London Fashion Week is always an acclaimed yet super busy time for fashionista’s, designers and industry experts alike, however this season also managed to squeeze in the accolade of this years annual International Woolmark Prize 2013 with an event held at the ME Hotel on the second day of fashion week. And, after a 12 month search Christian Wijnants scooped the exclusive Woolmark prize!
The Woolmark prize is the only major fashion award specifically dedicated to knitwear design, whilst supporting outstanding young designers and helping them make the next step into the retail industry. With a designer-led panel of judges, consisting of Natalie Massenet – Chairman of the British Fashion Council, alongside Victoria Beckham, Donatella Versace, Diane von Furstenberg, Franca Sozzani (Vogue Italia Editor-in-chief) and Tim Blanks (Style.com’s Editor-at-large) they selected the winner from six finalists all representing different regions around the globe.
The nominees included Dion Lee (Australia), Ban Xiao Xue (China), Christian Wijnants (Europe – Belgium), Pankaj & Nidhi (India), DRESSEDUNDRESSED (Japan) and Sophie Theallet (USA), who all showed their capsule knitwear collections via a runway show before the winner was announced.
Wijnants winning collection was created from pure Merino wool, and started with a single white yarn which was progressively worked into one piece, chunky knit garments. Franca Sozzani explained why he was the stand out candidate, stating “Christian invented a new shape and made it possible with an industrial production process. His designs are flattering, feminine and sexy, a modern interpretation of wool!“. His prize includes the placement of his collection in leading retail stores around the globe, including Harvey Nichols London, Hong Kong’s Joyce, Sydney’s David Jones, Bergdorf Goodman and Milan’s fashion emporium 10 Corso Como, and will be available to buy from September.
To read more about this years International Woolmark Prize click here.