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The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation is toasting the new year with a fresh crop of winners. Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra of Altuzarra, Ross Menuez of Salvor Projects, and Phillipe Rollano and David Trujillo of The Blonds swooped up the prizes in the women's category. The men's accolade went to Siki Im, and Irini Arakas of Prova got the award for accessories. Last but not least, John Patrick of Organic won the new sustainable design category. Each winner will receive $25,000 to go toward his/her Fall collection.
The winners will show off their lusty designs in the first-ever Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation runway show — which will also feature a documentary about the foundation and the winners — at New York Fashion Week on Feb. 15. Congrats to all!
The recipients of Ecco Domani's 2009 Fashion Foundation awards have been announced. The womenswear category winners are Lyn Devon, Matthew Ames, Cushnie et Ochs by Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, and Ohne Titel by Alexa Adams and Flora Gill. Corpus, by Jerrod Cornish and Keith Richardson, took the honor in menswear, and jeweler Monique Péan received the prize in the accessories group.
In addition, Bodkin Brooklyn designers Eviana Hartman and Samantha Pleet were granted an inaugural award for sustainable design. Each emerging label will receive a $25,000 grant towards their show at NY Fashion Week in February. They join the list of past beneficiaries, which includes Alexander Wang, Zac Posen, and Rodarte. Congratulations to all — we can't wait to see more from these talented designers!
Lyn Devon's understanding of cool, American sportswear has made her the recipient of a Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award this year.. Devon, a 23 year old New York native, got her started working for Zac Posen and Ralph Lauren before launching her own label in 2005. Since then the designer has been quickly gaining momentum with positive reviews from WWD and Style.com in addition to countless magazines credits. Her Spring 2009 collection featured practical sportswear-inspired pieces that balanced masculine and feminine silhouettes beautifully. Devon often refers to her range as 'no-nonsense' and we find that sentiment to be well-timed indeed. Check out her Spring 2009 look book right here.
Ecco Domani has just added some green power to their Fashion Foundation by adding a sustainable design award to its existing program.
“The fashion industry as a whole is taking an important step towards eco-conscious design and production. Through this new award we are proud to acknowledge those emerging designers who are using their talent to make a difference in the world in which we live” , said David Bowman, senior director of marketing at Ecco Domani Wines.
The award will be open to a women's or menswear designer who exemplifies their commitment to sustainability based on three criteria: environment, social equity, and economic viability.
The 2009 winners, one in sustainable design, four womenswear, one menswear, and one accessories designer will each receive $25,000 towards their showing at NY Fall Fashion Week in February. This year's winners had a lot to say and we hope next year's will be just as exciting.
FYI, this contest is open to designers from all levels so if you're blessed with a sewing thumb, you can enter, too. For more information on how to apply, check out Eccodomani.com.
You will find clothes that encompass her personal background in Wayne D. Lee of WAYNE's clothes. The Vietnamese-born designer and Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation winner comes from a long line of tailors and believes that fashion is in her blood. I'm with you sister. Well, the fashion in the blood part. I do not come from a lineage of tailors, but I do want to hear what Wayne has to say. If you do too, a few Fab words . . .
What kind of girl do you design for?
I design for girls who have their own independent style and personality, someone who's also adventurous and not afraid to take risks.
What are your favorite fabrics to work with? The toughest fabrics to work with?
Fave Fabrics: wools and cottons. Toughest: silks.
What's your next trip destination?
To learn more about Wayne and to see more of her clothes, read more
One glimpse at Emma Fletcher's designs for Lyell and you get the sense that she takes her job very seriously. Her Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation win proves that she does outstanding work. The Australia native also owns a small boutique in NYC's Nolita neighborhood called Lyell, which stocks rare vintage finds from European designers, as well as her own vintage-inspired merchandise. We recently caught up with Emma to pick her brain. A few Fab words, if you will . . .
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in the last year?
Up until recently, which I don't know if it's out of fear or a innate wanting to be out on my own, I always aimed at only wanting to make clothes for myself and for the store. Keeping everything nice and simple. But as more interest and demand is coming my way, I understand the value of having a show, and expanding Lyell's reach. The award has really forced me into a whole new realm of exposure that is as equally scary as it is exciting. The big lesson is it pays to be involved and talk to people and get help.
To read more of Emma's interview and to see more of her creations, read more
She started out designing stagewear for rockers like Steven Tyler and then started her own proper line in 2006. In a very short time, the rockin' appeal of Elise Øverland's chiffon dresses, cropped leather jackets, and fitted leather leggings have earned her some die-hard fans and serious accolades. I was lucky enough to snag the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation winner for a few Fab words . . .
Do you have a muse?
Hope Atherton. She started out as my friend with the same stream of creative conciseness, but now she's more my Siamese twin, grown out of my left hip.
What do you consider your forte? Your biggest design challenges?
The creative part of me drips out of my fingertips all day, but the biggest challenge is to balance that with the business side. The financial side is linear and mathematical following time and space, whereas the creative side is vertical and taps into a world not existing of these rules. This dilemma always stresses me out.
To read who her favorite designer is and to see more of her work, read more
The crisp and youthful designs of José Ramón Réyes of Réyes may be familiar to some of you. We have featured them on Fab a few times. Edging his way as a designer of tomorrow, this Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation winner will be showing for the third time in New York's upcoming Fashion Week. While I hope to bring you his newest creations he is putting the finishing touches on very soon, he has shared some insights with us as well as a sketch from his upcoming Fall collection. Cool, huh? A few Fab words . . .
What's been the biggest challenge for you?
Every season there's a new challenge......I feel that the more the business grows the more challenging it gets. At the same time I also grow as an individual and therefore learn to deal with the stress and the challenges in a different manner.
Who do you design clothes for? Describe the Réyes girl?
She’s a girl who loves clothes and enjoy getting dressed up but never in a pretentious way!
A word of advice to other young aspiring designers?
Stick to your vision and what you believe in. Moving forward and learning from your mistakes and very important. Pick yourself up as soon as you fall.
To read more about Réyes and to see some faves from his Spring collection, read more