IMG ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN FASHION LAUREATE 2018 #AustralianFashionLaureate #ilovesydney

SYDNEY, 21 November 2018 On the evening of 20 November at Sydney’s State Theatre, IMG revealed the winners of the 2018 Australian Fashion Laureate Awards, honouring individuals who have made significant contributions to the growth, development and global promotion of the Australian fashion industry. The Awards celebration was hosted by international supermodel, Georgia Fowler, and celebrated comedian, Ash Williams, and also featured model and guest presenter, Cheyenne Tozzi, and a special performance by acclaimed musical artist, Robinson.
Celebrating outstanding contribution across established categories – Lifetime Achievement, Womenswear, Menswear, Retail, Emerging Designer, Accessories – the Australian Fashion Laureate also revealed two new categories for 2018, Model of the Year and Outstanding Editorial. Additionally, IMG introduced a new special recognition as an accompaniment to industry-voted awards: The International Impact Honouree. This honour celebrates an individual championing and representing Australian fashion and culture to audiences abroad.
IMG is pleased to share the 2018 Australian Fashion Laureate Award winners and special honouree below: 
AUSTRALIAN FASHION LAUREATE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
EDWINA MCCANN

BEST AUSTRALIAN WOMENSWEAR 
ROMANCE WAS BORN

BEST AUSTRALIAN MENSWEAR 
SONG FOR THE MUTE

BEST AUSTRALIAN EMERGING DESIGNER 
ALBUS LUMEN

BEST AUSTRALIAN RETAILER 
ZIMMERMANN

BEST AUSTRALIAN ACCESSORIES DESIGNER
LUCY FOLK

MODEL OF THE YEAR
ADUT AKECH BIOR

OUTSTANDING EDITORIAL
GEORGES ANTONI

INTERNATIONAL IMPACT HONOUREE
RUSSELL JAMES
The Australian Fashion Laureate was established in 2008 by IMG, with the support of the New South Wales Government, to shine an international light on the exceptional talent and creativity within the Australian fashion industry. Australian Fashion Laureate Awards are nominated and voted on by a panel of more than 30 industry leaders, including designers, media, buyers, creatives, brand executives and communications professionals. 
“The announcement of the 2018 Australian Fashion Laureate Awards signals the culmination of another strong year for the Australian fashion industry and provides an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate our collective achievements in the company of esteemed peers,” said Natalie Xenita, Executive Director of IMG Fashion Asia-Pacific. “The introduction of new award categories and a special honouree allows our industry to both acknowledge and promote the efforts and accomplishments of individuals who contribute to this industry’s success, both locally and on the international stage.”    
“Last night’s 2018 Australian Fashion Laureate celebration was an incredible success. We’re proud to have gathered the industry’s best and brightest to celebrate not only their accomplishments to date, but innovation ahead,” said NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall. “After ten years of Australian Fashion Laureate celebrations, the NSW Government is delighted to see Sydney further established as an essential destination for the global fashion community.”
The Australian Fashion Laureate is an IMG initiative, supported through a strategic partnership with the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, with additional support from Etihad Airways, DHL, Moet & Chandon, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Sanpellegrino and Jan Logan.
The digital home for The Australian Fashion Laureate is @FashionWeekAus across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Follow along through our official hashtags: #AustralianFashionLaureate #ilovesydney