Europe’s Four Finalists for the International Woolmark Prize Revealed  

Four of the 12 global finalists for the 2018/19 International Woolmark prize were announced in London on Tuesday, Daniel W. Fletcher, Nicholas Daley and Edward Crutchley, all of whom are from the U.K., and Cmmn Swdn from Sweden. They will go on to compete for the final award, which will be held in London in February.
The big reveal came during a lunch at Somerset House in London on Tuesday, with the victorious designers now preparing to elaborate on their collections ahead of the final. All five designers — Cmmn Swdn is designed by Saif Bakir and Emma Hedlund — cast wool in the starring role of their very different collections.
The prize showcases international young talent with designs that highlight the versatility of merino wool. Each finalist will be awarded $ 52,100, and over the course of the next few months, they’ll work on producing a capsule collection that will be judged in February.
Crutchley, who designs a signature collection that shows in London and who also works with Kim Jones at Dior, said he was interested in how cultures express themselves through textiles. He worked with a mix of Breton lace and Javanese batik, and looked at Kabuki, cowboy and biker culture.
His collection,

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Eco-Age Announces Finalists for Emerging Talent Prize

GREEN SHOOTS: Livia Firth’s brand consultancy Eco-Age gathered industry figures, including Italian Chamber of Fashion president Carlo Capasa, entrepreneur Carmen Busquets and British Vogue editor in chief Edward Enninful on the sidelines of Paris Couture Week to select the five finalists of its talent competition for emerging designers. 
The 13 jury members met in a makeshift conference room in a stuffy apartment on Tuesday to look at the work of 10 shortlisted designers. The finalists will attend the second edition of The Green Carpet Fashion Awards, to be held on Sept. 23 at La Scala at the end of Milan Fashion Week.
The winner of the Franca Sozzani GCC Emerging Designer Award will have the opportunity to present at Milan Fashion Week in February, supported by the Italian Chamber of Fashion.
In addition, they will benefit from a one-year mentorship program with outlet center operator Value Retail, which earlier this year changed its name to Bicester Village Shopping Collection. Their collections will be featured in The Creative Spot, a platform dedicated to showcase new talents at Fidenza Village, just outside of Milan.
The finalists are Gilberto Calzolari, whose look was created using jute coffee bags from Brazil; Teatum Jones, who created a dress made

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‘American Idol’ Finale: Three Finalists Will Perform Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, Journey Hits

The “American Idol” reboot is coming to a conclusion with its two-part season finale airing tonight (May 20) and tomorrow (May 21) on ABC with the top three battling to be crowned the new winner. Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Maddie Poppe and Gabby Barrett are set to perform tonight, with the top two to be revealed […]

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Isko Names Finalists for I-skool Denim Talent Awards

CASTELFRANCO VENETO, Italy — Leading Turkish denim mill Isko has unveiled the finalists for its Isko I-skool Denim Talent Awards with a three-day trip to the company’s Creative Room design and research headquarters here, from March 18 to 20.
The award ceremony for the best designs will take place in July, although a date and location have yet to be disclosed.
The company selected 20 projects among the 216 submitted by fashion students hailing from countries including the U.S., China, Italy and South Korea, among others. The finalists were invited to Castelfranco Veneto to visit Isko’s design department and attend seminars, workshops and research programs.
The next generation of fashion designers were challenged to develop a manifesto and a collection around the “Undocumented” theme, focusing on a new take on denim. “Denim has been the lead in dressing social changes over the past 200 years, I believe it can be like that in the future as well, if you think out of the box,” said Isko’s brand director Fabio Di Liberto.
“For the fifth edition [of the contest] we focused on giving the students the chance to become change agents,” continued Di Liberto, highlighting how he noticed the students are improving their skills every

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Five Finalists in Green Carpet Talent Competition Revealed

MILAN — Matea Benedetti, Calcaterra, CO|TE, Leo Studio Design and Tiziano Guardini were revealed on Tuesday as the five finalists of the CNMI Green Carpet Talent Competition.
Launched in March by Italy’s Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and Eco-Age, founded by Livia Firth, the competition invited emerging designers to create a bespoke look celebrating Italian craftsmanship and sustainable innovation, as well as social and environmental values, and produced in Italy. Value Retail has signed on as a partner. The five finalists will be invited to attend The Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia, to be held on Sept. 24 at the La Scala theater in Milan, during Fashion Week.
Benedetti created a look crafted from apple waste, a uniquely Italian innovation, created in Bolzano, Italy, while Daniele Calcaterra’s look features “feathers” made by weaving hemp rope, organic cotton organza and silk. The suiting is made with Tencel, a fiber made from wood pulp, sourced responsibly from sustainable forest plantations and produced in a closed loop process to ensure virtually all water and solvents are continually re-used, powered by renewable energy.
The look by CO|TE, conceived by creative directors Francesco Ferrari and Tomaso Anfossi, was produced in Lombardy, and features organic silk shirting and undergarments crafted from

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International Woolmark Prize Names European Finalists

MILAN — The International Woolmark Prize revealed its European regional finalists here on Tuesday, with David Laport and L’Homme Rouge winning for women’s wear and men’s wear, respectively.
The winners will receive 70,000 Australian dollars as a contribution to develop their final collection to be presented at the international finals that will take place in Florence in January.
Winners of the final competition will earn an additional 200,000 Australian dollars to invest in the development of their business and the opportunity to have their collections distributed by prominent retailers, such as Harvey Nichols in the U.K, L’Eclaireur in Paris and Boon the Shop in South Korea.
For the regional competition, Dutch designer Laport realized a feminine orange dress crafted in Merino wool crepe fabric and inspired by David Hockney’s “A Bigger Splash” painting.
“He walked in and I just though ‘wow’ at first sight, without even speaking,” said Edward Buchanan, creative director of the Sansovino 6 label, who was part of the women’s wear judging panel. “There was a simplicity and a joy, which we’re missing in fashion right now,” he added.
Regarding the craftsmanship, Buchanan praised Laport’s use of Merino wool, which, “along with David’s delicacy in crafting the details, has enhanced the freshness of

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CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists Named

The 10 finalists of the 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund have been named. They are: Ahlem Manai-Platt of Ahlem; Becca McCharen-Tran of Chromat; Christopher Bevans of Dyne; Victor Glemaud; Jordan Askill; Matthew Harris of Mateo New York; Eli Azran of RTA; Sandy Liang; Telfar Clemens of Telfar LLC, and Patric DiCaprio, Bryn Taubensee, David Moses and Claire Sully of Vaquera. 
The winner and two runners-up will be revealed Nov. 6 at a gala in New York. The winner will receive a cash prize of $ 400,000 and the two runners-up will take home $ 150,000 each. In the meantime, the designers are put through a set of challenges before the selection committee, which includes Joseph Altuzarra, Eva Chen, Mark Holgate, Jeffrey Kalinsky, Steven Kolb, Roopal Patel, Nicole Phelps, Andrew Rosen and Diane von Furstenberg. One of the design challenges includes a fashion show staged at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles in October.
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is underwritten by Caleres, Coach Foundation, J. Crew, IMG Fashion, Lane Bryant, LifeWtr, MAC Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Vogue.

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Caleres, Saint Louis Fashion Fund Name Emerging Designer Finalists

On Monday night, a bit of the Midwest came to New York City for the announcement of the Caleres Emerging Designer Award finalists, presented by the Saint Louis Fashion Fund. Designers from six brands were recognized in contention for the award, a $ 25,000 grant to be chosen on Nov. 4, during Saint Louis Fashion Week: Julie Haus and Jason Alkire of Haus Alkire, Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta of Eckhaus Latta, Azede Jean-Pierre, Katharine Polk of Houghton, Brandon Sun, and Jordana Warmflash of Novis.
The announcement came in the form of a cocktail party, held at the Caleres (formerly known as Brown Shoe Company) and Sam Edelman showroom in Midtown Manhattan, and hosted by Diane Sullivan, chief executive officer, president and chairman of Caleres, along with Sam and Libby Edelman, Tomoko Ogura, Roopal Patel, Lisa Perry and Gary Wassner. Before presenting the finalists, Elizabeth Tucker, creator of Saint Louis Fashion Week, gave a brief introduction about the importance of the program. “The startup scene is booming in the city of Saint Louis, so I would love to recognize Diane Sullivan for her vision and realizing that a huge part of this equation is attracting, retraining and developing designers as a part of

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International Woolmark Prize Selects 12 Global Finalists

The 2015-16 International Woolmark Prize global finalists have all been decided.
The six men’s wear finalists will compete in January at Pitti Uomo in Florence, while the six women’s wear finalists will face off in New York in February.
The six men’s wear nominees are Munsoo Kwon (Asia); P. Johnson (Australia); Agi & Sam (British Isles), Jonathan Christopher (Europe) Suketdhir (India, Pakistan and Middle East), and Siki Im (U.S.).
The six women’s wear nominees are J Koo (Asia), Bianca Spender (Australia), Teatum Jones (British Isles), Nanna van Blaaderen (Europe), Taller Marmo (India, Pakistan and Middle East), and Tanya Taylor (U.S.).
“The International Woolmark Prize is a truly global celebration of emerging talent,” said Stuart McCullough, managing director of The Woolmark Co. “The competition not only allows the participating designers to share their vision on the world’s stage, it provides them with the opportunity for far-reaching commercial success.”
Ultimately, the two winners will receive $ 100,000 Australian dollars, or about $ 73,000 at current exchange rate and the opportunity to have their collection carried in Harvey Nichols in London; 10 Corso Como in Milan, Beijing and Shanghai; Matchesfashion.com; Mytheresa.com; Saks Fifth Avenue in the U.S.; Joyce in China; Isetan Mitsukoshi in Japan; Boutique 1 in the United Arab

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U.S. Finalists Vie for Regional Woolmark Prize

On Tuesday, the two U.S. winners of the 2015-16 regional Woolmark Prize will be selected at Milk Studios Penthouse in New York.
Five women’s wear and five men’s wear designers will compete for the two spots and the opportunity to participate in the international finals. One men’s wear and one women’s wear designer will be selected by a jury based on sketches of a six-piece merino wool capsule collection, with one garment actually produced. The two winners will receive a financial contribution of 50,000 Australian dollars, or about $ 37,000 at the current exchange rate, toward their next collection.
In addition to New York, five other regional competitions take place in London, Shanghai, Sydney, British Isles, Dubai, and Antwerp, Belgium. Two winners from each region will go on to compete in the international finals. The international men’s wear final will be held at Pitti Uomo in Florence in January, and the six women’s wear finalists will meet in New York in February.
The two international winners will receive $ 100,000 Australian dollars, or about $ 74,200, each and the opportunity to have their collection carried in Harvey Nichols in London; 10 Corso Como in Milan, Beijing and Shanghai; Matchesfashion.com; Mytheresa.com; Saks Fifth Avenue in the U.S.;

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ASME Announces Finalists For 2015 National Magazine Awards

The American Society of Magazine Editors revealed the nominees for its annual National Magazine Awards during an hour-long Twittercast Thursday.

A total of 66 outlets were nominated across two dozen categories, with publications competing for distinctions in everything from reporting to fiction to design to video. Better Homes and Gardens, Cosmopolitan, The Hollywood Reporter, New York and Vogue, however, are the five publications in the running for the group’s most esteemed award, Magazine of the Year. Bloomberg Businessweek, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Politico and The New Republic are also among the magazines to receive multiple nominations.

“The National Magazine Awards 2015 finalists demonstrate the enduring power of magazine journalism in print and on websites and mobile,” Sid Holt, chief executive of ASME, said in a statement. “Whether it’s politics, fashion, sports or the kind of service journalism that only magazines can do, readers know that their favorite print and digital magazines are where to find information and entertainment they can trust.”

A handful of memorable articles are also up for top prizes. Monica Lewinsky’s “Shame and Survival,” for Vanity Fair, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ long-form cover story “The Case for Reparations,” for The Atlantic, are both finalists for ASME’s Essays and Criticism award, which “honors interpretative and critical journalism.”

For the full list of 2015 National Magazine Awards nominees, head over to the American Society of Magazine Editors.
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