Now in its seventh year, The Woolmark Company is reinforcing its commitment to supporting the very best emerging design talent by appointing an expert Advisory Council, who were responsible for selecting this year’s International Woolmark Prize nominees.
The 2018/19 International Woolmark Prize Advisory Council included:
· Tim Blanks, Editor-at-large, Business of Fashion
· Jefferson Hack, Founder, Dazed Media
· Christine Centenera, Fashion Director, Vogue Australia, and Co-Founder WARDROBE.NYC
· Alison Veness, Editor of 10 and 10 Men Australia
· Rebecca Khoury, Associate Editor of 10 and 10 Men Australia
· Catherine Baba, Stylist, Designer, Consultant & Costume Designer
· Sara Sozzani Maino, Deputy Editor-in-chief, Vogue Italia and Head of Vogue Talents
· Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler, Co-Founders, Diet Prada
· Gert Jonkers, Co-founder and Editor-in-chief, Fantastic Man
· Christiane Arp, Editor-in-chief, Vogue Germany
· Colin McDowell, Fashion Journalist and Commentator
More than 300 emerging fashion designers from across 46 countries applied to take part in this year’s International Woolmark Prize. The most promising 42 designers, who showcased creativity, originality of design, innovation and brand recognition, have now been nominated to present their brand to a panel of experts at one of three semi-final events in July. The 2018/19 International Woolmark Prize nominees from Australia are Albus Lumen and Jacinta James.
Advisory Council member Tim Blanks said, “The name says it all. The International Woolmark Prize is a genuinely global snapshot of emerging talent, and I can’t wait to meet this year’s nominees.” Diet Prada’s Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler added, “Having built the presence of Diet Prada through thoughtful commentary on both established luxury players and small independent brands, it was an amazing experience to actually contribute to the selection process for the Woolmark Prize. There’s such a large pool of fresh, forward-thinking talent using materials in remarkable ways. We hope that the Prize will drive all of the designers to continue their innovations and propel their businesses further.”
Semi-finals will be held in Hong Kong on 5th July, London on 10th July and New York on 12th July, with nominees invited to pitch to an esteemed judging panel for investment in a capsule collection crafted from Merino wool. These events will then identify the 12 finalists to take part in the International Woolmark Prize global final to be held at an international fashion week in early 2019.
Finalists will each receive a financial contribution of AU$70,000 to invest in the development of their capsule collection alongside mentoring, business training and showcasing opportunities. One menswear and one womenswear designer will each receive AU$200,000 at the global final along with guaranteed placement in some of the most important boutiques around the globe that have committed to supporting the award. The Innovation Award will also be presented, for a second year, to one finalist, with a financial contribution of AU$100,000. All International Woolmark Prize finalists will receive sales support and mentoring for commercialization opportunities.
The International Woolmark Prize is a long-term program designed to nurture and support designers throughout their career. The 42 designer nominees are invited to attend a workshop hosted by The Woolmark Company to help prepare them for the development and manufacturing of their capsule collection to support with the commercialization of their collection ideas. Workshops will include detailed presentations by industry experts, with a focus on innovation across fabric development and processing to improve the overall impact of collections on the environment and the wearer to ensure the International Woolmark Prize continues to push the boundaries of global fashion.
“As the International Woolmark Prize continues to evolve, we have restructured our program to ensure emerging design talent receives the highest level of industry support and guidance,” explains The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough. “This year we invited designers to apply to participate in the program and this generated an overwhelming number of applicants, from New York, London and Tokyo through to Mexico, Russia and Nigeria. This reinforces our belief that the International Woolmark Prize has no geographical borders, that fashion has no boundaries and that Australian Merino wool will remain as relevant to fashion tomorrow as it does today.”
DHL EXPORTED KICKS OFF CYCLE TWO THIS WEEK AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: THE SHOWS
February 9, 2016
IMG and DHL are proud to kick off the cycle two shows of DHL Exported, a global platform that offers regionally established designers the opportunity to expand their businesses internationally, this week in New York. Marcel Ostertag of Germany will be the first designer to take the international stage as part of New York Fashion Week: The Shows this Thursday, February 11.
Ostertag will be followed by Sid Neigum from Canada showing at London Fashion Week; Atsushi Nakashima from Japan showing at Milan Fashion Week; and Anne Sofie Madsen from Denmark showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo. This marks the first time each of these designer is showing outside his or her home market, an important step in the development of their brand.
The Autumn/Winter 2016 collections of the winning designers will be debuted as follows:
Marcel Ostertag – February 11, 2016
NYFW: The Shows, The Gallery at Skylight Clarkson Sq
Sid Neigum – February 21, 2016
London Fashion Week, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall
Atsushi Nakashima – February 26, 2016
Milan Fashion Week, Palazzo Reale
Anne Sofie Madsen – March 16, 2016
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo, Hall A
As part of the DHL Exported program, designers receive a fully produced runway show for two consecutive seasons along with marketing and logistics support for the duration of the program.
Katya Leonovich Spring Summer 2016 Bisected Beauty fuses fashion and art seemlessly while empowering the woman that wears this collection to embody inner strength through a sleek, modern style. The scene was set at the Highline Lofts among guests that were treated to a visual feast for the eyes as those in attendance could partake in the beauty of the art of fashion. Leonovich plays upon the senses with eye popping colors and fabric which mirrored each design to compliment the models themselves. Since her creation of the “Alive Dress” for Madonna in 1997, Leonovich has shown her artistic ingenuity by elevating each collection with couture construction, clear vision and personality in each piece.
NEW YORK (August 6, 2015) – IMG today announced the Spring/Summer ’16 collections schedule and lead partners for New York Fashion Week: The Shows and MADE, taking place September 10-17, 2015. “Evolving a high-profile event with this many moving parts takes time, effort, and the trust and support of the industry,” said Mark Shapiro, Chief Content Officer, IMG. “We’re so pleased with the response to the changes we’re making, and are excited to welcome new and returning designers and partners, as well as the MADE community, to the fold. We look forward to showing the industry all we’ve been working on come September.”
NYFW: The Shows will be held at Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Sq and feature the collections of designers including: ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY, ALICE AND OLIVIA, ANGEL SANCHEZ, ANNA SUI, BADGLEY MISCHKA, BCBGMAXAZRIA, BETSEY JOHNSON, BIBHU MOHAPATRA, BRANDON MAXWELL, CARMEN MARC VALVO, CONCEPT KOREA, CUSTO BARCELONA, DENNIS BASSO, DEREK LAM, DESIGUAL, DKNY, ERIN FETHERSTON, FASHION SHENZHEN, GEORGINE, GREG LAUREN, GROUND ZERO, HERVÉ LÉGER BY MAX AZRIA, IDAN COHEN, J.CREW, JENNY PACKHAM, JEREMY SCOTT presented by MADE, JOSIE NATORI, KARIGAM, KEMPNER, KID’S ROCK!, KYE, LELA ROSE, LIBERTINE, LIE SANGBONG, MARA HOFFMAN, MONIQUE LHUILLIER, NAEEM KHAN, NICHOLAS K, NICOLE MILLER, NOON BY NOOR, NOVIS, OHNE TITEL, PAMELLA ROLAND, PRABAL GURUNG, PROJECT RUNWAY, PUBLIC SCHOOL, RACHEL ZOE, RALPH LAUREN, REBECCA MINKOFF, REBECCA VALLANCE, REEM ACRA, SKINGRAFT, SON JUNG WAN, SUNO, SUPIMA, TADASHI SHOJI, TAORAY WANG, THE ART INSTITUTE, THOMAS WYLDE, TOME, TOMMY HILFIGER, VIVIENNE HU, VIVIENNE TAM, YIGAL AZROUËL, and ZANG TOI. MADE’s preliminary collections schedule includes: A-R-E-A, ANDREA JIAPEILI, ADAM SELMAN, BABYGHOST, BAJA EAST, BROCK COLLECTION, CG (CHRIS GELINAS), CHROMAT, COLLINA STRADA, CUSHNIE ET OCHS, DEVON HALFNIGHT LEFLUFY, DION LEE, GYPSY SPORT, HARBISON, HOUGHTON, ISA ARFEN, JEREMY SCOTT, JONATHAN SIMKHAI, MARISSA WEBB, PARSON’S MFA COLLECTIONS, SANDY LIANG, TELFAR, THE BLONDS, WES GORDON, and XIAO LI.
IMG also announced its lead partners for each event. NYFW: The Shows will be presented by lead partners Lexus, Maybelline New York, TRESemmé, Intel, DHL, and E! Entertainment. MADE will be presented by lead partners Accenture, American Express, Intel, Lexus, Macy’s, and Maybelline New York. Additionally, IMG unveiled a new brand identity and digital home for its NYFW properties. The brand identity, developed by Mother New York, was created to help the industry more easily identify the shows and activations unique to IMG. MADE will retain its standalone branding under the IMG umbrella.
The new digital home for NYFW: The Shows will be NYFW.com and @NYFW across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. These digital channels will feature exclusive designer content and social activations throughout the year and align closely with MADE’s MA.DE and @MADE channels, which will also feature exclusive editorial coverage and content. Additionally, all collections shown at Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Sq will be livestreamed on NYFW.com. For up-to-date schedule and event information, as well as media registration, visit NYFW.com and follow @NYFW @MADE.
The first draft of the CFDA-approved schedule for New York Fashion Week: Women’s has been released! This season it’s out earlier than ever and is subject to change. Updates to the grid will be made weekly on CFDA.com. Continue reading CFDA Announces NYFW: Women’s Schedule SS16
NEW YORK (March 23, 2015) – WME | IMG today confirmed the acquisition of MADE Fashion Week. Founded in September 2009 to support emerging designers, MADE Fashion Week has featured approximately 30 runway shows and presentations each season from designers including Altuzarra, Cushnie et Ochs, Public School, Proenza Schouler, Jeremy Scott, Sophie Theallet, Ohne Titel, and Alexander Wang.
Through this acquisition, MADE Fashion Week will continue to operate as a separate entity while strategically aligning with WME | IMG to provide additional opportunities and creative resources for both entities’ designers and partners.
“As we reimagine New York Fashion Week with new venues, experiences and platforms for the industry, we are excited to add MADE Fashion Week to our portfolio,” said Catherine Bennett, SVP and Managing Director, IMG Fashion Events & Properties. “This acquisition creates new opportunities for all our designers and partners to grow and evolve their businesses not only during fashion week in New York, but globally throughout the year.”
MADE’s leadership team, including Keith Baptista, Partner and Managing Director at Prodject and Partner at OBO Paris; Mazdack Rassi, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Milk Studios; and Jenné Lombardo, Founder of The Terminal Presents, will continue to oversee MADE Fashion Week’s day-to-day operations and consult on WME | IMG’s broader fashion events strategy.
“MADE has been a platform that supports creative vanguards in fashion, music, technology and culture and makes their work possible,” said Keith Baptista, a founder of MADE Fashion Week. “As part of the WME | IMG family, MADE will expand its reach and remain on the front line of fostering new talent and encouraging bold new voices. We are thrilled to be part of the team, and excited for all that the future holds.”
The New York Fashion Week and MADE Fashion Week Spring 2016 Collections will take place September 10-17, 2015.
As we learned late in 2014, February’s New York Fashion Week will be the last to take place at Lincoln Center — the event’s home since it left Bryant Park in 2010 — and now we know a little more about where it’s going, as well as what other changes we can expect.
According to a source who declined to comment on the record, IMG, which owns Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, plans to move the event downtown. But the second, and perhaps bigger piece of news is that the media company plans to acquire Made Fashion Week, which stages shows in and around Milk Studios and is considered something of a competitor to the Mercedes-Benz event — which, in another bit of huge news, will no longer be a Mercedes-Benz event come February. The luxury car company has pulled out as title sponsor, meaning Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will no longer go by that name, which is almost difficult to fathom. A rep tells WWD it does not plan to end its relationship with fashion altogether, and will continue to support a number of other international fashion weeks. Going forward, IMG doesn’t plan to work with any sole sponsor.
Following the Made acquisition, which is expected to go into effect before Fashion Week in September, Made owners Jenné Lombardo, Mazdack Rassi and Keith Baptista will stay on as consultants.
Cynthia Rowley has been doing the modish-sportif thing for years. But this season she decided to break out her running pants and rash guards into a full-blown fitness category. At her Tuesday presentation the designer separated the activewear looks from the ready-to-wear, rather than mixing them together as she has in the past. “It’s about making fitness pretty instead of making pretty sporty,” she said of the line, which includes a fetching metallic bike helmet, black leggings with “Cynthia Rowley” scrolled up the side in gold, and a pair of scalloped running shorts. Big silhouette this season was cropped kick flares, which would work as well with a pair of athletic slides as they did with Rowley’s high-heel mules. Indeed, it was obvious that, although they may now be separate, the two lines go very much hand in hand. Continue reading Cynthia Rowley Spring Summer 2015
What better way to say something nice than with flowers? For Spring/Summer 2015, Desigual and the recognized French fashion designer Christian Lacroix, have magnified this timeless tradition by giving bouquets to all the women in the world with their new “Happy Casual” Collection. Inspired by nature’s flora and fauna, this season presents a colorful, multicultural bouquet. A cool Mediterranean spirit combined with South African motifs; classic English garden blooms meet the Iberian Peninsula’s landscape; and a western countryside is influenced by sweeping European geometry. Continue reading Desigual “Say Something Nice” SS15 Collection