It’s hard to succeed, let alone survive, as a fashion designer. So every little bit of help counts. That’s why fashion competitions that award emerging designers with money, access to fabrics and factories, and mentorships with established industry vets, are so important. In the US, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, started in 2003, gives three promising Read more →
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What is the sum of a) a castle in the South of France + b) Raf Simmons, Jack McCollough, Lazaro Hernandez, Cathy Horyn, Christopher Kane (and the list goes on) sitting in the grass eating saucisson + c) demented young designers à la Viktor and Rolf presenting their designs under a tree?
The answer = the Festival de Hyères 2011, an annual fashion festival held by the French Mediterranean seaside, that acts like a platform to young creativity. With a jury that has, over years, been led by Karl Lagerfeld, Riccardo Tisci, Ann Demeleumesteer, the event has launched the likes of Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Gaspard Yurkievich into la mode.
After showing their creations to the jury in the form of individual presentation, the ten nominees, already narrowed down from hundreds of applications, held their final show last night. Modeled by Raf Simon’s own models, with a soundtrack by Paris’ main fashion week sound engineer, one felt as if about to watch Haider Ackerman’s latest collection. It was “an incredible, impeccable production,” according to Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez. What more can a young designer ask for?
There was not one but four prizes awarded, each that resonate with a different audience:
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