Virgil Abloh
by Stephen Garner
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Virgil Abloh at the 2017 British Fashion Awards

On Tuesday, October 23, Stephanie Phair, chairman of the British Fashion Council (BFC), Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board and Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council have announced the nominations for The Fashion Awards 2018 in partnership with Swarovski at a press screening at Soho House, 76 Dean Street, London.

The Fashion Awards in partnership with Swarovski recognize creativity and innovation in fashion, celebrating exceptional individuals whose imagination and creativity has broken new ground in fashion globally over the past 12 months as well as brands and businesses that have transformed the possibilities of fashion today.

Craig Green, Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson, Kim Jones for Dior Homme, Martine Rose, and Riccardo Tisci for Burberry are up for British Menswear Designer of the Year. Meanwhile, Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson, Roksanda Ilinčić for Roksanda, Simone Rocha, and Victoria Beckham are nominated for the British Womenswear Designer of the Year.

Cottweiler, Art School, Kiko Kostadinov, Phoebe English, and A-Cold-Wall* are up for the British Emerging Talent in Menswear award. And, Alyx, Marine Serre, Off-White, Palace, and Supreme are up for the Urban Luxe Brand. While Balenciaga, Burberry, Gucci, Off-White, and Prada are nominated for Brand of the Year.

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Jonathan Anderson

Additionally, Jonathan Akeroyd for Versace, José Neves for Farfetch, Marco Bizzarri for Gucci, Marco Gobbetti for Burberry, and Michael Burke for Louis Vuitton are up for Business Leader of the Year. And, Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, Kim Jones for Dior Homme, Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino, and Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton will battle it out for Designer of the Year.

And, this year, for the first time, The Fashion Awards 2018, will celebrate the global community of young creative talent by recognizing 100 of the most innovative and inspiring young creative talents from around the world via a new element to the awards; NEW WAVE: Creatives. The 2000 members of the international fashion community that make up the Fashion Awards Voting Panel, were asked to nominate those they believe to be the best young creative talent of today. Shining a light on this year’s emerging visionaries, NEW WAVE: Creatives will include trailblazers from image-makers, hair and makeup artists, set designers, creative directors, models, digital influencers and stylists. The final list will encompass 100 names and will include some of fashion’s most exciting and forward-thinking young professionals.

The winners of each category will be announced on Monday, December 10 at The Fashion Awards 2018 in partnership with Swarovski at the Royal Albert Hall, during a ceremony attended by 4,000 guests.