The British Fashion Council has revealed the nominees for the prestigious British Fashion Awards 2012.
The 11-category awards celebrate the design achievements of the major players in the UK fashion industry. The ceremony is taking place on the 27 November in London.
Stella McCartney, Mary Katrantzou and Christopher Kane are all up for the coveted Designer of the Year award, which was won by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen last year - who designed Kate Middleton’s wedding dress.
McCartney – who designed the Olympic kits for Team GB - is also nominated for the prestigious Designer Brand of the Year award, alongside Alexander McQueen, Burberry and Mulberry, which is awarded to the brand that has made the most impact in the world of fashion internationally.
She’s also the only designer to be nominated thrice as she’s hoping to retain her crown as Red Carpet fashion designer of the year, the award given to the designer who’s created awareness of their designs through red carpet dressing and the subsequent media coverage.
Kim Jones is hoping to hold onto his Menswear Fashion Designer of the Year award as he’s nominated for his work at Louis Vuitton over the past year.
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Dolce & Gabbana model David Gandy – who’s also the ex-boyfriend of Mollie King from The Saturdays – is vying for the Model of the Year award, fighting stiff competition from Burberry models Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn.
The Outstanding Achievement Award and the British Style Award for style icon of the year - which has been won by Alexa Chung for two years running – are voted for by the public.
"2012 has been a momentous year and seen a nationwide celebration of British talent," said Harold Tillman, chairman of the British Fashion Council.
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"The British Fashion Awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional individuals and brands who've defined out fashion industry over the past year and we're incredibly proud to announce these nominees who represent a cross section of British fashion talent."
The full list of nominees for the 2012 British Fashion Awards:
1. Emerging Talent Award – Ready-to-wear
An innovative and directional designer who is emerging as an influential force in British fashion in the ready-to-wear category.
Nominees: J.W. Anderson, Michael van der Ham, Simone Rocha
2. Emerging Talent Award – Accessories
An innovative and directional accessories designer who is emerging as an influential force in British fashion in the accessories category.
Nominees: Dominic Jones, Jordan Askill, Sophie Hulme
3. Emerging Talent Award – Menswear
An innovative and directional designer who is emerging as an influential force in British menswear ready-to-wear design.
Nominees: Agi & Sam, Jonathan Saunders, Lou Dalton
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A British model who has contributed most to the international fashion scene in the past year.
Nominees: Cara Delevingne, David Gandy, Jourdan Dunn
5. Designer Brand
A leading British-based designer brand that has excelled and made an impact on the international stage over the past year.
Nominees: Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Mulberry, Stella McCartney
6. 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: Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton, Oliver Spencer, Richard James
7. Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator
A British creative, stylist, make-up artist, photographer, art director or producer whose creativity has been a major inspiration and influence in the past year.
Nominees: Edward Enninful, Katie Grand, Professor Louise Wilson OBE
8. Red Carpet Award
Gives recognition to a British designer who is creating global awareness of their designs through red carpet dressing and the resulting media coverage.
Nominees: Alessandra Rich, Roksanda Ilincic, Stella McCartney, Victoria Beckham
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9. Accessory Designer
The leading British designer of shoes, jewellery, millinery or accessories within the past year.
Nominees: Katie Hillier, Nicholas Kirkwood, Philip Treacy
10. New Establishment Award
The New Establishment Award recognises a particular movement in British fashion that is taking the industry by storm.
Nominees: Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, Meadham Kirchhoff
11. Designer of the Year
The ultimate accolade, which recognises an internationally acclaimed, 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: Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Stella McCartneyWho’s your style icon?