PARIS — Aalto, Koché, Martine Rose and Y/Project are the four labels short-listed for this year’s ANDAM Fashion Award, it was revealed Thursday.The four young brands will vie for a cash award of 250,000 euros, or $277,835, when the prestigious prize’s jury of 25 fashion experts gathers on June 30 to pick this year’s winners in four categories.As reported, Yves Saint Laurent chief executive officer Francesca Bellettini will be the mentor for this year’s main Fashion Award winner.“The house of Yves Saint Laurent has always been driven by incredible creators and inspired by upcoming generations,” Bellettini stated. “I’m honored to have the chance to contribute to looking for the creativity and the energy necessary to build the future of fashion. This year, the panel of talent is amazing again and I am looking forward to exchanging with all of them.”Competing for the Creative Label prize, worth 100,000 euros, or $111,134, are Avoc, Nïuku and Marine Serre, while in the Fashion Accessories category, the short-listed designers are Ana Khouri, La Contrie and Le Gramme, who are up for a grant of 50,000 euros, or $55,567.This year’s competition will also see a new prize awarded for fashion innovation, worth 30,000 euros, or $33,340. In the running are start-ups Euveka, which specializes in smart mannequins; Percko, which makes posture-improving innerwear, and Smartpixels, a specialist in augmented reality modeling.All 13 finalists will receive support or advice from Galeries Lafayette, MAC Cosmetics, Matchesfashion.com and Swarovski.This year’s ANDAM is financially supported by 17 private and institutional partners.New jury members for 2017 include Pascal Morand, executive president of the Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode; Ruth Chapman, cofounder and co-executive chairman of Matchesfashion.com, and Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, publisher of 10 Magazine and 10 Men, as reported.The French acronym for the National Association for the Development of the Fashion Arts, ANDAM was founded in 1989 by Nathalie Dufour, with the support of the French government and with Pierre Bergé as president.ANDAM has been a springboard for designers who would go on to achieve international recognition, including Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf, Christophe Lemaire and Jeremy Scott.Last year’s winner, Johanna Senyk of Wanda Nylon, received two years of mentoring from Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, president and chief executive officer of Chloé.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.