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The British Fashion Awards 2017

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British Emerging Talent – Womenswear nominee Michael Halpern

The annual British Fashion Awards return to the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 4th December, attracting top models, designers and fashion business movers and shakers like moths to a couture flame. The event is designed to recognise the labels and individuals who have made a difference in the fashion industry in 2016 – 2017 – and there’s an emerging talent category (for menswear and women's), which we’re very happy about. Natalie Massenet, Chairwoman of The British Fashion Council and Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of The British Fashion Council, revealed the shortlist of nominees last month and, although there are some fairly predictable nominations, there are some shining new stars too.

British Emerging Talent – Womenswear nominee Rejina Pyo

J W Anderson is probably the biggest winner on the nominations front with his work on both his eponymous label and that of fashion house Loewe gaining him a gob-smacking 4 nominations in different categories. These include British Designer of The Year where he is alongside fashion heavyweights Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and Erdem Moralioglu, for Erdem.

British Emerging Talent – Womenswear nominee Matty Bovan

The Hadids x 2 are obviously nominated in the Model of the Year category – cheekbones for days – and Adwoa Aboah continues her reign as muse of the moment with her own nomination (you can currently see her on the front cover of Edward Enninful’s first Vogue).

British Emerging Talent – Womenswear nominee Faustine Steinmetz

We would – obviously – like to see a wider selection of categories that recognise and support newer talents. However, it is cheering to see the likes of Matty Bovan, Michael Halpern and Natalia Alaverdian named on such a very public global stage as British Emerging Talent. There’s always less of a feel of the fashion industry patting itself on the back when nominees aren't just recycling the same old (if very high profile and admirable) insider names. And, as sponsor Nadja Swarovski said, “Young designers are the heartbeat of our business, and it is up to all of us to foster and champion their vision.” We wholeheartedly agree.

 Natalia Alaverdian for Awake

British Emerging Talent – Womenswear nominee Natalia Alaverdian for Awake

Nominations in full are;

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 J.W.Anderson 
Martine Rose for Martine Rose

British Designer of the Year – Womenswear
Christopher Kane for Christopher Kane 
Erdem Moralioglu for Erdem 
Jonathan Anderson for J.W.Anderson 
Roksanda Ilincic for Roksanda
Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

British Emerging Talent – Menswear (including accessories)
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 (including accessories)
Faustine Steinmetz for Faustine Steinmetz
Matty Bovan for Faustine Steinmetz
Michael Halpern for Halpern
Natalia Alaverdian for Awake
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
Tom and Ruth Chapman for

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

Model of the Year
Adwoa Aboah 
Bella Hadid 
Gigi Hadid
Kaia Gerber
Winnie Harlow

Urban Luxury Brand
Fenty Puma by Rihanna
Gosha Rubchinskiy

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