The Fashion Awards nominations for 2018 have been announced this morning, with major nods going to the most high-profile designer debuts of the year.
Previously named The British Fashion Awards, the ceremony is one of the most prestigious in style circles and commends the most influential designers and brands of the year.
Virgil Abloh tops the nominations list for his work with both Off-White and Louis Vuitton, where he’s nominated as ‘Designer of the Year’. Off-White is shortlisted for both ‘Brand of the Year’ and in the ‘Urban Luxe’ category.
Joining Virgil’s brand in the ‘Urban Luxe’ category is Palace, Supreme, Alyx and Marine Serre.
A-COLD-WALL* designer Samuel Ross is also rewarded for his ever-growing influence with a nomination in the ‘British Emerging Talent Menswear’ category.
The awards, which were rebranded as the Fashion Awards in 2016 and relocated to the Royal Albert Hall from the much smaller Coliseum venue in London, act as a major fundraising event for the not-for-profit BFC. Whereas it was previously an invite-only event, members of the public are now invited to purchase tickets to attend the ceremony, which was devised by the then-chair Dame Natalie Massenet to rival the Met Gala.
Her successor, Stephanie Phair, said today: “I would like to congratulate all the nominees … Each and every one of them is being recognised for their creative excellence and innovation. I look forward to celebrating them alongside the rest of the industry from across the globe.”
Tickets for the awards are available here. Priced at £50
The full list of nominees is below.
Brand of the Year: Balenciaga, Burberry, Gucci, Off-White, Prada
Urban Luxe: Alyx, Palace, Marine Serre, Off-White, Supreme
British Emerging Talent Menswear: Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty for COTTWEILER, Eden Loweth & Tom Barratt for ART SCHOOL, Kiko Kostadinov for Kiko Kostadinov, Phoebe English for PHOEBE ENGLISH, Samuel Ross for A-COLD-WALL*
Accessories Designer of the Year: Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga, Jonathan Anderson for LOEWE, Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior, Miuccia Prada for Prada
British Designer of the Year Menswear: Craig Green for CRAIG GREEN, Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson, Kim Jones for Dior Homme, Martine Rose for Martine Rose, Riccardo Tisci for Burberry
British Designer of the Year Womenswear: Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson, Roksanda Ilinčić for ROKSANDA, Simone Rocha for Simone Rocha, Victoria Beckham for VICTORIA BECKHAM
British Emerging Talent Womenswear: Matty Bovan for Matty Bovan, Natalia Alaverdian for A.W.A.K.E., Rejina Pyo for REJINA PYO, Richard Quinn for Richard Quinn, Sofia Prantera for ARIES
Business Leader: Jonathan Akeroyd for VERSACE, José Neves for FARFETCH, Marco Bizzarri for Gucci, Marco Gobbetti for Burberry, Michael Burke for Louis Vuitton
Designer of the Year: Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, Kim Jones for Dior Homme, Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino, Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton
Model of the Year: Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, Bella Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Winnie Harlow