The shortlist for the WGSN Global Fashion Awards has been officially announced by Amber Le Bon at a central London event…

The Awards celebrate and reward what’s NEW and what’s NEXT in fashion from breakthrough design talent to innovation in design, buying, retail and etail. Judged by an elite panel of international experts and attracting entries from more than 50 countries, these are the only fashion awards to recognise achievement on a global scale.

Le Bon (pictured right) revealed the highly anticipated shortlist of nominees across 19 fashion design, buying and retail categories at the intimate event attended by WGSN delegates, the judges, sponsors and press including Paul Markevicius from www.fashioncapital.co.uk

London Fashion Week favorites Sophia Webster and Hannah Weiland of Shrimps, are nominated for Breakthrough Footwear & Accessories Designer and Catrice Cosmetics Breakthrough Womenswear Designer respectively. They are up against a stellar cast of international names with designers and brands from Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Russia, USA, UK and beyond.

Karen Millen, who recently celebrated the re-launch of its boutique network in the UK and US, will vie for Best Store against Jigsaw, Level Shoe District and Debenhams whilst Farfetch, Koolfly, Joker’s Closet and Covetique are all shortlisted for Best E-Store. The Womenswear Design Award sees newcomer Finery London nominated alongside Whistles, Equipment and US brand Madewell. 

The 2015 shortlist will now be judged by a panel of experts prior to the awards ceremony, including:

            Michael Herz, Artistic Director at Diane von Furstenberg 

            Eric Jennings, Vice President & Fashion Director at Saks Fifth Avenue 

            Kristina Szasz, Creative Director, Denim at Karl Lagerfeld 

            Jonathan Cheung, Global Head of Design at Levi Strauss & Co. 

            Mariano Vivanco, Fashion Photographer 

            Caroline Burstein, Creative Director at Browns 

            Tania Fares, Co-Chair of the BFC Fashion Trust 

            Angela Scanlon, London Fashion Weekend ambassador and Presenter 

The fifth awards ceremony will be celebrated in style at a star-studded gala ceremony at The Park Lane Hotel in London on 14 May.

The 2015 Nominees are:

Breakthrough Talent

Avery Dennison RBIS Emerging Brand

Faustine Steinmetz 

Lily Kamper 

Marques Almeida 

Liam Hodges 

Breakthrough Menswear Designer

Christopher Shannon 

Agape Mdumulla and Sam Cotton - Agi & Sam 

Serdar Uzuntas 

Gosha Rubchinskiy 

Catrice Breakthrough Womenswear Designer 

Hannah Weiland, Shrimps 

Celeste Tesoriero 

Barbara Casasola 

Olga Vilshenko, Vilshenko 

Breakthrough Footwear & Accessories Designer

Sophia Webster 

Rachel Mansur & Floriana Gavriel 

Mansur Gavriel 

Charlotte Simone 

Yaling Liu, Liuliushoes 

Design & Buying Innovation

Design Collaboration

Marques’ Almeida x Topshop 

H&M x Alexander Wang 

Gandys x Liberty London 

Ruthie Davis (Heart) x John Bartlett 

Footwear & Accessories Design

Acne Studios 


Adidas Originals 

Hunter Boots 

Intimates/Swimwear Design

La Fille d'O 

Hope Lingerie, Gisele Bündchen Intimates 

Pale Swimwear 

Tesco, F&F Lingerie 

Kidswear Design


Marks & Spencer 

Peter Alexande 

Tootsa MacGinty 

Menswear Design

Tiger of Sweden 


Lou Dalton 


Meryl Sport/Activewear design


Lexie Sport 

EleVen by Venus Williams 

The North Face 

Multi-­Brand Offer




Sanahunt Luxury Concept Store 

Sustainable Design


Rambler Social Venture 



Womenswear Design



Finery London 


ISKO Denim Design

Nudie Jeans 


Kings of Indigo 

AG Denim 

Retail & Digital Innovation 

Best Digital Innovation (New for 2015)


Primania, Primark 

El Palacio de Hierro 


Best New Retail Concept 

Primark Berlin 

Saks Fifth Avenue 

The Monki World Friedrichstrasse-­Berlin, Monki 

Houston Flagship, Kate Spade 

Best Store

Karen Millen

Duke Street Emporium, Jigsaw

Level Shoe District

Debenhams Oxford Street

Best e-­store (Pure Play)



Joker's Closet


Link to WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2015