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Winners Announced: 2016 WGSN Futures Awards

May 28, 2016

Fashion | by Sophie Exton


Baartmans and Siegel scored the coveted Breakthrough Menswear Designer award at the 2016 WGSN Futures Awards at 8 Northumberland Avenue. The pair were vying for the award against stiff competition: Craig Green, Abasi Rosborough and Astrid Andersen. Darren Kennedy, who just happens to feature in issue twelve of Candid Magazine, presented the duo­ – Wouter Baartmans and Amber Siegel – with their Sarah Angold-designed glass trophy.

Darren Kennedy presented Baartmans and Siegel with their award
Darren Kennedy (right) presented Baartmans and Siegel with their award

Hosted by Fearne Cotton, other big wins were Farfetch for Best E-store, The Unseen (who we marked as one to watch in Candid a few issues ago) for Innovation Design and former Candid cover star Jim Chapman, presented Scotch & Soda with the award for Best Digital Innovation for their collaboration with Airbnb.

The Unseen lands WGSN
The Unseen lands award for Innovation Design, presented by Eric Underwood

It’s British Vogue’s centenary this year and in another achievement for the magazine, editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman, took home the Hall of Fame award for her continued commitment to the fashion industry.

Courtney Blackman
Candid Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Courtney Blackman attended the event and was a judge for this year’s awards

 

The full list of winners is as follows:

WGSN Hall of Fame Alexandra Shulman

Best Digital Innovation Scotch & Soda X Airbnb

Best New Retail Concept The Store X Soho House Berlin

Best Store RYU Apparel

Best E-Store (Pure Play) Farfetch

Innovation Design Innovative Design The Unseen

Best Multichannel Business John Lewis

Best Marketing Initiative Kate Spade – #MissAdventure

Best Start-Up Hill & Friends

Sustainable Design Team Timberland

Avery Dennison RBIS Emerging Brand Mimi Ward

Breakthrough Footwear & Accessories Design Richard Braqo

Breakthrough Menswear Designer Baartmans and Siegel

Breakthrough Womenswear Designer Serafina Sama at Isa Arfen

 

Dougie Poynter presented Timberland with their WGSN Futures Award
Dougie Poynter presented Timberland with their WGSN Futures Award

The WGSN Futures Awards concluded the WGSN Futures Summit, which took place on the 25th and 26th of May, where experts culminated to share insights on ‘WGSN Vision 2030.’

 

Words by Sophie Exton