John Lewis scooped the Omnichannel Retailer of the Year gong at the World Retail Awards as Net-a-Porter’s bosses took home the Outstanding Leadership award.

Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet and Mark Sebba, who retired as chief executive earlier this year, were honoured at the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing won the coveted Retailer of the Year gong and H&M was named International Retailer of the Year at the gala dinner in Paris last night.

Despite its success in the omnichannel category, department store John Lewis’s ‘The Bear and the Hare’ lost out to Sainsbury’s ’Christmas in a Day’ for best advertising campaign.

World Retail Congress chairman Ian McGarrigle said: “We’ve had another fantastic shortlist of winners, and this year in particular they reflect how the retail landscape is changing.  The diversity of entries and countries, and the level of innovation, reinforces the huge groundswell of change in the global retail world.”

The award winners are decided by a team of 12 global retail leaders which this year included former Home Retail Group boss Terry Duddy, Gordon Campbell from Spar International and Rick Darling from Li & Fung US.