What an awesome  year London is having in 2012!

In addition to the QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATION, and the (apparently) highly successful LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES (despite the early worries), the third annual WGSN GLOBAL FASHION AWARDS is to be held at THE SAVOY in LONDON on MONDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2012.

Lauretta Roberts - Founder & Director, WGSN Global Fashion Awards

Lauretta Roberts – Founder & Director, WGSN Global Fashion Awards

Previously held in NEW YORK, the GLOBAL FASHION AWARDS honor fashion’s most inspirational and innovative individuals and businesses who are pushing the boundaries, propelling the industry forward and setting the design agenda on a global scale.

WGSN (www.wgsn.com) is the global authority on style and design. The company with over 38,000 clients across the globe provides many valuable services, including identifying and analyzing current and future style trends, providing its customers with state-of-the-art online tools that can be used to create commercially successful products and services, and defining and shaping winning style and designs to ensure their future successes. WGSN customers include many of the world’s leading apparel, style, design and retail companies including LEVI STRAUSS & CO., ADIDAS, NICKELODEON & VIACOM CONSUMER PRODUCTS, BENETTON GROUP, and MARKS AND SPENCER, among others; and is headquartered in LONDON, with offices all over the world including MILAN, NEW YORK, HONG KONG, SEOUL, LOS ANGELES, MELBOURNE and TOKYO. WGSN is a 4C Group Service.

The WGSN Global Fashion Awards showcase the very best in fashion and retail design,” says JULIE HARRIS, WGSN’S GLOBAL MANAGING DIRECTOR. “The awards [has in the past and] will inspire our audience and celebrate innovation from all four corners of the globe, from international superbrands to up-and-coming talent, from high-end catwalk design to the high street. The GLOBAL FASHION AWARDS bring to life the design inspiration that sits at the very heart of WGSN.”

Entries are still open for category nominations to all those working across the fashion industry around the world. Submissions can be made via www.globalfashionawards.com and are free, with the award categories focus exclusively on outstanding design across apparel, accessories, retail and e-tail. The categories for the 2012 awards have been redefined to better focus exclusively on outstanding design across all areas: apparel, accessories, retail and E-Tail. As well as rewarding the world’s best individual designers, the 2012 WGSN Global Fashion Awards will also recognize the best specialist design teams in categories such as denim, intimates & swim, kidswear and sports & activewear.

WGSN-Global-Fashion-Awards-2012-logo3-e1344528356215-300x224The categories are: Best Emerging Designer (this category is open to any new designer, womenswear, menswear, or accessories,
whose label is less than four years old as of June 30, 2012), Best Student Designer, Best Footwear & Accessories Designer, (Nomination Only**), Best Womenwear Designer (Nomination Only**), Best Menswear Designer (Nomination Only**), Best Denim Team, Best Intimate/Swim Design Team, Best Sports/Activewear Design Team, Best Buying Team (Multi-Brand Retailer/E-Tailer), Best Footwear & Accessories Design Team, Best Womenswear Design Team, Best Menswear Design Team, Best Kidswear Design Team, Best Store (This award will be presented to the store the panel of judges consider to be the ABSOLUTE BEST in the world), Best Multi-Channel Retailer, Best New Store/Refit, and Best E-Store (Pure Play). For a more detailed explanation of the requirements in each category, please visit www.globalfashionawards.com/categories

(** The shortlist for this category will be drawn from nominations made by industry representatives across the globe. They will select those designers, be they veterans of many catwalks or rising starts, who set the agenda for the rest of the industry. The finalists on the shortlist will be then put to judging panel who will select the winner.)

Attendance to the November 5th Awards Ceremony will be by VIP-invitation only.

2012 WGSN Global Fashion Awards judge, Judy Coomber

2012 WGSN Global Fashion Awards judge, Judy Coomber

Says LAURETTA ROBERTS, WGSN GLOBAL FASHION AWARDS DIRECTOR, “Our new category line-up offers more opportunities for designers and design teams, large and small, to have their work recognized on a worldwide scale. We are very excited to bring the awards to London for the first time. Renowned globally for its innovation in fashion, we believe London will perfectly capture the spirit of the WGSN Global Fashion Awards.”

Winners will be selected by an expert panel of judges, including some of the most prominent people in the fashion and style industries, including designers, buying directors, stylists, merchants and marketing executives.

This year’s JUDGING PANEL consists of an EXCEPTIONAL array of global fashion and style industry talent consisting of some of the most prominent and influential individuals in the industry from around the world, with judges from SINGAPORE, HONG KONG, CHINA, AUSTRALIA, THE UNITED STATES and the UNITED KINGDOM.

COURTNEY BLACKMAN, Managing Director of fashion networking business THE INDUSTRY LONDON

COURTNEY BLACKMAN, Managing Director of fashion networking business THE INDUSTRY LONDON

COURTNEY BLACKMAN, Managing Director of fashion networking business THE INDUSTRY LONDON and judge and adviser to the WGSN GLOBAL FASHION AWARDS says: “I’ve been working with the WGSN Global Fashion Awards since their inception and it has been an amazing journey. The best of the best in fashion from across the world come together to celebrate and to be celebrated. The awards have quickly risen to become the most prestigious and coveted global reaching platform for anyone working in fashion, and it is a great honour for me to be involved as both judge and adviser for the 2012 WGSN Global Fashion Awards. I wish the best of luck to this year’s entrants.”

The Judging Panel includes Topshop Managing Director MARY HOMER, ASOS.com Product and Trading Director ROBERT BREADY, JUDY COOMBER General Manager at Australian department store MYER, celebrated accessories designer LARA BOHINC MBE, MARCUS JAYE, Creative Director and Founder of online style website TheChicGeek.co.uk (www.TheChicGeek.com.uk), RAZA BEIG, CEO of the SPLASH & ICONIC brands, SALLY MACDONALD, CEO and Managing Director of accessories group OrotonGroup, SUSANNE TIDE-FRATER, Fashion Director at 19 ENTERTAINMENT (developer of THE VICTORIA BECKHAM brand), ROSE REN, Founder and Director of FASHION NEXT, KEYIS NG, Creative Director at DIGITAL FASHION WEEK SINGAPORE, REBEKAH ROY, Fashion Director at Pheonix Magazine, and MICHAEL HERZ, Creative Director at Swiss luxury brand BALLY.

The rest of the esteemed judges and industry talent on the panel are:

BARBARA HORSPOOLProduct Director at JIGSAW and an experienced design and creative director whose expertise ranges from retailing to product development to marketing.

MARY HOMERManaging Director at TOPSHOP, where she oversees its international expansion including the introduction of 81 new International stores during her tenure as well as growing topshop.com to its current status shipping to over 30 countries.  Mary is a member of the BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL

SARAH CURRANFounder and Chief Creative Officer of my-wardrobe.com (www.my-wardrobe.com) which has become the UK’s leading online retailer of everyday luxury designer womenswear and menswear fashion. My-wardrobe.com has over 1.4 million global visitors and was awarded the BEST CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE AWARD at the WGSN GLOBAL FASHION AWARDS 2011

CHRISTOS ANGELIDESGroup Product Director at NEXT PLC, Chairman at NEXT SOURCING LIMITED and Board Member at LIPSY

BRUNO BASSO & CHRISTOPHER BROOKEFashion Designers and Founders of the BASSO & BROOKE brand, and pioneers of the digital print process in fashion

BORA AKSUFashion Designer famed for his cocktail dresses and winner of four consecutive NEWGEN awards with a soon to be launched inaugural handbag collection


CHRIS MORTONCEO and Co-Founder of LYST, a social platform for online fashion used in 180 countries around the world

DONNA IDA THORNTON – Owner of DONNA IDA designer denim boutiques

DOUGLAS BENJAMINCEO of F J BENJAMIN (Singapore) PTE LTD and Co-Creative Director at RAOUL


JAMES SHERWOODStyle Author and broadcaster, Curator at THE SAVOY MUSEUM and Editor-at-Large at THE RAKE MAGAZINE

DAISY DE VILLENEUVE, Illustrator, Designer and Writer, who has made a name for herself with illustrations for clients including Topshop, LVMH, Nike, Vogue and Random House

SEBASTIAN MANESBuying & Merchandising Director, Womenswear, Accessories & Kids, Selfridges & Co

 “We’re very proud of the caliber of the judges this year,” says Miss Roberts. “They are a true reflection of the spirit and reach of the WGSN Global Fashion Awards. We have world-class retailers, designers, emerging talent, digital experts, stylists, commentators and writers from as far afield as Sydney and Singapore. To have this panel of judges rate your work and say it’s the best in the world is the ultimate endorsement for any fashion business or designer.”

“Winning the Best Customer Experience Award at the [2011] WGSN Global Fashion Awards was a phenomenal achievement for the business and is something that we are incredibly proud of.” Adds Miss Curran. “The award recognized a key part of the my-wardrobe.com brand’s DNA which we have focused on since day one- the customer experience – on a global platform against incredibly inspirational peers in the retail industry.”

4C GROUP (www.4C-group.com) is a digital information services business that specializes in the retail, infrastructure and creative services sectors, with leading brands including WGSN, GLENIGAN and PLANET RETAIL. The company deliver knowledge not just data and its high-quality industry-specific data empowers users with the essential insight they need to make effective decisions and drive the success of their businesses; and operates on every continent, with clients ranging from small businesses to the world’s leading consumer brands. 4C Group is powered by TOP RIGHT GROUP, formerly EMAP INTERNATIONAL.

For more information on WGSN and the WGSN GLOBAL FASHION AWARDS, visit www.wgsn.com, www.globalfashionawards.com, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/wgsn, www.twitter.com/GFashionAwards, on facebook at www.facebook.comWGSNoffcial or @GFashionAwards.