Bella and Gigi Hadid Will Duke It Out for Model of the Year at the 2016 Fashion Awards

Plus, urban luxury brands (aka streetwear) get their very own category for the first time.
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Caroline Rush CBE, Dame Natalie Massenet and Karlie Kloss at the announcement. Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer

Caroline Rush CBE, Dame Natalie Massenet and Karlie Kloss at the announcement. Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer

In an attempt to reach the scale of its American counterparts — the CFDA Awards and the Met Gala — and appeal to an international audience, the British Fashion Awards recently rebranded to become The Fashion Awards, and on Tuesday, British Fashion Council Chairman Natalie Massenet announced the nominees for the 2016 edition of the event, which will take place on Dec. 5. The ceremony will be held at London's renowned Royal Albert Hall, and the guest list is expected to reach a whopping 4,000 attendees — including industry insiders and members of the public who purchased tickets. (The event will double as the first annual fund-raiser gala for the BFC Education Foundation, which supports future design talent.)

The short-list of nominees for each of the nine categories were voted on by 1,500 members of the fashion industry from 41 different countries, including editors, buyers, those from PR, photographers and more. British talent is widely represented, ranging from up-and-comers like Molly Goddard, Grace Wales Bonner and Faustine Steinmetz, to established names like Christopher Kane, Sarah Burton and Stella McCartney. Other interesting observations from the nominees list include the fact that both Gigi and Bella Hadid are up for the honor of International Model of the Year, meaning they'll go head-to-head at the awards ceremony, and that "Urban Luxury Brands" — Vetements, Palace, Off-White — are granted their very own category, further proving that streetwear-inspired collections are likely here for the long haul.

Additional awards will be announced leading up to the event, including one that celebrates the industry's "Creative Influencers." Watch this space, and read the full list of nominees below.

BRITISH EMERGING TALENT
Alessandra Rich
Charles Jeffrey
Faustine Steinmetz
Molly Goddard
Self Portrait

BRITISH MENSWEAR DESIGNER
Craig Green for Craig Green
Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner
Jonathan Anderson for J.W.Anderson
Tom Ford for Tom Ford
Dame Vivienne Westwood for Vivienne Westwood

BRITISH WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER
Christopher Kane for Christopher Kane
Jonathan Anderson for J.W.Anderson
Roksanda Ilincic for Roksanda
Sarah Burton OBE for Alexander McQueen
Simone Rocha for Simone Rocha

BRITISH BRAND
Alexander McQueen
Burberry
Christopher Kane
Erdem
Stella McCartney

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LEADER
Adrian Joffe for Comme des Garçons & Dover Street Market
Christopher Bailey MBE for Burberry
Guram Gvasalia for Vetements
Marco Bizzarri for Gucci
Stefano Sassi for Valentino

INTERNATIONAL URBAN LUXURY BRAND
Adidas
Gosha Rubchinskiy
Off-White
Palace
Vetements

INTERNATIONAL MODEL
Adwoa Aboah
Bella Hadid
Gigi Hadid
Kendall Jenner
Lineisy Montero

INTERNATIONAL ACCESSORIES DESIGNER
Alessandro Michele for Gucci
Anya Hindmarch MBE for Anya Hindmarch
Johnny Coca for Mulberry
Jonathan Anderson for Loewe
Stuart Vevers for Coach

INTERNATIONAL READY-TO-WEAR DESIGNER
Alessandro Michele for Gucci
Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga
Donatella Versace for Versace
Jonathan Anderson for Loewe
Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy

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