WGSN’s Global Fashion Awards

On November 10, fashions finest gathered at New York’s glamorous Waldorf Astoria for the Global Fashion Awards 2010. Hosted by WGSN, the world’s leading style and trend forecaster (and my lovely ex-employers), the Awards are the first of their kind to honour style and innovation in the fashion industry on a global platform.

Receiving a significant amount of attention for his award, Alber Elbaz, who has recently revealed the collection designed in collaboration with H&M, took home the Most Influential Designer prize. The Lanvin designer, who has also worked at Yves Saint Laurent, beat off fierce competition from Christopher Bailey, Phoebe Philo and Isabel Marant.

Although Elbaz couldn’t attend the ceremony in person he did offer his take on the Lanvin customer: “Tomorrow’s It-girl could be tomorrow’s Out-girl,” he says, describing why Lanvin isn’t about trends but about making women feel magical.

Other winners include Thom Brown who won Most Influential Menswear Designer, Harvey Nichols who beat Topshop for Beat Global Retailer. Acne won Most Influential Design Team and People Tree scooped the Most Influential Fashion Label accolade.