British names including Sophia Webster, Hannah Weiland of Shrimps, and
Christopher Shannon, as well as UK retailers Karen Millen, Jigsaw and
Debenhams have all been shortlisted at the 2015 WGSN Global Fashion Awards.
The awards, which honour “inspirational and innovative individuals and
businesses” who are pushing the boundaries on a global scale, span across
19 fashion design, buying and retail categories, with nominees for
Breakthrough Talent, Design & Buying Innovation and Retail & Digital
Innovation announced by model Amber Le Bon at The Park Lane Hotel in
London Fashion Week favourite Sophia Webster is nominated for
Breakthrough Footwear & Accessories Designer, up against tough competition
from British fluffy accessories designer Charlotte Simone, Rachel Mansur
and Floriana Gavriel from Mansur Gavriel and Hong Kong designer Yaling Liu
British designer Hannah Weiland of Shrimps is nominated alongside
Brazilian Barbara Casasola, Australian Celeste Tesoriero and Russian
designer Olga Vilshenko of Vilshenko for the Catrice Cosmetics Breakthrough
Womenswear Designer award, while British-based designers Christopher
Shannon, Agi & Sam and Serdar Uzuntas dominate proceedings for the
Breakthrough Menswear Designer award, up against Russian designer Gosha
The final category for breakthrough talent is Emerging Brand, which is
an all British-based affair with Liam Hodges nominated alongside Faustine
Steinmetz, Lily Kamper, and Marques’Almeida.
WGSN Global Fashion Awards unveils international shortlist
Nominations for retailers include Karen Millen, who recently celebrated
the re-launch of its boutique network in the UK and US, will vie for Best
Store against Jigsaw, Level Shoe District and Debenhams, while Farfetch,
Koolfly, Joker’s Closet and Covetique are all shortlisted for Best E-Store.
Topshop is up against Primark in the Best Digital Innovation category
alongside Mexican store El Palacio de Hierro and Polish Geekgoeschic.co,
while Primark gets its second nomination for Best New Retail Concept in
Germany against Saks Fifth Avenue, The Monki World Friedrichstrasse-Berlin,
and Kate Spade’s Houston flagship.
Nominations for design and buying includes the Womenswear Design Award
which sees newcomer Finery London nominated alongside Whistles, Equipment
and US brand Madewell, while Menswear Designer will be fought out between
Tiger of Sweden, Smith-Wykes, Lou Dalton, and Hancock. Another hotly
contested award will be for Design Denim which sees Nudie Jeans up against
Diesel, Kings of Indigo and AG Denim.
Other notable nominees include Matchesfashion.com shortlisted alongside
Colette, S*uce and the Sanahunt Luxury Concept Store for Multi-Brand Offer;
Hunter Boots takes on Adidas Originals, Gandys, and Acne Studios for the
Footwear & Accessories Design; and the popular H&M x Alexander Wang has
been shortlisted with Marques’ Almeida x Topshop, Gandys x Liberty London
and Ruthie Davis (Heart) x John Bartlett for Designer Collaboration.
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The shortlist will now be judged by a panel of experts including
Michael Herz, artistic director at Diane von Furstenberg, Caroline
Burstein, creative director at Browns, and Kristina Szasz, creative
director of denim at Karl Lagerfeld. Winners will be announced on May 14 at
a ceremony held at The Park Lane Hotel.
Previous winners at the WGSN Awards have included Christopher Bailey,
Nicholas Kirkwood, Net-A-Porter.com, Erdem, Karl Lagerfeld, Topshop and