What do Bella Hadid, Stella McCartney and Self Portrait have in common? No, that is not a value judgment on our part. Self Portrait is an emerging label sharing the Fashion Awards 2016 spotlight with Hadid, McCartney and many other luminaries. Each has been nominated for an award, which will be presented to winners December 5.
The British Fashion Council has revealed the nominations for the prestigious awards ceremony, which features nine different categories focusing on both British and international talent. These consist of British Emerging Talent, British Menswear Designer, British Womenswear Designer, British Brand, International Business Leader, International Urban Luxury Brand, International Model, International Accessories Designer and International Ready-to-Wear Designer. The nominees for four additional international special recognition awards are yet to be announced.
The list of nominees, which was voted for by 1,500 key members of the fashion industry earlier this year, covers rising stars such as the fledgling label Self Portrait, shortlisted in the British Emerging Talent category, alongside established heavyweight designers such as Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and Donatella Versace, both up for the title of International Ready-to-Wear Designer. You can read more about Self Portrait over at L’Officiel Malaysia, which has a lovely piece on this subject.
Other highlights include Grace Wales Bonner, who hit star status earlier this year when her brand Wales Bonner won the LVMH Young Fashion Designer 2016 award, and the French collective Vetements, which has made waves in the industry for its unconventional approach to statement fashion.
Held annually in London, the Fashion Awards have become one of the most important dates in the fashion calendar, celebrating the best of the industry’s talent. Last year’s big winners included the designer Tom Ford, who won the “Red Carpet” category, Jourdan Dunn, who took home the trophy in the “Model” category, and the fashion mogul Karl Lagerfeld, who was presented with the gong for “Outstanding Achievement”.
This year’s Fashion Awards, held in partnership with Swarovski, will act as a fundraiser gala for the British Fashion Council Education Foundation charity, which offers scholarships to prospective students at the UK’s top fashion universities and offers funding for apprenticeships to develop much-needed industry skills. The winners will be announced during a ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall on December 5, 2016. For a full list of nominees, see the Fashion Awards website.