Top gongs given out at the British Bangladeshi Fashion & Lifestyle Awards 2022
Saturday 3rd December 2022 – The Tower Hotel, Tower Bridge
BBC Radio presenters Nadia Ali & Mistah Islah hosted a lavish award ceremony at The Tower Hotel, Tower Bridge, celebrating the achievements of the British Bangladeshi community in the Fashion & Lifestyle Industry.
The British Bangladeshi Fashion & Lifestyle Awards 2022, saw 24 awards being handed out to individuals and companies that have transcended barriers and achieved the pinnacle of their given trade & professions and in the process have brought colour, joy and happiness to all our lives.
Organised by the British Bangladeshi Fashion Council and sponsored and supported by the London Tea Exchange, the awards were a celebration and promotion of British Bangladeshi fashion, arts, culture, and businesses that help contribute to the unique multicultural lifestyle of British Bangladeshis and to the wider British society. It was a celebration that showcased the best of British Bangladeshis and celebrated the fantastic achievements throughout the fashion & lifestyle industry.
The awards saw members of the public submit nominations, with over 250 nominations received, followed by shortlisting selecting 3-5 finalists in each category. Finalists were announced at a lavish ceremony on 9th November in the House of Lords, hosted by Baroness Uddin of Bethnal Green, with the winners announced at this lavish awards ceremony at The Tower Hotel on 3rd December.
The awards that were given out, included Fashion Designer of the Year which went to Naika of London, Journalist of the Year to ITV News’ Shehab Khan, Make-up Artist of the Year to Julie Ali, with Best Male Model of the Year going to Ramzan Miah and Best Female Model of the Year going to Emilia Khandaker. Awards were also given out in a range of other categories in the lifestyle industry – TV/Radio Personality of the Year went to Hashu Mohammed, Music Artist of the Year to went to Tara Lily, Restaurant of the Year went to Darjeeling Express, Wedding Caterer of the Year going to Mint Caterers, amongst other awards.
A number of awards were also given out to international categories, with Fashion Designer of the Year – International going to Sarah Karim, Best Male Model of the Year International going to Nibir Adnan Nahid and Best Female Model of the Year International going to Tangia Zaman Methila.
Special recognition went to Dr Halima Begum, CEO of the Runnymede Trust for BBFC President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement for her tireless work over the years to tackle racial inequality and injustice, and more recently for her work during covid to ensure that the government and other institutions were factoring in the disproportionate impact that covid was having on BaME communities.
Also, another special recognition went to Maheen Khan for Lifetime Achievement Award, for her decades of work in the Bangladesh fashion industry as well as her work as President of the Fashion Design Council of Bangladesh, promoting Bangladeshi fashion designers, sustainability and heritage textiles and crafts.
Fokrul Hoque, CEO of the British Bangladesh Fashion Council said: ‘We are delighted to have hosted this awards ceremony. The amount of creative talent that we have within the British Bangladeshi community is not highlighted enough, as often the focus is on the achievements in some of the other sectors which have taken a precedent, such as academic and business achievements. These awards are not just about recognizing those who have succeeded and done well in this sector, but also about highlighting and promoting the creative industries as a career choice, as the fashion industry is a £37 billion a year industry and one that is growing fast, with lots of opportunities.’
He continued: ‘We were also delighted to recognize some amazing talents in Bangladesh within the fashion sector. The Bangladesh fashion scene, beyond the Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector, has seen tremendous development over the last few years. Designers like Sarah Karim, who won Fashion Designer of the Year – International, are helping to set the trend and their creativity and quality is amazing and needs international exposure. Equally the two models who won awards, are doing so well in the industry, that they too need to be recognized internationally. Finally, the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Maheen Khan, has been doing so much to promote Bangladeshi fashion designers, natural textiles, artisans and others, for several decades, she is an inspiration to many and her work is having a massive impact on the industry.’
Fashion Designer of the Year – UK
Fashion Designer of the Year – International
Model of the Year – UK (Female)
Model of the Year – UK (Male)
Model of the Year – International (Female)
Model of the Year – International (Male)
Make-up Artist of the Year
Fashion Retailer of the Year
Photographer / Videographer of the Year
Outstanding Achievement in Literature
Outstanding Contribution to the Arts
Wedding Caterer of the Year
Wedding Supplier of the Year
TV / Radio Personality of the Year
Hashu Mohammed (Smash Bengali)
Social Media Personality of the Year
Sports Personality of the Year
Outstanding Contribution to Charity
Outstanding Contribution to Social Justice
Business Personality / Entrepreneur of the Year