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The British Fashion Awards 2007 – Nominees




The British Fashion Awards 2007

sponsored by Swarovski




The British Fashion Council (BFC) today announces the nominees for the 2007 British Fashion Awards sponsored by Swarovski.  The winners will be celebrated at a dinner held at the Lawrence Hall, Westminster on Tuesday 27th November 2007.  The event recognises the strength of British fashion and the key role it plays within a highly competitive global market. 



The nominees in nine of the ten categories have been compiled by the BFC’s Press Committee which is chaired by Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue. The winners will be decided by an invited panel of judges comprising leading press, buyers and industry figures.  



This year, in recognition of an outstanding career identifying, nurturing and championing British creative talent, the award for fashion creator has been dedicated to the late Isabella Blow and will be known as the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator.  In addition to this the BFC announces its BFC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design, which recognises a figure who has made an impact on the industry internationally, throughout their career, judged by a committee of international fashion industry influencers.   Only the winner for this award will be announced.



For the second year the BFC Fashion Enterprise Award sponsored by Swarovski will give £50,000 to a developing designer who is currently showing at London Fashion Week.  The nominees must have been in business for a minimum of three years, have received New Generation funding in the last three years or be at a similar stage in their business.  Applications for this award are open until 19th October 2007.  Only the winner of this award will be announced.



Nominees in the other categories are:



DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – A leading British designer of couture, ready-to-wear, knitwear or accessories who has directed the shape of fashion in the past year both in the UK and internationally.

Nominees – Anya Hindmarch , Luella Bartley, Stella McCartney



NEW DESIGNER – An innovative and directional designer who, in the past year, has emerged as an influential force in British fashion. 

Nominees – Christopher Kane, Gareth Pugh, Marios Schwab



BEST NEW RETAIL CONCEPT – A new or established retailer offering a new concept to the UK in the past year.

Nominees – The Shop at Bluebird, Dover Street Market, Marc Jacobs



MODEL – A British model who has contributed most to the international fashion scene in the past year.

Nominees – Agyness Deyn, Lily Cole, Irina



ISABELLA BLOW AWARD FOR FASHION CREATOR – A British stylist, make-up artist, photographer, art director or producer whose creativity has been a major inspiration and influence in the past year.

Nominees – Mert and Marcus, Michael Howells, Terry Jones



RED CARPET DESIGNER – A leading British designer of couture or ready-to-wear cocktail or eveningwear that has gained exposure at ‘red carpet’ events worldwide in the past year.

Nominees – Giles Deacon, Marchesa, Stella McCartney



MENSWEAR DESIGNER – A leading British designer of ready-to-wear and bespoke tailoring who has been instrumental in enhancing men’s fashion in the past year.

Nominees – Christopher Bailey for Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Cassette Playa



ACCESSORY DESIGNER – The leading British designer of shoes, jewellery, millinery or accessories within the past year.

Nominees –Anya Hindmarch, Rupert Sanderson, Tom Binns




Hilary Riva, Chief Executive of the BFC commented: “The Awards give recognition to some of the most influential people at the apex of a vast commercial industry and highlight the wealth of talent that originates from our country and our colleges.  I would like to thank Swarovski as headline sponsor for the British Fashion Awards 2007 and for their sponsorship of the BFC Fashion Enterprise Award which will significantly help to support one of our newer talents as they establish themselves.”



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