The event is bound to be a sparkling occasion, what with it the partner of the night being Swarovski and all. There will be two special awards presented on the evening of the British Fashion Council Awards, the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator and the BFC Outstanding Achievement Award. Now for a closer look at who might be nabbing this year’s trophies.
Paula Gerbase, founder and designer of 1205, design’s focus on the elegance yet quality and geometry of the cut, fabric and proportions of her pieces. Starched collars contrast with bellowing volumes of fabric, whilst the designs continuingly refuse to distinguish a clear line between male and female attire. This emerging womenswear designer puts a masculine wash over naturally feminine fabrics.
Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida of Marques’Almeida provide effortlessly distressed denim for women everywhere. It comes in trousers, shirts and jackets, anyway you want it, with frayed edges, with a metallic sheen, worn with sheer camisoles like the SS15 collection, or draped with a fur backpack like this AW14 pieces. Either way, Marques’Almeida’s, highlighted as emerging womenswear designers, provide staple items for a woman’s wardrobe.
Thomas Tait is known for being the youngest designer to graduate from Central Saint Martins MA Course. His SS15 collection did not just consist of an array of pieces being sent down a catwalk, but it was as if the models were walking straight out of the backdrop. With razor-sharp tailoring and an assortment of slinky and see through fabrics, Thomas Tait is emerging as a strong womenswear designer, clearly noted by this nomination.
Astrid Andersen provides menswear with a casual and sporty aesthetic at its forefront. The designs are set to conform to typical masculine norms combined with constant hip-hop themes and street attitudes, yet play with femininity with the choices of fabrics and colours. Comfort is the ultimate design and styling signature for this emerging menswear designer.
Craig Green’s designs have a strong emphasis on masculinity and craftsmanship, budding form his love for building and creating pieces by hand. The models walking in his SS15 collection at London Fashion Week wore layers of soft fabrics whilst maintaining a strong masculine attitude. This emerging menswear nominee is keen to continue keeping a balance between concept and quality in his work.
Third nominee, Lee Roach, designs menswear with a cutting edge. There is a focus on keeping his pieces as pure as they could be, he emphasises the purity of the cut in order to keep designs minimal and sleek. Keeping his colour palette neutral for his SS15 collection, black, navy and white, it left a clear canvas for embracing the polished technique used by this emerging menswear designer.
Other nominations include Fernando Jorge, Prism and Yunus & Eliza for Emerging Accessory Designer. Anya Hindmarch, Charlotte Olympia and Nicholas Kirkwood are nominated for Accessory Designer.
Emilia Wickstead, Peter Pilotto and Simone Rocha for New Establishment Designer and Establishment Designer nominations are for Margaret Howell, Preen and Roland Mouret.
With Womenswear Designer nominee places being taken by Christopher Kane, Erdem and J.W. Anderson. Followed by Christopher Bailey for Burberry, J.W. Andersen, Paul Smith and Tom Ford being nominated for the Menswear Designer award.
Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent, Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton and Raf Simons occupy International Designer nominee places.
Brand nominations are for Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham.
Nominations for the best Creative Campaign are for Lanvin, Louis Vuitton and Vivenne Westwood.
With the awards taking place so soon, most tickets for the event have sold out. However there are some still available, go to British Fashion Awards for tickets and the chance to see who takes the titles first hand!
Words: Eliza Frost