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WGSN Global Fashion Awards entry opens

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The entry period for the second WGSN Global Fashion Awards has now opened with both individuals and businesses from the fashion industry set to be honoured by the trend forecasting website.

The 18 awards will cover categories including retail, design, emerging talent, innovation and individual achievement. Entries from both individuals and businesses in the fashion industry can be made online via

The shortlist will be announced at a party at St Martins Lane Hotel in London on June 20 with the awards ceremony at Gotham Hall in New York on October 20.

The winners will be selected by a panel of judges including Simon Kneen, creative director and executive vice president of design for Banana Republic and Averyl Oates, buying director at Harvey Nichols for menswear, womenswear and accessories.

WGSN chief executive officer Susanna Kempe said: “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 are charged with finding and honouring the world’s idea-makers.”

The first WGSN Global Fashion Awards were held last year where Lanvin artistic director Alber Elbaz was named the most influential womenswear designer.

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