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WGSN Global Fashion Awards announce open entry

4th April 2011 Print
WGSN Global Fashion Awards announce open entry

WGSN will once again honour fashion's most inspirational and innovative at the second annual Global Fashion Awards in New York City.

The Global Fashion Awards were created by WGSN in 2010 to recognise and reward those who are pushing the boundaries of fashion, propelling the industry forward and setting the style agenda on a global scale. The second annual WGSN Global Fashion Awards open entry launches on the 4th of April 2011 and is a call for all individuals and businesses working across the fashion industry around the world. Entries can be made online via:

"The WGSN Global Fashion Awards celebrate the fashion industry as a completely connected, global platform. In order to be successful in this universe, one needs the talents and expertise of a wide variety of players, from designers to business leaders, retailers to editors and marketers to models - it takes a whole village...but a very chic one". Fern Mallis, Founder of New York Fashion Week

The shortlist will be announced in London at a party on the 20th of June at the St Martins Lane Hotel and the winners will be announced at a ceremony that will take place at the Global Fashion Awards' larger and more fabulous new venue, Gotham Hall in New York City. The ceremony will take place on the 20th of October in front of an audience of fashion's most influential industry insiders.

"As a creative company, we are constantly looking for new experiences. Getting in contact with new realities, markets, cultures and interesting people is our every day basis. Since WGSN has clients all over the world, the Global Fashion Awards exposure and event was great for us and our clients who joined us on the journey". Fernanda Pigatto, Institutional Relationship Manager, La Estampa

This year's categories will again encompass all major business and creative disciplines in fashion including design, retail (off and online), buying, visual merchandising, store design, marketing and ethical practice. The WGSN Global Fashion Awards are the first and only awards that recognise these achievements on a global scale.

The winners will be selected by an expert panel of judges, made up of some of the most prominent people in the fashion and style industries, including designers, buying directors, stylists, merchants and marketing executives. The judges' panel was carefully selected by WGSN to ensure impartiality and global expertise. The 2011 panel includes:

Chee Au, Chief Creative Officer, Shanghai Tang
June Haynes, Senior Vice President of Retail, Valentino USA
Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz, Creative Directors, Bally
Orsola de Castro, Founder and Curator of the British Fashion Council's Estethica
Dolly Jones, Editor, VOGUE.COM UK
Simon Kneen, Creative Director and Executive Vice President of Design, Banana Republic
Averyl Oates, Buying Director, Harvey Nichols - Menswear, Womenswear and Accessories
Jana Ririnui, Founder and Director, Academy of Freelance Makeup
William Tempest, Founder and Designer, William Tempest
Daisy de Villeneuve, Illustrator, Designer and Writer
Rebekah Roy, Fashion & Celebrity Stylist

"The landscape of the fashion industry has become more transparent and open. The Internet and social media have fostered new relationships, opportunities and means of operation for fashion businesses and exposed the fashion marketplace to a new global consumer. As the largest and foremost style and design forecaster, WGSN is charged with finding and honouring the world's idea-makers. The ones whose actions and influence inspire the fashion industry and the broader consumer market." Susanna Kempe, CEO of WGSN.

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WGSN Global Fashion Awards announce open entry