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British Fashion Awards Nominees Announced

Christopher Bailey BFA2010The British Fashion Awards nominations are in and the categories could not be more diverse. The beauty of the British Fashion Awards is that the selection committee places a heavy focus on new designers. Even the coveted Designer of the Year category features Christopher Kane and Erdem, two labels that are relatively young in the grand scale. Unsurprisingly, they share that category nomination with Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and if the buzz surrounding Buckingham Palace's exhibition of the royal wedding dress continues, there will be no contest as to who's the favorite to win. Another surprising set of nominations is the Model of the Year category, teenage rock-spawn Georgia Jagger shares the category with two legendary models in their 40s, Stella Tennant and Kristen McMenamy. This year's emerging talent categories are bursting with buzzworthy designers but, frankly, the nominees are as expected. The winners, and additional awards, will be presented on November 28 so we'll have to wait and see how their Spring 2012 collections hold up to the pressure. 

Here is the full list of nominees:

1. 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: Jordan Askill, Nasir Mazhar and Tabitha Simmons

2. 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, Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto.

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: Christopher Raeburn, James Long and J.W. Anderson.

4. DESIGNER BRAND

A leading British based designer brand that has excelled and made an impact on the international stage over the past year. Nominees: Burberry, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford and Victoria Beckham.

5. MODEL

A British model who has contributed most to the international fashion scene in the past year. Nominees: Georgia Jagger, Kristen McMenamy, and Stella Tennant.

6. ACCESSORY DESIGNER

The leading British designer of shoes, jewellery, millinery or accessories within the past year. Nominees: Charlotte Olympia, Emma Hill for Mulberry and Katie Hillier.

7. 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, Margaret Howell and Oliver Spencer.

8. ISABELLA BLOW AWARD FOR FASHION CREATOR

A British stylist, make-up artist, photographer, art director or producer whose creativity has been a major inspiration and influence in the past year. Nominees: Guido Palau, Katie Grand and Sam Gainsbury.

9. RED CARPET AWARD

Gives recognition to a British designer who is creating global awareness of their designs in the media. Nominees: Antonio Berardi, Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham.

10. DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

The ultimate accolade, which recognizes 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, Erdem and Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

[BFC] Photo of Christopher Bailey at last year's awards: Daniel Deme / WENN.com

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