British Fashion Awards 2022

The hottest trends spotted at the 2022 Fashion Awards

I love to look to the red carpet for style inspiration – and where better than the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Awards, which held its 2022 ceremony this week.

Stars headed to The Royal Albert Hall for the event, presented by Diet Coke and hosted by actress Jodie Turner-Smith in GUCCI.  Attendees included industry icons like British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Model of the Year was won by Bella Hadid, while Valentino’s Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli took home Designer of the Year.

My primary focus, however, was the celebrity styles I’ll be bringing to your attention over the coming year. The red carpet was awash with unique looks, but certain themes continually cropped up, suggesting they’ll be everywhere over the next few months.

Black, white, and red all over

The LBD has always been a staple at this time of year, and it was a return to black dresses (instead of brown) reigning supreme that this year’s Fashion Awards.

Up and coming stars including nepo-kids Lila Moss and Iris Law opted for cut-outs and sheer materials, while TV presenter Maya Jama accessorised her skin-tight black number with a dramatic wide-brimmed hat.

Black and white combinations were also everywhere, from Leigh-Anne Pinnock’s monochrome gown to Romeo Beckham’s girlfriend Mia Regan pairing a bright white mini dress with chunky black boots.

Florence’s red Valentino gown was one of the stars of the show 

Elsewhere, festive red was a big hit at the ceremony.

Florence Pugh went for a stunning red Valentino gown, while Amanda Holden, and Abbey Clancy also sported scarlet.

The trick to updating these classic shades is to play with texture and shape in your pieces. Materials like leather and PVC can add an edge to an outfit, while oversized shoulders, cut-out detailing, and embellishments like rhinestones or feathers are also great for switching things up.

Sequins

Naomi’s silver gown was designed exclusively for her by Maison Valentino.

Both fashion queen Naomi Campbell and British Fashion Council CEO Caroline Rush wore sequin dresses to the awards – and they’re two people who know what they’re doing when it comes to dressing.

However, it was hard to find a red carpet ‘fit that didn’t feature sparkles; Poppy Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse, Irina Shayk, and Lily James were among those in sequin gowns.

High-vis neon brights

Event host Jodie Turner-Smith had a number of outfit changes throughout the night, but started things off in a bright neon frock.

She wasn’t the only one either – quite a few celebs also went for the high-vis look.

Highlighter yellow isn’t always an easy one to pull off, so if you want to work the trend, perhaps keep to pops of bright neon against a black or neutral outfit.

Prosthetic makeup

Fancy going supernatural with your makeup? 

Rita Ora braved the weather in a sheer, lingerie-inspired gown – but we’re more intrigued by her webbed prosthetic makeup look.

It’s unlikely prosthetics will replace smokey eyes any time soon, but special effects makeup is becoming more popular. Sienna Miller recently revealed that she uses prosthetic lips to give a temporary filler effect, while Kim Kardashian showed off ‘scales’ for her Halloween beauty look. I’m wondering if I could get a whole new face to look 18 all over again?

Hoods and veils

I told you a while ago that hoods are back.

Bridgerton actress Simone Ashley and singer Sabrina Carpenter were among the attendees who donned a hood for the awards – no, not cosy hoods to shield from rain, but embellished head coverings to complement an outfit.

Sabrina Elba also switched things up with a faux fur snood, while Erin O’Connor accessorised her monochrome Erdem dress with a black chiffon veil.

Tulle vs tailoring

Rochelle mixed up the traditional tailored suit with a feminine bardot cut and pops of sparkle.

For a dramatic nighttime look, go for androgynous tailoring like Elizabeth Debicki and Rochelle Humes.

Black and white keeps things formal, and exaggerated shoulders, metallic hardware, and feminine touches against boxy shapes ensure you won’t look like you’ve just raided your dad’s suits.

Speaking of feminine touches, we saw a lot of tulle and feathers at the ceremony, in direct contract to those masculine tailored looks.

Ashley Graham went big with frills and puff sleeves, conjuring images of the classic American prom dress.

Meanwhile, Pam and Tommy star Lily James chose a gown with a tulle mermaid cut and Jourdan Dunn went for a dress with a voluminous bustle and train.

Wet Look Hair

Wet look hair seems to be the ultimate look at the moment – hate to say it but Kim K is all over it as well.

The beautiful Oti Mabuse wore her hair in a slick wet look style to the awards, with Simone Ashley and Florence Pugh also going for similar styles.

It’s a great look for party season because it stays put for hours, and you shouldn’t need any extra tools to recreate it. Plus, if you get stuck in a rain shower (not a wild possibility over British winter) you’re still good to go.

Mini bags

Finish off your look with a bag that’ll fit approx one tampon.

Is it just me, or are bags getting smaller and smaller?

Don’t expect to be able to fit much in the handbags trending this season, as they’re seriously tiny.

On the Fashion Awards red carpet, everyone from Alexa Chung to Laura Whitmore carried mini-bags.

It may be time to bin the mobile phone and opt for small change for the phone box to call that taxi home.