British designers, creatives, and models are contributing and achieving more and more in regards to the international fashion scene. Since 1989, the British Fashion Council have celebrated this impressive feat through the annual British Fashion Awards. The British Fashion Council also organise London Fashion Week, which ranks alongside New York, Milan and Paris as one of the ‘Big Four’.
This year’s British Fashion Awards, which are in partnership with Swarovski, will take place at the London Coliseum on Monday 1st December. The awards will be hosted by British comedian, actor, author and television presenter, Jack Whitehall. The nominees and winners are voted for by members of the global fashion industry.
The Official Sponsors for the 2014 British Fashion Awards are American Express, Marks & Spencer, Mercedes Benz, Penhaligon’s and Rightster, and the Official Presenting Sponsors are Canon, MAC, Toni & Guy and Vodafone. The British Fashion Council have stated that they would also like to thank Fashion Monitor and Harrogate Spa.
The awards include two solely menswear categories. The nominees for emerging Menswear Designer are Astrid Andersen, Craig Green, and Lee Roach, and the nominees for Menswear Designer are Christopher Bailey for Burberry, J.W. Anderson, Paul Smith, and Tom Ford.
The nominees for Emerging Womenswear Designer are 1205, Marques’Almeida, and Thomas Tait, and the nominees for Womenswear Designer are Christopher Kane, Erdem, J.W. Anderson. Fernando Jorge and Prism.
Yunus & Eliza have been nominated for Emerging Accessory Designer, and Anya Hindmarch, Charlotte Olympia, and Nicholas Kirkwood have been nominated for Accessory Designer. The nominees for New Establishment Designer are Emilia Wickstead, Peter Pilotto, and Simone Rocha, while the nominees for Establishment Designer are Margaret Howell, Preen, and Roland Mouret.
There are some mammoth names on board. The nominees for International Designer are Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent, Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton, and Raf Simons. Alexander McQueen, Mary Katrantzou, and Roksanda have been nominated for Red Carpet Designer.
For Brand, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Victoria Beckham have been nominated. Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Sam Rollinson are the nominees for Model. Finally, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood are the nominees for Creative Campaign.
Other awards on the night include the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, which recognises a British stylist, make-up artist, photographer, art director or producer whose creativity has been a major inspiration and influence in the past year, and the BFC Outstanding Achievement award, which recognises someone whose work has had an exceptional impact on global fashion.
With appearances from Alexander McQueen, Cara Delevingne, and Victoria Beckham, this year’s British Fashion Awards are set to be bigger and better than ever before. We’ll certainly be counting down the days until the 1st December.