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Everyone knows how it goes for the emerging designer: a graduate collection, a taste of success, and, if you’re lucky, a place in a showcase at fashion week. But what comes next? That was the question IMG Fashion set out to answer, with the help of shipping giant DHL, in the form of DHL Exported, a program set up to help some more-established designers. DHL will underwrite the cost of bringing the collections of four designers to a foreign market for two consecutive seasons, meaning hometown heroes can spread their wings and fly further afield. The winning designers will stage their shows as part of Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 fashion weeks, beginning this September in New York.
Announcing the winners at London’s Sanderson Hotel on Tuesday became a little like a game of fashion musical chairs: Local talent Henry Holland will be transplanted to Tokyo, while Nicholas K heads to Milan. Hakaan Yildirim, who shows in Paris, will launch H by Hakaan in London, and Italian rising star Francesca Liberatore is off to New York. Each city’s award was determined by a panel of regional experts including Carla Sozzani in Milan, Nicole Miller in New York, and IMG’s vice president and global creative director, Jarrad Clark.
International expansion isn’t financially available to many smaller brands, so this kind of support could make the fashion world a much more accessible place. “Two seasons of support was paramount to us,” Clark explained. “It’s the opportunity for designers to show their brand in a different market, but then to make contacts and build on that relationship.” DHL will be supporting these designers through logistics, shipping, and staging the shows themselves. “Everybody in fashion uses DHL. It’s about so much more than just the big yellow box.”
London-based designer Hakaan Yildirim, who was slated to show his Spring 2013 collection tomorrow in Paris, has been forced to call off his show because the clothes were lost by the courier company. The Turkish-born up-and-comer, who won the ANDAM Award in 2010 and debuted his Hakaan line at London fashion week the same year (with the likes of Kate Moss, Emmanuelle Alt, and Carine Roitfeld all in the front row), is reportedly remaking the show pieces for editors and buyers to view in the showroom. The clothes will be available for editorial requests as usual.
Here at Style.com, we’ve always got our eyes peeled for the next big model, but closing in on the Spring ’13 shows, there’s a unanimous inter-office consensus that the one girl we’d most like to see stalking the runways next month isn’t a fresh face, but Daria Werbowy. The 28-year-old Canadian first captured our hearts in the mid-aughts, but despite a steady stream of editorial and commercial work, she all but disappeared from the runways after 2008—with the exception of cameo appearances at Balmain and Hakaan for Spring ’11. Considering how good she’s looking on the September cover of Paris Vogue, on newsstands today, and in Céline’s Fall ads, we’d say there’s no time better than the present for a fashion week comeback. Daria, consider this our official entreaty.
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Last week in Paris, as is typically the case, the season’s trends came into focus and the top newcomers broke away from the pack. Front-runners Nadja Bender and Marie Piovesan finished out the marathon month with about 50 shows apiece, while Vanessa Axente (pictured) and Elza Luijendijk, who both debuted as Prada exclusives, made their respective impacts on the runways that matter. Axente opened Valentino and Celine, and walked Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, and Miu Miu, among others. And naturally, there are already Prada campaign rumors swirling around the 16-year-old Hungarian stunner—but then again, that’s always a given when Miuccia selects you to open her influential Milan show. Luijendijk, who we think is a dead ringer for a young Michelle Pfeiffer, bookended Yves Saint Laurent and scored other highly selective spots in the Balenciaga and Hakaan shows. While these new girls definitely stepped it up, possibly the most inspiring model story this season was the handful of models who unexpectedly came out of the woodwork—girls like Ava Smith and Kel Markey, who had been flying under the radar for quite some time and then started turning up on all the major Fall catwalks. Proof that you don’t necessarily need a white-hot first outing to make it big in this industry—just a little perseverance, a striking personality (and look), and maybe a superstar booker.
For Spring, the question on designers’ minds was: What would Yves Saint Laurent do? Everyone from Marc Jacobs to Gucci‘s Frida Giannini took pages straight from the late great’s playbook, showing seventies-inspired designs. There was no lack of jumpsuits on the runways, but in contrast to recent seasons, these were more Studio 54 dance floor than airplane hangar or mechanics’ garage.
Trussardi 1911‘s Milan Vukmirovic told Style.com, “The jumpsuit is great for evening because it’s a cool, all-in-one version of the tuxedo. It makes women look sexy.” At Hakaan and The Row, plunging necklines added an extra dose of glamour. If you’re going for something a little less racy, follow the lead of Celine‘s Phoebe Philo, who tossed a blazer over her strapless jumpsuit to accept her Designer of the Year prize at the British Fashion Awards.
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