The Fashion Awards are back and bigger than ever. Oh, haven’t heard of them? Well, perhaps that’s because, in order to emphasize London’s international fashion power, as well as the global scope of the ceremony, the British Fashion Council has this year renamed the British Fashion Awards. And today, the the nominees for the 2016 honors have been announced.
There aren’t really any surprises here—last year’s Emerging Designer winner Grace Wales Bonner has been nominated for British Menswear Designer alongside Craig Green, Tom Ford, Dame Vivienne Westwood, and Jonathan Anderson for J.W.Anderson. Along with Anya Hindmarch, Mulberry’s Johnny Coca, Jonathan Anderson for Loewe, and Coach’s Stuart Vevers, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele is up for International Accessories Designer, because obviously.
Christopher Kane earned two nominations (British Womenswear Designer and British Brand), which is a great way to celebrate his 10-year anniversary. Anderson received four nominations in both domestic and international categories for his work on J.W.Anderson and Loewe, and Demna Gvasalia, too, pulled double-name duty, with Balenciaga and Vetements earning nominations. Meanwhile, the hotly debated Insta-models Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Gigi Hadid are all up against one another for International Model. Lineisy Montero and Adwoa Aboah are up for that honor, too. The full list of nominees can be seen here.
So what was the criteria for the nominations? Expert opinion. Fifteen hundred members of the fashion industry voted for their choices in each category, and the most popular five for each were nominated. Winners will be revealed during a ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall on December 5th. This year will also marks the inaugural annual fundraiser gala for the BFC Education Foundation, which will offer university scholarships and help fund apprenticeships.