Rihanna and Kaia Gerber Nab Award Nominations


The British Fashion Council has announced its nominees for the 2017 Fashion Awards, and two of the hottest women in fashion right now—Rihanna and Kaia Gerber—have managed to snag nominations for Best Urban Luxe Brand and Best Model, respectively.

Neither should have come as a surprise. Rih’s Fenty x Puma line is a hit, sparking one of the biggest shoe trends of the summer and becoming one of the biggest tickets at New York fashion week. Meanwhile, Gerber managed to appear on almost every major runway during Fashion Month, this her first season of modeling.

But they both face some stiff competition. Fenty x Puma is up against Supreme, Vetements, Off-White, and Gosha Rubchinskiy—all brands that have had a major year both in critical and popular acclaim. Meanwhile, the other vixens vying for best model include both Hadid sisters (Gigi won the category last year), as well as Adwoa Aboah and Winnie Harlow.

In other areas, Jonathan Anderson is the most-nominated individual this year, with four nods, two for his namesake line (British Designer of the Year in Menswear and Womenswear) and two for Loewe (Accessory Designer of the Year and Designer of the Year). While the only house to have repeat nominations is Gucci, with Alessandro Michele appearing in the best Accessories (which he won last year) and Designer categories, and Marco Bizzarri grabbing a nod for Best Business Leader (perhaps Gucci recently becoming fur-free will tip the scales in his favor?) The remaining designers in the coveted Designer of the Year category include Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior, Phoebe Philo for Céline, and Raf Simons for Calvin Klein.

“These designers and brands were chosen from hundreds of international names and they represent the most creative talent and innovative businesses of the year,” said BFC Chairman Natalie Massenet in a statement.

Special awards for outstanding work will be announced throughout November, and will recognize the achievements and careers of some of the industry’s biggest names. Last year Ralph Lauren was honored with the award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion, while Bruce Weber was given the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, and Franca Sozzani was given the Swarovski Award for Positive Change shortly before her passing.

See the complete list of nominees and categories in the video below:

The Fashion Awards 2017 will take place December 4, 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.


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