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For the first time in the history of the prestigious British Fashion Awards, the ceremony named the same winner for both menswear and womenswear designer of the year, according to The Guardian. The history-making designer is Jonathan Anderson and his gender-fluid J.W. Anderson label — he also took home the award for menswear designer of the year in 2014.
It was a happy night for Anderson all around who accepted the first award from Orlando Bloom. "I used to have a crush on Orlando Bloom so that was challenging," he said, according to Yahoo Style." And then was reportedly left speechless when his name was called a second time. "I feel incredibly embarrassed," he said before getting into an acceptance speech that thanked the momentous designers that came before him, including Karl Lagerfeld. "[Lagerfeld] makes me believe that anything is possible," Anderson said.
Lagerfeld was in attendance to accept the Outstanding Achievement award. Vogue EIC Anna Wintour presented Lagerfeld with the award and called the designer and was uncharacteristically without her sunglasses and generous with praise. "Karl is not only one of our greatest and most prolific designers," she said, according to Fashionista. "He is also a linguist, a photographer, an interior decorator, a collector, a filmmaker, an artist and a philanthropist, and that doesn't even fully cover it. I sometimes wonder if he's also a mad physicist, who's discovered an ingenious means of adding hours to the day."
Here's a full list of the night's winners:
Emerging Womenswear Designer: Thomas Tait
Emerging Menswear Designer: Grace Wales Bonner
Emerging Accessory Designer: Jordan Askill
Red Carpet: Tom Ford
Model: Jourdan Dunn
Outstanding Achievement: Karl Lagerfeld
Creative Campaign: Burberry
International Designer: Alessandro Michele for Gucci
New Establishment Designer: Mary Katrantzou
Establishment Designer: Erdem
Brand: Stella McCartney
Isabella Blow Award For Fashion Creator: Nick Knight
British Style - Fashion Innovator: FKA Twigs
British Style - Red Carpet Ambassador: Gwendoline Christie
Accessory Designer: Charlotte Olympia
Menswear Designer: J.W. Anderson
Womenswear Designer: J.W. Anderson