For two days a jury consisting of international experts from design, industry, retail, communication and the media evaluated the winners of the European Fashion Award FASH 2015 according to predetermined criteria. The international jury consisted of the following members:
Margareta van den Bosch, Creative Advisor H&M
Torsten Hochstetter, Global Creative Director, Puma
Dr. Adelheid Rasche, Chief Curator, National Museums in Berlin
Joachim Schirrmacher, Creative Consultant, Berlin
Michael Sontag, Designer, Berlin
Franco P. Tettamanti, Fashion & Portrait Photographer, Paris
141 participants from 26 countries entered the global competition. While there were few truly exceptional submissions in the past years, this year the jury was pleasantly surprised by the mature personalities of the winners. Yet another surprise was that only 30 percent of the 125 entered projects were exclusively womenswear collections, the remainder was equally balanced between unisex and menswear collections.
Winners European Fashion Award FASH 2015 The awards will be announced in 2015. These are NOT nominations:
Lilly Bosse, Hochschule für Künste Bremen / University of the Arts Bremen
Kai Gerhardt, Universität der Künste Berlin / University of the Arts Berlin
Julia Kleeblatt, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle / University of Art and Design, Halle
Ulf Brauner, Universität der Künste Berlin / University of the Arts Berlin
Lukas Fischer, Fachhochschule Bielefeld / University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld
Tomàsz Szadel, Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee
Unconventional and fresh
The projects submitted to the European Fashion Award FASH 2015 reflected very personal characteristics in their translation of the topic “Freedom” resulting in very subtle collections. Almost all winners focused on freedom of design: whether in terms of personal dreams and experiences, or the longing for spiritual freedom. This requires courage. Courage to follow one’s own impulses. Courage to say no. Courage to create a clear design language. Still this courage has its rewards, as this purely intuitive level yields considerably stronger and more impressive projects than purely professional processes. To the heart of our desires This energy is transmitted. The winning collections trigger feelings and inspire us to think; no matter whether we view, wear or read the concepts. The winners of the European Fashion Award FASH 2015 and their energy provide meaningful pointers for the market and its increasingly standardized character: they get to the heart of our desires, and are heralds of a new era.
A photo session at one of Europe’s most exclusive photo studios, Delight Rental Studios at Backfabrik at Alexanderplatz in Berlin, documented the winning collections of the European Fashion Award FASH 2015 in mid-November. SDBI was able to win the cooperation of Franco P. Tettamanti for this task. The multi-award-winning fashion and portrait photographer from Paris has worked for clients such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Akris, Vivienne Westwood, Universal Music, Madame Figaro or Prestige Magazine Hong Kong. The fashion shoot, in addition to the cash prizes, is an important component of the award. The photos will be published in a catalog and at sdbi.de following the award presentation in 2015. A separate invitation to the award ceremony will follow.
The European Fashion Award FASH
The European Fashion Award FASH is considered one of the world’s most important endorsement awards for fashion design students. It is an annual competition held by the not-for-profit German Fashion Industry Foundation (Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie), in short SDBI. Thanks to the European Fashion Award FASH, its communication, publications and extensive industry network SDBI plays a groundbreaking role for students, design and industry. Klaus Steilmann, at the time Europe’s largest manufacturer of women’s fashion, founded SDBI in 1978. SDBI award winners have excellent career chances. Today, many of them work at internationally renowned companies, such as Adidas, Akris, Craft, Drykorn, Esprit, John Galliano, Girbaud, Gore, Hugo Boss, Mango, Quiksilver, Puma, Schumacher, Strenesse, for designers like Lala Berlin, Wolfgang Joop, Ross Lovegrove, Antonio Marras, Vivienne Westwood or Bernhard Willhelm – some of them even at chief or senior designer level. Furthermore, many of them have been honored with additional awards.
Edward Enninful will receive the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at this year's British Fashion Awards for his monumental contribution to the global fashion industry. The ceremony will take place at the London Coliseum on December 1st 2014. "Edward’s creative energy and level of vision captures the mood of our times - his work is original, energetic, sincere and unforgettable. His creative journey may have started in London, but today his influence spans the entire globe intersecting the worlds of fashion, art and business" - Natalie Massenet MBE, Chairman of the British Fashion Council.
The premiere of CFD| COLOGNE FASHION DAYS 2014, a three-day trade fair for fashion enthusiasts, took place in THE NEW YORKER | DOCK.ONE in Cologne-Mülheim (Germany) from 14 till 16 November.
Part of the programme was about the 4th edition of COLOGNE CATWALK that featured a selection of seven CFD participants in which a professional jury awarded Dutch duo Chris van den Elzen & Judith van Vliet with Cologne Catwalk Award 2014. The guest country for Cologne Fashion Days 2014 was the Netherlands and FASHIONCLASH was invited to present emerging Dutch designers.
Within the "Think Dutch Space”, diversity, innovation and creativity of Dutch fashion design was on display. The presentation showcased fashion in the broadest sense of the word, next to fashion design there was shoe design, textile design and accessories.
The selection of designers included award winning talents like Liselore Frowijn (Prix Chloé at Hyères International Festival de la Mode 2014) and shoe designer Deniz Terli (MUUSE x VogueTalents Award). Furthermore the visitors could discover fashion by Joelle Boers, Ebby Port, Sanne Jansen and menswear design of Mevan Kaluarachchi and Jivika Biervliet.
Judith van Vliet and Chris van den Elzen, the Cologne Catwalk Award winners joined forces with success at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2014 and now they showed their collaboration work at Cologne Fashion Days.
As a special feature within the space was filled with work by the established Bas Kosters.
On Saturday, November 16 the forth edition of Cologne Catwalk featured show presentations from seven labels including House of Chang / Chang13, Bour, Birke van Maartens, Judith van Vliet x Chris van den Elzen and Jivika Biervliet in collaboration with designer Peter Hsieh and shoe designer Ruben Lekkerkerker.
For the first edition Cologne Fashion Days proved potential for becoming an interesting platform in Cologne.
Knitwear collective SIBLING will be the subject of the V&A’s next Fashion in Motion. Four free catwalk shows will take place on Friday 21 November, presenting highlights from the label’s menswear collections.
Knit Monster, photo by Thomas Giddings
Formed in 2008 by Joe Bates, Sidney Bryan and Cozette McCreery, SIBLING signature style is colourful, playful, luxury knitwear. Their menswear collections are recognised for their alternative and sometimes outlandish designs.
SIBLING are inspired by a range of sources, from their own lives to the east London riots, the graphics of West Side Story’s cinematography, youth tribes, music and reportage photography. Designs range from menswear staples such as a knitted ‘denim’ trucker jacket to full hand crochet pieces and sequin-encrusted leopard twinsets.
SIBLING said, ‘The V&A has a fantastic textile and fashion collection, displaying some of the finest craftsmanship from around the world, so we’re absolutely delighted to have been invited by the Museum to be a part of their Fashion in Motion series. We’re looking forward to showing audiences that today’s knitwear is more than novelty Christmas jumpers and grey V-necks; that it can be fun, joyful, rebellious and young at heart’. Fashion in Motion is a series of live fashion events presented against the unique backdrop of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Featuring some of the greatest designers of our time, Fashion in Motion brings the excitement and spectacle of the high fashion catwalk to a wide audience.
On Friday 21 November watch the Fashion in Motion: SIBLING live stream here. Follow the looks and the catwalk action at 17.00.
Free ticket entry* Tickets are very limited so booking is essential
Paris, November 7, 2014 - Schiaparelli is announcing today the end of its collaboration with Marco Zanini. The House of Schiaparelli is looking towards its future while transcending the aesthetic codes created by Elsa Schiaparelli.
It follows a dynamic where a contemporary spirit meets its founder’s daring personality. Schiaparelli will announce its new creative director soon.
Farida Khelfa and Zanini. Khelfa wears a Schiaparelli dress, from the tribute collection Hommage à Elsa by Christian Lacroix for W magazine
In the largest market in the world and the Fashion Week of the largest city on the planet, Angelos Frentzos was invited, as one of the first European designers who participated in Shanghai Fashion Week.
During the last years, the Chinese market of luxury brands is growing rapidly, and Shanghai Fashion Week is the largest and most prominent event in the world of Chinese Fashion, with the participation of dozens of designers and extensive coverage in the trade press, all local editions of international titles of fashion magazines, as well as special television channels.
After major European brands, such as Chanel, Prada, Maison Martin Margiela and DSquared2, Angelos Frentzos attended the event as guest designer, presenting a selection, especially for the Shanghai Fashion Week, from his three Spring- Summer 2015 collections. Specifically, Reversed Obscurations and Resort Ringmaster Make-Up (Womenswear), and Eraserhead Jugglers (Menswear). The show presented in a space erected in Fuxing Park in Xiantindi area, which gathers most large stores of European and international luxury brands, featured models, women and men, exclusively from China.
"I've always thought of Asian beauty as very charming," Angelos Frentzos says. "I wanted to reciprocate the honour of the invitation from Shanghai Fashion Week, using only Chinese models. Moreover, my collections, which were influenced by the Asian circus, found excellent way to get highlighted by the faces of models from China".
The show at Shanghai Fashion Week launched a two-year collaboration between Angelos Frentzos and the major showroom VDS, which operates in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Milan and New York. "In recent years the Chinese market has made an impressive opening to international brands, something I noticed even just by strolling in the shopping areas of Shanghai, where the number and size of branches of major brands, far exceeds that of European metropolises.
China and its market constitute right now a significant opportunity and a great challenge for a designer», Angelos Frentzos says. Shanghai Fashion Week, which ended late October, is held twice a year, as part of the Shanghai International Fashion Culture Festival, which lasts for a month. Sponsored by the Municipality of the City and the Ministry of Commerce of China, and under the supervision of Shanghai Textile Group, Shanghai Fashion Week, aims to invite renowned international designers, and to provide a showcase for young Chinese designers, as well as to create a channel for international brands trade in China.
Anna Wintour OBE will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2014 British Fashion Awards, in partnership with Swarovski. The iconic Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue and Artistic Director of Condé Nast will be honoured during the ceremony at the London Coliseum, on December 1st 2014, for her tremendous contribution to the fashion industry.
Ms. Wintour’s career began at Harpers & Queen magazine in London in 1970. In 1983 she joined Condé Nast as Creative Director of American Vogue and in 1986 returned to England to become Editor in Chief of British Vogue. In July 1988 she rejoined American Vogue in her current position. In March 2013, Ms. Wintour was named the Artistic Director of Condé Nast.
Ms. Wintour has been actively involved in fund-raising, particularly for AIDS research and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1990, she played a strategic role in developing the fashion industry’s AIDS charity, the CFDA/Vogue initiative through which she helped raise over $20 million. From 1995 to the present Ms. Wintour has co-chaired sixteen fund-raising galas which together have raised nearly $130 million for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
In 2003, Ms. Wintour directed the establishment of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, an unprecedented initiative and award designed to aid emerging American fashion designers struggling to build successful businesses in the wake of 9/11.
In September 2009, in response to the devastating consequences of the economic downturn, Ms. Wintour developed Fashion’s Night Out, a global initiative designed to promote the retail industry, restore consumer confidence and celebrate fashion. In 2014, Ms. Wintour spearheaded the fashion industry’s involvement in Born Free Africa, an organization aiming to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by the end of 2015, using funds from a dedicated clothing line comprised of pieces by world-renowned fashion designers who are also mothers.
Christopher Bailey MBE, Burberry Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Anna gives an extraordinary amount of her time nurturing and supporting creative talent around the world whether they are emerging or established names, part of fashion, literature, theatre, film, politics, sport or philanthropy. Her contribution to all of our global industries is a testament to both her passion, and her innate generosity. On a personal level it has also been a tremendous honour to have had her support, guidance and friendship throughout the many years that I have known her and I'm delighted that we are celebrating her at the British Fashion Awards in London."
Christopher Kane: “Anna Wintour is awe-inspiring; her dedication and passion to the fashion industry, her work ethic, and her unwavering support of young talent are truly unique. I owe so much to Anna for believing in me since the very beginning; without her loyal support and friendship over the past 10 years I would not be where I am today.”
Sarah Burton OBE, Creative Director of Alexander McQueen: “Anna has such an influential hand in fashion, she cares about, and pioneers creativity. Her love and contribution to British fashion is truly outstanding and I am ever grateful for all the support she has given me.”
Natalie Massenet MBE, Chairman of the British Fashion Council:"Anna Wintour has helped, nurtured and advised the careers of some of the world's most brilliant and creative designers. There isn't a person working in fashion who has not been inspired and influenced by Anna's leadership.This is why we are honouring Anna at this year's British Fashion Awards. An editor, business woman, philanthropist, mother, friend and icon; this award recognises and celebrates her extraordinary contribution to the global fashion industry and to popular culture. Anna is the creative industry ambassador and a great friend to the British fashion industry, which has benefited from her incredible support in driving the profile of our talent on a global platform as well as from her very personal care and attention. As one of Britain's most successful exports, it is fitting to celebrate Anna Wintour's lifetime of achievement in London.”
The generosity and commitment of our sponsors is more vital than ever. Please help us by acknowledging their support for the British Fashion Awards 2014: Principal Partner Swarovski; Official Presenting Sponsors Canon, M•A•C, Toni & Guy, Vodafone; Official Sponsors American Express, Marks & Spencer, Mercedes Benz, Penhaligon’s, Rightster. The British Fashion Council would also like to thank Fashion Monitor and Harrogate Spa.