Since the very first red carpet of 2019, it appeared that men’s suiting would never be the same. Harnesses replaced the blazer and an open top-button replaced the standard tie. Kanye West ushered in sportswear to the Met Gala while Billy Porter made wearing a gown to awards events a given. And though the revered tuxedo will never be phased out, the roaring ’20s is expecting an entirely new tailored look. As we wind down the year and the decade that was, the British Fashion Awards is having the last sartorial moment.
Descending onto the red carpet at Royal Albert Hall, not even the bitter winter of London could impede on the soirée of celebrity arrivals. Amongst a blush billowing gown worn by Winnie Harlow and a magnitude of tule seen on Olivia Culpo, it was the men who impressed with renewed interpretations of the standard suit and tie. Of note, Wilson Oryema and Miguel opted for a floor-length coat, boasting heavy embellishments and contrast lapels respectively. Resort wear mogul himself Simon Porte Jacquemus arrived to the BFAs wearing a polo shirt while AJ Tracey pulled a Frank Ocean move and donned a Prada wind jacket and pants and Dior sneakers, aptly finished off with a shirt and tie – possibly the only reason he passed the dress code. Elsewhere, the remainder of the men dabbled in embroidery, white sneakers and relaxed silk tailoring.
This evening, Kim Jones will be vying for Accessories Designer of the Year for Dior Men’s, Loewe will look to take out Brand of the Year and Craig Green will hope to win British Designer of the Year for Menswear.
Look below for the best red carpet looks and stay tuned for all the winners from the British Fashion Awards 2019.