The nominations for Britain’s Fashion awards, which underwent an international makeover last year, have been announced. Model and Gurls Talk activist Adwoa Aboah is among the favourites to win model of the year – her honesty on mental health issues make her an apt poster girl given fashion’s current celebration of outspokenness.
She is nominated alongside the 16-year-old daughter of 90s supermodel Cindy Crawford, Kaia Gerber, who was spring/summer 2018’s breakout catwalk star, opening shows for Chanel, Alexander Wang and Fendi and walking in too many others to count. The Canadian model Winnie Harlow, an Ashish muse and former America’s Next Top Model contestant who suffers from vitiligo is also nominated, as are model sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid.
Fashion’s champion of geek chic and wizard of glam-rock Alessandro Michele has been nominated for designer of the year. He is up against the likes of Maria Grazia Chiuri, who made revolutionary women and female power central to her collection for Dior this season, and Raf Simons, who brought horror to the Calvin Klein catwalk, for the title.
Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, Craig Green and Grace Wales Bonner are among those battling it out for British menswear designer of the year. And, in the womenswear category, Christopher Kane goes up against the likes of Erdem Moralioğlu and Jonathan Anderson, both of whom have collaborated on collections with UK high street brands this year, for H&M and Uniqlo respectively.
Among the newcomers to the awards list are Fenty Puma by Rihanna and cult skate brand Supreme, both of which go up against Gosha Rubchinskiy, Off-White and Vetements in the urban luxe brand category.
The ceremony, formerly known as the British Fashion awards, will take place on 4 December at the Royal Albert Hall. They are intended to recognise creativity and innovation in fashion, as well as celebrate individuals who have broken new ground in the industry in the last year. They are voted on by 2,000 key fashion industry players across 38 countries, who work in fields ranging from photography to set design.
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