Hollywood waves, a coral pink lip, a pair of silver Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Coline’ crystal embellished sandals, and mismatched Messika diamond earrings like a stud and ear cuff to ensure that she can balance the distinct disco vibes of this look and ensuring she still looks modern. Jourdan Dunn might not be nominated for any of the awards at this years British Fashion Awards, but I would think it is a safe bet that the English model will walk the red carpet. Surprisingly in the past Jourdan has never worn a British brand on this red carpet instead opting for Brandon Maxwell and Mugler for the years she has attended in the past. I decided to keep that non Brit brand trend going by having Jourdan represent Gucci whose designer and executive are nominated for several awards this year. The sheer dress trend is nothing new and I am sure that we will see some sheer looks on this red carpet. I think that Jourdan would shut the red carpet down giving us ice capades realness wearing this Gucci Spring 2018 RTW ensemble which features a black sheer pleated one shoulder cocktail dress and a dazzling crystal beaded bodysuit. This is definitely a moment and it will take the right person to really make it work. I think that Jourdan has the diva attitude on the red carpet to really make it something special. If a supermodel couldn’t make this look work who could? I want to see Jourdan pair this dress with a pair of black Sophia Webster ‘Electra’ laser cut angel wing sandal booties, a sleek high bun, smokey eye, nude lip, and a pair of dazzling amethyst and diamond Chopard drop earrings to really push this look over the top. Kate Bosworth has been a constant supporter of great British brands on the red carpet and has attended many British Fashion Awards ceremonies in the past. I would love to see her jet set to London for this years red carpet to represent British Designer of the Year – Womenswear nominee Christopher Kane. Kate has worn several really beautiful Christopher Kane designs on the red carpet in the past and I think that the two would be a perfect collaboration for this red carpet. I think that if Kate took this white Christopher Kane Spring 2018 RTW icing embroidered crystal gown which features a sleeveless, maxi silhouette with a v neckline, all around cut outs, and an embellished top and lined it that we would be in for a really regal, modern moment on the British Fashion Awards red carpet. I don’t think that Kate would wear the gown as presented on the runway, but I think that with the lining that Kate would definitely turn this gown from a edgy moment to a really regal moment with just the subtle hint of edge. Adding a sleek updo, a slightly smokey eye, red lip, white Edie Parker ‘Wolf’ acrylic shard clutch, a pair of white Giuseppe Zanotti glittered platform sandals, and a pair of chic Harry Winston diamond drop earrings to this gown would all ensure that Kate delivers the most glamorous moment possible.Erdem is nominated for British Designer of the Year – Womenswear and I think that on the heels of a very successful partnership with H&M that I am really excited to see who will wear the brand on the red carpet at the Fashion Awards this year.British socialite and model Poppy Delevingne to me is a sure bet of a probable guest at this years Fashion Awards. Poppy has a great sense of style and I think that she delivers some really great moments on the red carpet. I think that Poppy would be the perfect person to take this emerald green sheer lace Erdem Spring 2018 RTW ruffed gown and give it a truly major moment on the red carpet. The gown fits Poppy’s more bohemian glam style and I think would make for a perfect representation of the brand on this red carpet. Add a pair of emerald velvet Prada jeweled velvet block heel platform sandals, loose wavy bob, winged eyeliner, an oxblood red lip, and a pair of Cartier art deco diamond and emerald earrings to really perfectly punctuate this ensemble for Poppy. Winnie Harlow and Off-White are both nominated at this years Fashion Awards and I honestly think that they would be a perfect match for the red carpet. I think that if Winnie took this watercolor floral organza Off-White Spring 2018 RTW one shoulder, draped ruffle gown and paired it with big bouncy curls, a smokey eye, bold pink lips, silver Jaggar ‘Lane’ metallic leather sandals, and a pair of pink sapphire Chopard chandelier earrings that this would be a real red carpet win for both her and the brand. Both Winnie and Off-White were the unexpected stars that have emerged this year and I think that both have had an amazing year. I think that we have learned to embrace differences and that Winnie has shown that different is beautiful. This look would totally make for another gorgeous moment for her on the red carpet and I think that the Off-White signature urban glamour is something that Winnie could really make come to life on a red carpet.
The 2017 British Fashion Awards will take place on Monday December 4, 2017.