FASHION INDUSTRY | Who Will Be Named Model Of The Year?

The British Fashion Council has announced the nominations for the 2019 Fashion Awards, with model Adut Akech and designer Daniel Lee of Bottega Veneta among those recognized.

The awards recognize “exceptional individuals whose imagination and creativity has broken new ground in fashion” in the fashion industry, a British Fashion Council (BFC) press release stated. The winner will be declared during a ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall on December 2.

Two winners have already been announced. In June, Naomi Campbell was named as the recipient of the Fashion Icon Award, with BFC chief executive Caroline Rush saying in a statement, “Naomi represents female empowerment, activism and glamor and her voice is used for great impact”.

The BFC revealed last month that Giorgio Armani would receive the Outstanding Achievement Award. “Renowned for his timeless vision of style and the brands’ ability to stay relevant, he has led the way where other brands have followed”, Rush said.

Alongside Akech, Adesuwa Aighewi, Adowa Aboah, Winnie Harlow and Kaia Gerber have been nominated for the model of the year at the 2019 awards. The BFC announced last month that Aboah would also continue as the council’s Ambassador for Positive Fashion for another  year, after focusing on diversity in the industry as well as models’ wellbeing during her first year in the role.

Bottega Veneta, Jaquemus, Gucci, Loewe and Prada have been nominated for brand of the year, while in the designer of the year category, Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, Jonathan Anderson of JW Anderson and Lowe, Prada’s Miuccia Prada and Kim Jones of Dior Men are in the running.

British designer Jones and Lee, both graduates of London’s Central Saint Martins, are relatively new to their roles, both appointed to critical hype in 2018. Both designers have also been nominated in multiple categories: Lee in the British womenswear designer category, Jones for best British menswear designer, and both for best accessories designer.

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