Meet the nominees 2014/15

2014/15 International Woolmark Prize contenders prepare to test their mettle

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As the regional finals approach, meet the designers from every corner of the globe set to battle it out to be awarded the prestigious International Woolmark Prize for 2014/15. Here, we introduce you to the contenders from the five regions…

ASIA

Finals: July 17—Tokyo Japan

Womenswear nominees:

AMBELL (Japan)

Designer Bunzo Kadono’s label, launched in 2009 is intended to please through sight, smell and touch.

GREEDILOUS (South Korea)

Since 2009, designer Younhee Park’s futuristic modernity has attempted to capture the authenticity of haute couture, but with an eye on sustainability.

HEI LAU (Hong Kong)

Draping is the essence of Hei Lau’s eponymous label, combining elegance with effortless chic and placing emphasis on shape and silhouette.

JO QIAO DING (China)

Jo Qiao Ding combines the oriental aesthetic of “CHIC Chinese style” with the use of natural fabrics to create a wearable, contemporary collection.

motonari ono (Japan)

First established in 2006, montonari ono designs with a certain romanticism and delicacy, balanced by strong, menswear inspired tailoring details.

NISHE (Hong Kong)

The creation of Hong Kong-based Australian Polly Siu, NISHE is an expression of the designer’s belief that there are no rules or boundaries in design and art.

TOE (South Korea)

Classic feminine tailoring, minimalist silhouettes and a hint of retro texture are the hallmarks of designer Choon Ho Yoon’s label.

VMAJOR (China)

Combining creativity and commercialism, Victor Zhu and Nicole Lin pursue an open-minded design philosophy that draws on their cultural origins.

Menswear nominees:

BEAUTYBERRY (China)

Combining traditional Chinese handicrafts with modern industrial culture, Wang Yutao encapsulates his label’s philosophy of “simplicity, nature and peace”.

HARRISON WONG (Hong Kong)

For his eponymous label, Harrison Wong offers urban apparel for men that is edgy and aggressive yet emitting an understated elegance.

SISE (Japan)

Designer Seishin Matsui creates modern, simplistic garments executed with impeccable tailoring for a smart, European-influenced sensibility.

ZSAINT (South Korea)

Creative director Jisang Kim’s modernist style brings an understated individuality that combines an artistic point of view with a marketable mindset.

AUSTRALIA

Finals: 16 July - Sydney, Australia

Womenswear nominees:

GARTH COOK

The perfect merging of soft femininity and a defined contemporary edge, Garth Cook’s designs are distinguished by his use of high quality, luxe fabrics and masterful construction.

KARLA SPETIC

Since launching in 2005, Karla Spetic has delivered trademark tailoring and distinctive colours and prints with masculine elements and relaxed silhouettes.

MICHAEL LO SORDO

Distinctive in its simplicity, Michael Lo Sordo’s aesthetic is sophisticated and luxurious, realised in staple and statement pieces.

PHOENIX KEATING

Debuting in 2009, Phoenix Keating’s eponymous label has garnered national and global attention from leading stylists, celebrities and editors.

STRATEAS.CARLUCCI

Peter Strateas and Mario Luca Carlucci focus their creative output around construction and tailoring, adopting utilitarian detailing with handcrafted elements.

TRISTAN MELLE

With a keen eye for finishing and dressing a woman’s body, Tristan Melle’s taste for print and fabric mixing fuses unique and exciting textures.

Menswear nominees

FROM BRITTEN P/L

Brothers Alexander and Tim Britten-Finschi balance the line between fashion and function through high quality design, construction and fabrication.

HAN

Khim Hang’s label is formed on a foundation of a harmonious mixture of refined minimalist architectural design crossed with classical construction.

SONG FOR THE MUTE

With a unique design philosophy and unflinching attention to detail, Melvin Tanaya and Lyna Ty stand out for their masterful use of bespoke fabrics.

STRATEAS.CARLUCCI

Peter Strateas and Mario Luca Carlucci focus their creative output around construction and tailoring, adopting utilitarian detailing with handcrafted elements.

EUROPE

Finals: 8 July – Paris, France

Womenswear nominees:

1205 (United Kingdom)

Spawned by a need for timeless and utilitarian clothing, Paula Gerbase’s 1205 label strikes an intriguing balance between masculinity and femininity.

ANNE SOFIE MADSEN (Denmark)

A label aiming to reinterpret the traditions of handwork and bring couture techniques to contemporary materials and silhouettes.

ARTHUR ARBESSER (Italy)

Austrian born and raised, Arthur Arbesser launched his namesake womenswear in 2013, a harmonious union of seemingly opposed influences.

AUGUSTIN TEBOUL (Germany)

Inspired by Surrealism, French designer Odély Teboul and partner Annelie Augustin of Germany create a label straddling ready-to-wear and haute couture.

ELSIEN GRINGHUIS (Netherlands)

For her eponymous label, Elsien Gringhuis’ design principal is based on sustainability for wearable, functional designs with the quality to deliver a long life.

ETIENNE DEROEUX (France)

Driven by a deep interest in the history of sportswear, Etienne Deroeux subtly merges these influences with architectural lines and volumes.

IMRECZEOVÁ (Czech Republic)

Simple and slightly avant-garde luxury-casual womenswear is the name of the game for designer Zdeňka Impreczeová.

JEAN-PAUL LESPAGNARD (Belgium)

With a gift for eloquently expressing an optimistic world, Jean-Paul Lespagnard’s originality is tinged with irreverence.

NIHAN PEKER (Turkey)

Since establishing a brand bearing her own name, Nihan Peker has exhibited her collections in concept stores across Istanbul and consults with renowned brands.

RABANEDA (Spain)

Born in Seville, Daniel M. Rabaneda discovered his passion for couture in his home town, designing his first collection in 2010.

Menswear nominees:

ADO LES SCENTS (Netherlands)

Utterly contemporary, but tapping into what he considers timeless style, Korean born designer Hyun Yeu creates clothes for men not afraid to stand out and show a vulnerable side.

AGI & SAM (United Kingdom)

With a strong emphasis on entirely bespoke textiles and humour, Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton believe fashion should never be taken too seriously.

ASGER JUEL LARSEN (Denmark)

Living in a state of romance, warfare and gothic utopia, Asger has a dark jungle of ideas that pushes menswear into psychotic sophistication.

CAMO (Italy)

As an abbreviation of camouflage, the purpose of CAMO, is not to dress people but to put them in touch with what they wear.

CEDRIC JACQUEMYN (Belgium)

Rich in layers, meanings and contradictions, Cedric Jacquemyn’s clothes reconcile ancestral narratives with urban references.

ETXEBERRIA (Spain)

Rooted in the tradition of classic tailoring while treading a contemporary path, Roberto Etxeberria updates the male figure with volumes that are more feminine.

MELINDA GLOSS (France)

Mathieu de Ménonville and Rémi de Laquintane design sharp garments with contrasting patterns and graphics, inspired by a smooth accuracy of ratios and proportions. 

PAVEL IVANČIC (Czech Republic)

Establishing his eponymous label in 2011, the Czech born designer is known for his innovative yet functional design and conceptual approach to shows.

SERDAR UZUNTAS (Turkey)

A label comprising simple, easy-to-wear items with interesting details, sometimes taken from Turkish culture, designed in London and produced in Istanbul using Italian fabrics.

VLADIMIR KARALEEV (Germany)

Influenced by contemporary art, this Bulgarian-born designer creates apparel which achieves the balance between geometrically abstracted lines and the functionality of each piece.

INDIA & MIDDLE EAST



Finals: July 3 - Mumbai, India

Womenswear nominees:

AKAARO (India)

The brainchild of textile designer Gaurav Jai Gupta, the AKAARO philosophy is a focus on fabric and the importance of developing new technologies in the design process and hand looms.

BIRD ON A WIRE (Lebanon)

Beirut-based Rayya Morcos founded Bird on a Wire in 2009, combining technology, wearability and noble materials to interpret the objects around us.

HOUSE OF FATAM (UAE)

Chic, eccentric and elegant, HOF, as it is known, is the project of three sisters. Fatma, Lamya and Shaima Gargash have a vision of beauty, vibrancy and colour.

KHAADI KHAAS (Pakistan)

Shamoon Sultan’s interest in indigenous hand woven fabric crafts led to Khaadi, utilising the work of artisans for colourful fashion and accessories.

LARA KHOURY (Lebanon)

Sincere, bold, moving and minimalist, Lara Khoury is concerned with detail, carrying a passion for innovation, experimentation and freedom.

SANIA MASKATIYA (Pakistan)

Designing under the label Chamak since 2007, Sania Maskatiya reflects a balance between elegance, comfort and practicality.

ZUBAIR KIRMANI (India)

Integrating the rich heritage of his Kashmiri roots, Zubair Kirmani offers his take on global fashion via an underlying vision of contemporary minimalism.

Menswear nominees:

BARKHA 'N' SONZAL (India)

Taking a blank slate approach to design, sisters Barkha and Sonzal Sharma take inspiration from world travels, spiritual quests, dance, music, Indian martial art kalaripayyat and yoga.

REPUBLIC (Pakistan)

Never shy to take risks and experiment with trends, Omar Farooq researched elemental designs for the urban man to create Republic’s signature cuts and styles.

THE EMPEROR 1688 (UAE)

Brothers Babak, Haman and Farhan Golkar create an innovative luxury brand sourcing inspiration from classical architecture, world culture and traditional English tailoring.

USA



Finals: New York City, USA

Womenswear nominees:

JONATHAN SIMKHAI

The New Yorker’s love affair with fashion began young, growing into a label with a carefree boy-meets-girl style that is sophisticated, modern and cosmopolitan.

M.PATMOS

With a focus on function and timeless layers rendered in architectural, sophisticated and modern silhouettes, Marcia Patmos finds effortless balance in her M.PATMOS label.

NONOO

Born in Bahrain and based in New York, Misha Nonoo’s work showcases a unique look for the sophisticated urbanite that is quintessentially British as heart.

ROSIE ASSOULIN

Debuting for Resort 2014, Rosie Assoulin’s eponymous label is an experimentation in beautiful Italian wools, silk yarns and candy-coloured velvets for a technically intricate yet wearable collection.

WHIT

Joining her love of classic silhouettes with an irreverent downtown New York sensibility, Whitney Pozgay’s clean shapes are energised by playful details.

Menswear nominees:

a.a. ANTONIO AZZUOLO

Born in Montreal, Azzuolo lends focus to the street style of his adopted city of New York, incorporating the craft and luxury he learned working for top fashion houses in Paris.

MARK MCNAIRY NEW AMSTERDAM

Defined by a strong sense of sartorial history with an eye fixed on the future, Mark McNairy draws on vast knowledge of American and English tradition and a dedication to craftsmanship.

OVADIA & SONS

Twin brothers Ariel and Shimon Ovadia were born in Israel and, inspired by music, fashion and street culture, started their label in New York in 2010 with no formal training.

PUBLIC SCHOOL

Designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne represent the convergence and restless energy of New York, blending high and low references for a unique, precisely detailed point of view.

TIMO WEILAND

Founded in 2009 by Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein, the duo were joined by Donna Kang, drawing on a mutual interest in European history, travel and a flair for dapper dressing.

TODD SNYDER

Iowa native Todd Snyder learned the art of cutting and sewing at the Des Moines haberdashery Badowers and is inspired by Saville Row craftsmanship and military tailoring, whilst striving to deliver on the rubric of his Dadowers' mentor: “a perfectly fitted suit makes the man”.

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