20 posts tagged "Marios Schwab"
…Or one of seven of his talented countrymen. British designer Christopher Kane found his line among eight shortlisted for the inaugural BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, an up-and-comer’s prize sponsored by the British Fashion Council and British Vogue. (The award is modeled on a similar initiative of its American counterpart.) In addition to Kane, Angel Jackson, Clements Ribeiro, Savile Row house E.Tautz, Erdem, Marios Schwab, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Richard Nicoll—most of whom will show at London fashion week next month—are in the running for the £200,000 award, which comes with industry mentorship (and, no small boon itself, coverage in the May 2010 issue of British Vogue, where the winner will be announced). Editor in chief Alexandra Shulman will chair the judging panel. We’re sure she’s too professional to give any inkling of her own preference, but the tea leaf readers of fashion will no doubt be scrutinizing her label choices all the same.
Ask Marios Schwab for the picture that comes to mind when he thinks of Halston, and he’ll admit that he reaches for the same mental snapshot we all do: Bianca Jagger, in a draped black dress, entering Studio 54 on a white horse. Unlike the rest of us, however, Schwab has the chance to conjure a new vision of Halston, one scrambled out of the brand’s sexy, seventies-heyday DNA but updated in Schwab’s own image. Last week, it was announced that the London-based Schwab would be taking the reins at Halston, a label that’s seen its share of troubles since Roy Halston Frowick exited the stage. Since 1983, the Halston legacy has been entrusted to more than a half-dozen designers, with fitful success. The previous designer, Marco Zanini, lasted only two seasons. Schwab has a rather formidable challenge before him as he seeks to turn the ship around. And the Greek-Austrian designer will be upping the ante for himself by continuing to design his eponymous label, which launched in 2005 and earned him the Best New Designer prize at the British Fashion Awards in 2006 and the prestigious Swiss Textiles Award in 2007. Here, Schwab talks to Style.com about moving into the house that Roy built.
Congratulations! I’m sure a lot of people are crawling out the woodwork to say that. Are you feeling overwhelmed?
I’m happy. Overwhelmed…not as much. This was quite a lengthy process, with Halston, so I’ve had a lot of opportunity to settle my nerves.
Given the apocalyptic retail forecasts, the chance for an up-and-coming designer to win 100,000 euros in the Swiss Textiles/Stella Award was especially exciting this year. (In fact, we bet that some established designers wish they qualified for consideration.) Sister act Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte walked away with the honors last night, after presenting their collection alongside a worthy cast of contenders Richard Nicoll, Louise Goldin, and Jean-Pierre Braganza. While accepting the award, Kate teared up onstage. “It’s just so overwhelming,” she said. Indeed. This year saw the sisters scoop up the CFDA’s Swarovski Award while garnering extensive editorial attention. Last year’s winner, Marios Schwab, was on hand to pass the baton after presenting his stellar Spring 2009 collection. Asked if he had any advice for young designers winning big cash prizes, Schwab offered, “You have to be very careful that you continue your ideals. Certainly, when you don’t have money, creativity is more experimental. My advice is to stay humble and spend [it] on things that will be valuable for the future.”
Fashion Week notes from the Guardian journalist and author of The Meaning of Sunglasses. Look out for more animated opinions in the days ahead.