Unveiled at a summer drinks party at the St Martin’s Lane Hotel, the awards honour “inspirational and innovative individuals and businesses” who are pushing the boundaries on a global scale, and features 20 fashion design and retail categories including best designer for women’s and menswear, best design teams in womenswear, menswear, footwear and accessories, kidswear, denim, and sportswear, as well as awards for best store, e-store, multi-channel retailer, and buying.
Beckham might not have been nominated for the top prize this year, but her growing empire was recognised in the Denim Design Team category as Victoria Beckham Denim takes on established denim names G-Star Raw, A G Jeans, Hudson and MiH.
One of the hotly contested awards is the Womenswear Design Team, which sees last year’s winner Topshop up against H&M’s new brand & Other Stories, Kmart Australia, Peter Alexander and Closed.
Raf Simons and Erdem nominated for WGSN Global Fashion Awards
There is also an internal battle for the Best Buying Team accolade as sister companies Net-a-Porter.com and MrPorter.com have been nominated alongside Russia’s Podium Market and Opening Ceremony.
Oliver Spencer, Dries Van Noten, Christophe Lemaire and Meadham Kirchhoff are nominated for the Menswear Designer Award, won by Kim Jones of Louis Vuitton in 2012, whilst the winner of Footwear and Accessories Designer, will be either one of Sophie Hulme, Edgardo Osorio of Aquazurra, Nicholas Kirkwood or Christian Louboutin, who will take over the crown from last year’s winner Charlotte Olympia.
Harrods is once again nominated for the Best Store award, last year the luxury department store was beaten by Mexican fashion retailer El Palacio de Hierro, this year they are up against Colette in Paris, Evoluzione in Delhi, Kate Spade in New York, and Tsvetnoy Central Market in Moscow.
Best Multi-Channel Retailer will be fought out between Topshop, Warby Parker, Piperlime, Saks Fifth Avenue and British department store chain John Lewis, while E-Store nominations include TheOutnet, Luisa Via Roma, Zappos, Lyst and Dafiti.
Other award winners, to be announced at the fourth annual WGSN Global Fashion Awards will be for the prestigious Hall of Fame, Future Designers Award and the Woman Award, which will be given to either Livia Firth, Salma Hayek, Charlize Theron or Christy Turlington for being a “humanitarian style icon”.
WGSN’s Lauretta Roberts said: “This is a very strong shortlist which includes some of the world’s most exciting talent. We have representatives from every continent and had the highest number of entries in the event’s four-year history.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing who wins these prizes. Whoever they are will be truly able to lay claim to being the best in the world. My personal highlight will be the big reveal of our really exciting Hall of Fame winner but we’re not saying who that is just yet!”
This year’s winners will be announced at an award ceremony taking place at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on October 30, and will be decided by a judging panel consisting of some of the most prominent and influential individuals in the fashion and style industry from around the world.
Image: Dior Haute Couture AW13