In something of a democratic move, the British Fashion Council revealed a new award category among its Fashion Awards 2019. Voted for by designers for their fellow favourite designers, the peer-to-peer nominations give the rest of us a chance to see just exactly what London’s designers think about one another and the fashion landscape right now – who do they rate? And who are they scared of?
Well, it may come as no surprise to see Christopher Kane and Jonathan Anderson among the list – they are London’s noted wunderkinder, after all. Simone Rocha, a darling among fashion press and buyers, also made the list – while surprise nods came in the shape of Roksanda Ilincic for her brand Roksanda and Margaret Howell, a brand typically known for its blend of subtle, understated and easy dressing.
The launch of the award coincided with a new BFC Membership Programme, which was created in order to encourage collaboration within the fashion eco-system at a time when the industry is making conscious efforts to be positive in all facets.
The call to action was launched by Gucci’s Marco Bizzarri on October 19th with an open letter to chief executives urging them to join the fight against climate change and take steps to reduce their greenhouse emissions.