“I feel like Heidi Klum!” said Alber Elbaz, who took to the stage in London on Thursday to announce the European regional winner of the International Woolmark Prize. “One of you will win. You’re either in — or you’re out!” he said, mimicking the model who hosts “Project Runway.” “Honestly, the debate was extremely heated — so those who didn’t win, please don’t take it too hard.”
Elbaz handed the prize to 34-year-old Belgian designer Christian Wijnants, whose winning design was a chunky sweater dress made to look as if it had been tie-dyed. “I am very, very surprised and honored. The other candidates were really great and I am happy to have participated,” the designer said. Wijnants shows his ready-to-wear collection in Paris and has more than 60 stockists around the world, including Colette. Judges, including British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman and designers Giles Deacon and Dean and Dan Caten, chose from among 17 designers across 11 European countries, all of whom were asked to create designs using merino wool.
As reported, regional design contests are taking place this month in China, Australia, India and Europe. Winners will receive $50,000. Sophie Theallet won the U.S. award and $100,000 earlier this week. All of the regional winners will compete for the International Woolmark Prize, which will be given in February during London Fashion Week. That winner will receive an additional 100,000 Australian dollars, or $101,966.61 at current exchange, to assist them in underwriting their next fashion show. In addition, the winning designer will have his or her collection sold to key retail partners such as Harvey Nichols in the U.K., Lane Crawford in China, Eickhoff in Germany and Bergdorf Goodman in the U.S., beginning in August 2013.
The global fashion competition awards outstanding and emerging designers for their creativity in merino wool. The contest aims to develop the next generation of fashion designers and to highlight wool’s eco credentials.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)