THE British Fashion Council has announced the nominees for its 2016 Fashion Awards, which each year recognise the achievements of industry forerunners in a select number of categories, to include designers, business leaders and models. The announcement was made by Dame Natalie Massenet, chairman of the BFC alongside Caroline Rush, the organisation’s CEO and Karlie Kloss, ambassador for Swarovski – the event’s main partner. The announcement was made at an exclusive event held at Soho House in LA.
Earlier in the year, 1500 of the fashion industry’s most authoritative figures – journalists, retailers, photographers, art directors, set designers or show producers to name but a few – put forward the names of individuals, or indeed brands, whose success they believe is particularly deserving of recognition over the past twelve months. Nominees represent the five names that received the most submissions in each category, which this year are the following:
British Emerging Talent: Alessandra Rich, Charles Jeffrey, Faustine Steinmetz, Molly Goddard, Self Portrait
British Menswear Designer: Craig Green for Craig Green, Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner, Jonathan Anderson for J.W.Anderson, Tom Ford for Tom Ford, Dame Vivienne Westwood for Vivienne Westwood
British Womenswear Designer: Christopher Kane for Christopher Kane, Jonathan Anderson for J.W. Anderson, Roksanda Ilincic for Roksanda, Sarah Burton OBE for Alexander McQueen, Simone Rocha for Simone Rocha
British Brand: Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Stella McCartney
International Business Leader: Adrian Joffe for Comme des Garçons & Dover Street Market, Christopher Bailey MBE for Burberry, Guram Gvasalia for Vetements, Marco Bizzarri for Gucci, Stefano Sassi for Valentino
International Urban Luxury Brand: Adidas, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Off-White, Palace, Vetements
International Model: Adwoa Aboah, Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Lineisy Montero
International Accessories Designer: Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Anya Hindmarch MBE for Anya Hindmarch, Johnny Coca for Mulberry, Jonathan Anderson for Loewe, Stuart Vevers for Coach
International Ready-to-Wear Designer: Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga, Donatella Versace for Versace, Jonathan Anderson for Loewe, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy
Recipients will be announced at a prestigious gala ceremony held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday 5th December, as will a small number of additional awards, acknowledging career milestones achieved by 4 particularly influential individuals, be presented on the night.
The evening’s proceeds will be donated to the BFC Education Foundation, which nurtures Britain’s young creatives by offering a select number of scholarships to some of the country’s most esteemed fashion colleges, with the intention of fostering the industry’s future leaders.
by Hannah Bergin