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The Business of Fashion Celebrates the #BoF500 2015

On Monday night, fashion’s top players from around the world descended on the London Edition Hotel to celebrate the unveiling of this year's BoF 500 and an accompanying special print edition examining the theme of 'Reinvention.'
The Business Of Fashion #BoF500 Gala at the London Edition Hotel | Photo: Dave Bennett
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LONDON, United Kingdom — At the height of London Fashion Week, The Business of Fashion hosted a gala dinner and party at The London EDITION Hotel to celebrate the unveiling of the third annual #BoF500, a list of the most influential people shaping the global fashion industry.

Supported by QIC Global Real Estate, the launch coincided with the release of BoF's latest special print edition, which celebrates the #BoF500 and examines the topic of 'Reinvention.' The cover of the issue features an illustration of Gucci's chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri and creative director Alessandro Michele, created for BoF by artist and Instagram sensation Helen Downie aka @unskilledworker.

Downie also created the cover for a special print supplement, which was turned into a large mural at the event, featuring eight of the 103 additions to this year's BoF 500, including model Gigi Hadid, Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing and Instagram founder Kevin Systrom.

Guests at the gala included Natalie Massenet, Lisa Eldridge, Renzo Rosso, Federico Marchetti, Stefano Pilati and Tory Burch. Alexa Chung and Liu Wen mingled with Dree Hemingway and Leigh Lezark, while Linda Fargo, Lucky Blue Smith, Pierre-Yves Roussel, Gianvito Rossi, Tommy Hilfiger, Marco Bizzarri, Justin O'Shea and Veronika Heilbrunner filled Berners Tavern with an upbeat and communal energy.

Designers Christopher Kane, Roksanda Ilincic, Peter Pilotto, Burberry's Christopher Bailey, Gareth Pugh, Simone Rocha, Henry Holland and Mary Katrantzou, who had just presented their Spring/Summer 2016 collections at London Fashion Week also attended.

Post-dinner entertainment kicked off with DJ sets from Mademoiselle Yulia, Sink the Pink and Alpines. Dancers from the House of Lady Di jumped on the tables for some live vogueing, before guests filled the basement for a live performance by British singer-songwriter Shura.

To explore the #BoF500, a list of the most influential people shaping the global fashion industry, click hereTo order copies of BoF's third annual #BoF500 special print edition — examining the theme of 'Reinvention' and featuring stories on Marco Bizzarri of Gucci, Carine Roitfeld, Alexander Wang and more — visit

Alexa Chung, Imran Amed and Liu Wen | Photo: Dave Bennett

Dee Hilfiger, Elizabeth Saltzman and Tory Burch | Photo: Dave Bennett

Federico Marchetti | Photo: Dave Bennett

Linda Fargo and Gianvito Rossi | Photo: Dave Bennett

Marco Bizzarri, Alexa Chung and Stuart Miller | Photo: Dave Bennett

Lucky Blue Smith | Photo: Dave Bennett

Liu Wen | Photo: Dave Bennett

Neil Barrett and Imran Amed | Photo: Dave Bennett

Natalie Massenet, Dee Hilfiger and Elizabeth Saltzman | Photo: Dave Bennett

Nicola Formichetti and Renzo Rosso | Photo: Dave Bennett

Roksanda Ilincic | Photo: Dave Bennett

Suzy Menkes | Photo: Dave Bennett

Tim Blanks | Photo: Dave Bennett

Ruth and Tom Chapman | Photo: Dave Bennett

Veronika Heilbrunner and Justin O'Shea | Photo: Dave Bennett

Yoon Ambush and Susie Bubble | Photo: Dave Bennett

Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos | Photo: Dave Bennett

Jonathan Newhouse and Imran Amed | Photo: Samir Hussein

Dee and Tommy Hilfiger | Photo: Dave Bennett

Christopher Bailey and Christopher Kane | Photo: Samir Hussein

Edgardo Osorio and Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz | Photo: Dave Bennett

Gareth Pugh and Henry Holland | Photo: Dave Bennett

Glenda Bailey | Photo: Dave Bennett

Leigh Lezark | Photo: Dave Bennett

Mademoiselle Yulia | Photo: Dave Bennett

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