Zara owner Inditex, the Spanish retailer, and Kate Moss last week were crowned as Retailer of the Year and Icon of the Year at the inaugural World Retail Awards in Barcelona. The successful high street company "had a stunning year and continued to build on its reputation to deliver fast fashion" said judges. Inditex won over Neiman Marcus, Target, Best Buy, Tesco and Whole Food Markets.
WGSN subscribers voted for their Consumer Icon of the Year - recognising the celebrity who the global retail and fashion industry believes to have the greatest influence on style, trends and consumer demand. Kate Moss won the award and sent a video link thanking WGSN's readers for their votes. Moss also mentioned how much she has enjoyed working with UK retailer Topshop on her new range.
The World Retail Awards, which are being held alongside the World Retail Congress, recognised excellence in six categories and fashion retailers put in a strong performance across the board. Marks & Spencer won the Responsible Retailer of the Year award for what judges called its "clear commitment to making a difference".