The nominees for the 2015 British Fashion Awards have been revealed today. As well as the familiar faces, there’s also a handful of fresh new talent in the running. Are your favourite British fashion figures in there? Here’s the low-down on the line-up:
From the beginning, Christopher Kane was recognised for his design talent – winning a selection of awards and gaining lots of media attention for his graduate collection, Kane launched his brand almost immediately. Known for his playful femininity with a touch of rebellion, Kane is a strong contender for the prize.
A fashion-pack favourite, the J.W. Anderson show is always one of the most anticipated shows at London Fashion Week. Loewe designer and head of his own label, J.W. Anderson is known for subverting and reinventing gender expectations – regarded as one of London’s most innovative designers.
After leaving the music industry behind, Victoria Beckham has successfully established a herself in fashion name-to-know. Her elegant designs are now known for their refined simplicity and frequently appear at red-carpet events.
Inspired by ‘old Hollywood glamour’ – Charlotte Olympia’s accessories are sophisticated with a signature kitch twist. Now design classics in their own right, Charlotte Olympia accessories now have a strong international presence.
With an array of awards already under her belt, Sophia Webster debuted her own collection in SS13 after working as design assistant to Nicholas Kirkwood and already has a number of iconic designs.
After starting her career in fashion as a model – Tabitha Simmons soon changed direction becoming a stylist and eventually footwear designer. Her designs are crafted by master cobblers in Italy and are known for use of exquisite materials and ornate details.
Also nominated for Womenswear Designer, Kane’s designs are favourites of Alexa Chung, Kate Hudson and Emma Watson.
Known for vivid prints and luxurious fabrics, Erdem Moralioglu’s designs are often seen on the red carpet, work by the likes of Kiera Knightly, Gwyneth Paltrow and Michelle Obama.
Graphic and colourful; Roksanda is often spotted at celebrity events, worn by Emma Stone, Cate Blanchett and Black Lively.
After spending 10 years as creative director at Gucci and Gucci Group – Tom Ford launched his own label in 2005. He has a large celebrity following including Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Beyoncé.
During his lifetime, Alexander McQueen had already established a globally iconic brand known for artistic innovation and rebellion. After his tragic death in 2010, Sarah Burton took over as creative director taking a much softer approach to the designs yet retaining the same sense of fantasy that McQueen was known for.
A London-born brand, Anya Hindmarch is now global and the only accessories brand to hold an on-schedule show at London Fashion Week. Known for her signature handbags, the brand has now extended into ready-to-wear.
Probably the biggest show at London Fashion Week, Burberry is recognised worldwide as the epitome of British fashion - with timeless pieces such as The Heritage Trench Coat.
Stella McCartney’s signature style is sharp tailoring with a soft, feminine edge. With her own brand and an on-going collaboration with Adidas – Stella McCartney is a lifelong vegetarian, an advocate for cruelty free fashion and doesn’t use and leather or fur in her designs.
Georgia May Jagger
She broke the industry 'ideals' as a gap-toothed beauty - Georgia brought an undeniable presence to the runway and the camera. With high powered editorial titles and power house brands behind her, including her own line with Mulberry, she's stormed the industry with her (inherently) rock and edgy style.
With covers for multiple renowned fashion magazines, Jourdan has landed every campiagn from Balmain and Burberry,to high street favourites Topshop and H&M. Appealing to everyone she is an all-rounder from fashion to beauty shoots.
After moving from Kenya with her mother, Malaika is now one of the hottest young models of the moment. With Burberry enlisting her for multiple campaigns as well as Prada and Valentino, her career is going from strength-to-strength.
EMERGING WOMENSWAER DESIGNERS
Supported by NEWGEN, The East London based brand recreate classic, wearable items – each fabric is created using a traditional handloom, solely created by one person.
Another NEWGEN designer – Molly Goddard’s delicate designs are often hand-crafted using traditional techniques such as crocheting and smoking.
At 22 Thomas Tait became the youngest student to get an MA in womenswear from CSM – he is now sponsored under the LVMH Prize for designers under 40.
EMERGING ACCESSORY DESIGNER
Designer Charlotte Beecham founded her label Charlotte.Simone after identifying a gap in the market for interesting scarves – the ‘fur hood’ has since become Charlotte.Simone’s signature piece.
The Brazillian-born jewellery designer creates his sculptural accessories using locally sourced gemstones and minerals to create elegant and modern pieces.
An ELLE Style Award winner Jordan Askill is not only known for his jewellery but also sculptures he creates to support the designs – using cutting-edge techniques such as 3D printing.
NEW ESTABLISHMENT DESIGNER
Menswear designer Craig Green’s designs have a strong utility feel. Supported by NEWGEN, Green is another CSM graduate.
Starting out as a made-to-measure atelier, Emilia has now branched out into seasonal ready-to-wear and is a former ELLE Style Awards winner.
Greek designer Mary Katrantzou’s partents worked in textile design with Mary following-suit. After graduating from CSM, Mary moved over to womenswear with a strong focus on print.
With 2 nominations this year – Erdem is also nominated for the Red Carpet award.
Minimal and functional, Margret Howell’s designs are wearable and relaxed – after starting out designing menswear, Margert soon learnt that her designs were also saught after by women, giving the clothing the boyish feel it has today.
After an accident prevented Paul from achieving his dreams of becoming a competitive cyclist he fell into fashion design. Now with 14 collections under his brand, he is known for putting a quirky British twist on traditional pieces.
Also nominated for the Brand award, Burberry’s AW15 campaign featured 12 young British actors, musicians and models, shot by Mario Testino.
The Céline campaign is minimal and low key with a diverse selection of fresh-faced girls, head-to-toe in Céline and photographed by Juergen Teller.
Featuring Versace designer, Donatella Versace – Donatella and Riccardo Tisci have been captured together in a black & white photograph by Mert & Marcus.