London Getting It’s Own MET Gala

The MET Gala has been compared to the fashion industry’s equivalent to the Oscars, so it would make sense that London would also want to get in on the action.

With this years MET Gala having already taken place earlier this May in New York, and Vogues Creative Director Anna Wintour overseeing the guest list, the fundraising event is probably the most exclusive celeb fest in the Western hemisphere.

Last week, the British Fashion Council unveiled its answer to the event, which is a new take on the British Fashion Awards, called the Global Fashion Awards. The awards will serve as a fundraiser and instead of the funds going towards a museum, it will go towards the BFC’s Education Foundation, which helps young people attend fashion college.

“We aspire to create an event that is like a mix of the Academy Awards and the Met Ball, on a global scale,” Dame Natalie Massenet, chairman of the BFC, says in an interview with Business of Fashion. “It’s going to be the most sweeping, beautiful, magical, sparkly, twinkly, elegant red carpet you’ve ever seen.”

Set to take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the event will be held on  December 5 with guests ranging from celebrities and dignitaries, to possibly even you! “The special thing about this event is that it’s also open to the public for purchasing of tickets,” explains Nadja Swarovski of Swarovski, which is partnering with the BFC.