Gearing up for the Fashion Awards this December, the British Fashion Council has announced that the ceremony will be inaugurating a new award this year. Titled the Special Recognition Award for Innovation, in partnership with Swarovski, Stella McCartney will be the first recipient to receive the award, thanks to her continuing efforts in promoting sustainability and animal rights.  

Speaking about the award, Stella McCartney said: "I'm incredibly proud to get this award. What I am most proud of is that it is a new award that it's introduced into the Fashion Awards, a special recognition on innovation. I am hoping that as the first recipient, I can inspire other design houses to follow suit and to make this the most prestigious award, not just a one-off."

The 2017 British Fashion Awards will take place on December 4 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In the meantime, discover the full list of nominees