The Fashion Awards gala, the biggest night on the British fashion calendar, is taking place on Monday at London’s Royal Albert Hall. It recognizes and celebrates what members of the local, and international, fashion industry have achieved over the past year.
The big prizes on the night are the Designer of the Year Award and the BFC Foundation Award, which is dedicated to emerging talent.
The nominees for the Designer of the Year Award include Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia; Loewe creative director and JW Anderson founder Jonathan Anderson; Dior artistic director of men’s and Fendi’s artistic director of haute couture, ready-to-wear and fur collections for women Kim Jones; Prada co-creative directors Miuccia Prada, and Raf Simons, and Daniel Lee, who parted ways with Bottega Veneta earlier this month.
The British Fashion Council said that Michele made strides in the past year: He presented Gucci’s Aria and Love Parade collections, launched Vault by Gucci, and opened the Gucci Garden Archetypes exhibit and the Gucci Archive in Florence. The organization said that he continues “to expand the scope of what a traditional luxury fashion brand should be.”
The Trailblazer Award was introduced at The Fashion Awards in 2018, and is one of the Special Recognition awards, recognizing innovators and creatives in fashion “whose work in the past year has been a game-changer and has significantly shaped the industry.”
The remainder of the ceremony will highlight 15 Leaders of Change across three sectors: Environment, People and Creativity.