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British Fashion Council unveils 2017 Fashion Awards nominees

By Danielle Wightman-Stone

Oct 24, 2017


Jonathan Anderson leads nominations for the British Fashion Council’s 2017 Fashion Awards with four nominations, alongside Farfetch founder José Neves, Rihanna, and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele.

Anderson was nominated for the four key design categories, British Designer of the Year for both Menswear and Womenswear for his JW Anderson label, as well as Accessories Designer of the Year and Designer of the Year for his creative director role over at Loewe, where he is up against Gucci’s Alessandro Michele.

Other nominations included Rihanna’s Fenty collaboration with Puma for Urban Luxe Brand, up against Vetements and Off-White, while Farfetch founder José Neves has been shortlisted as Business Leader alongside Marco Bizzarri for Gucci, and Ruth and Tom Chapman for Matchesfashion.com.

The awards, which will take place on December 4 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, also honours emerging British talent, where Henry Holland for House of Holland was shortlisted alongside Charles Jeffrey Loverly and Phoebe English for British Emerging Talent - Menswear. For the Womenswear category Fashion East star Matty Bovan is up against Rejina Pyo.

Jonathan Anderson receives four Fashion Award nominations

There weren’t many surprise nominations across the British design categories, with nominations for Christopher Kane, Erdem Moralioglu, Roksanda Ilincic and Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, alongside Anderson for British Designer of the Year - Womenswear. The only surprise is that Christopher Bailey wasn’t shortlisted for womenswear, however, he did receive a nod for his menswear alongside Craig Green, Grace Wales Bonner, Martine Rose, and Anderson for British Designer of the Year - Menswear.

The award nominations were announced by British Fashion Council’s chair Dame Natalie Massenet and chief executive Caroline Rush and Nadja Swarovski, executive board member at main sponsor Swarovski, at a press call at Soho House where they presented a video created by Robin Derrick and Spring Studios.

“I would like to congratulate all the nominees of The Fashion Awards 2017 in partnership with Swarovski,” said Massenet. “These designers and brands were chosen from hundreds of international names and they represent the most creative talent and innovative businesses of the year.”

Swarovski added: “These fantastic talents represent the very best of the global industry. We are excited to welcome the fashion world to London for the Awards in December, which will once again raise funds for the next generation of talent via the BFC’s Education Foundation.

“Young designers are the heartbeat of our business, and it is up to all of us to foster and champion their vision.”

The full list of British Fashion 2017 nominees are:

British Emerging Talent – Menswear

Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty for Cottweiler
Charles Jeffrey for Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY
Henry Holland for House of Holland
Phoebe English for Phoebe English MAN
Samuel Ross for A-COLD-WALL*

British Emerging Talent – Womenswear

Faustine Steinmetz for Faustine Steinmetz
Matty Bovan for Matty Bovan
Michael Halpern for Halpern
Natalia Alaverdian for A.W.A.K.E
Rejina Pyo for Rejina Pyo

Business Leader

Adrian Joffe for Dover Street Market
Guram Gvasalia for Vetements
José Neves for Farfetch
Marco Bizzarri for Gucci
Ruth and Tom Chapman for matchesfashion.com

Model of the Year

Adwoa Aboah
Bella Hadid
Gigi Hadid
Kaia Gerber
Winnie Harlow

Urban Luxe Brand

FENTY PUMA by Rihanna
Gosha Rubchinskiy

Accessories Designer of the Year

Alessandro Michele for Gucci
Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent
Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga
Jonathan Anderson for Loewe
Stuart Vevers for Coach

British Designer of the Year – Menswear

Christopher Bailey for Burberry
Craig Green for Craig Green
Grace Wales Bonner for WALES BONNER
Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson
Martine Rose for Martine Rose

British Designer of the Year – Womenswear

Christopher Kane for Christopher Kane
Erdem Moralioglu for Erdem
Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson
Roksanda Ilincic for Roksanda
Sarah Burton OBE for Alexander McQueen

Designer of the Year

Alessandro Michele for Gucci
Jonathan Anderson for Loewe
Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior
Phoebe Philo for Céline
Raf Simons for Calvin Klein

The Fashion Awards are voted by 2000 key industry figures representing media, retail, communications and creative disciplines such as photography, art direction, set design and production across 38 countries.

Additional awards will be celebrated on the night, recognising career milestones for individuals, with the recipients of these awards announced in November.

The event also acts as a fundraiser for the BFC Education Foundation, raising money to nurture future generations of fashion talent by funding scholarships to talented young people to study at the best universities as well as opportunities to fund apprenticeships to develop much-needed industry skills.

Image: courtesy of British Fashion Council

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