London Fashion Fringe Finalists announced

by Katie on June 6, 2010

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Thankfully we don’t yet have Britain’s Got Talent for Fashion. (Simon, if you’re reading, I’m copyrighting that one so ya boo sucks).

Instead, we have the round of end of year catwalk shows from the fashion colleges up and down the country, Graduate Fashion Week and Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden. To those not familiar with how Britain goes about finding it’s next tranche of designers ready to challenge the conventionality of New York and the commercialism of Milan, the latter is one of the lauded schemes to encourage fresh, inspiring talent. Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden is an annual project launched to find and nurture undiscovered British designers. Previous winners have included Erdem Moralioglu and Basso & Brooke.

On Friday 4th June, three Fashion Fringe finalists were announced by John Galliano, current Chairman of Fashion Fringe, Covent Garden. The three chosen finalists were Alice Palmer, a graduate of the Royal College of Art; Jade Kang, a graduate of the London College of Fashion; and Corrie Nielsen, a former Central Saint Martins student.

This is when the trio’s work begins. The finalists will spend June, July and August working on their collections which will be showcased at London Fashion Week the following September. During this time they will take part in an intensive mentoring programme with additional funds, studio space at the London College of Fashion, and technical assistance to create 8-12 “looks” for their capsule collection. The winner will then be announced following their eagerly anticipated catwalk show during London Fashion Week in September 2010.

Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden is to be applauded for encouraging and mentoring design talent in Britain. Many young designers fall at the first hurdle when the reality of commerce is intertwined with the vagaries of fashion design. The Fashion Fringe Chairman himself (John Galliano) met this head on when he moved his business from London to Paris, only to be saved by fashion’s avenging angel, Anna Wintour, and her long line of business contacts.
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Cherie City June 7, 2010 at 8:48 am

I loved alice palmer’s batman-inspired show at LFW, great quality innovative knitwear at an affordable price point. The other two are very strong too.


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