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Parisian couture meets Ottoman opulence at Dice Kayek

Reading about awards bestowed in the fashion industry you will stumble upon most interesting fashion labels. Paris based Dice Kayek masterfully blends Istanbul's cultural heritage with contemporary French couture. Launched in 1992 by sisters Ayse and Ece Ege, the Turkish label quickly gained its place in the competitive fashion world.

Jameel Prize awarded collection of Dice KayekJameel Prize awarded collection of Dice Kayek

Alexander Wang wins CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award

CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund announced the winner of its fifth edition, Monday, 17 November at Skylight Studios, New York. The award, consisting in a $200,000 US prize plus a year of business mentoring by a fashion industry insider went to young&hip designer Alexander Wang.

At only 24, he outbeat some of the best American design talents including Richard Chai, Jason Wu, Juan Carlos Obando, Obedient Sons & Daughters and John Patrick of Organic.

Alexander Wang F/W 2008/09

Fashion Fringe Competition @ LFW

One of the most looked-for events at London Fashion Week, Fashion Fringe talent competition announced its winner, yesterday, September 18th, after a press show at Covent Garden.

This year, the contest, known as a true launching pad for international labels such as Basso&Brooke, Sinha-Stanic and Erdem, had Donatella Versace as honorary chairwoman and £100,000 as the money prize.

The Fashion Fringe award went to Korean designer Eun Jeong Hong from Go By a Secret Path label who presented a wonderful all-white collection that included Grecian-inspired draped tunics, cropped slim trousers, sleeveless blazers and outstanding pieces made from several tiers of cotton lace petals.

Karstadt New Generation Award: Berlin spring 2009

Berlin Fashion Week also hosted the third edition of the Karstadt New Generation Award competition, honoring the best of the up-and-coming German designers.

For the spring-summer 2009 edition, the first of the nominees is design duo Boessert/Schorn, who presented a collection of layered, intricate, oversized women's clothing that mixes sportswear with handcrafting techniques.

Romanian Fashion Week: Andreea Musat

The Romanian Fashion Days (8-9 May) staged thirty collections of Romanian designers destined for the fall/winter 2008/09 season. Six new names made their debut and one of them took the Mercedes Benz prize home. This was Andreea Musat with her wonderful "Winter Moods" collection.
Andreea Musat fall/winter 2008/09

2008 LMFF Designer Award

2008 L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, the largest fashion event in Australia, was held this month from to 2 to 9 March. Among its highlights, the LMFF Designer Award, presented by Woolmark on March 4th, announced AWI (Australian Wool Innovation) support for emerging Australian designers. This year's nominees were Antipodium, Carl, Friedrich Gray, Gail Sorronda, Manning Cartell, Therese Rawsthorne and Thurley.

2008 LMFF Design Award nominees

2008 LMFF Design Award nominees

Left to right: Antipodium, Carl Kapp, Friedrich Gray (menswear and womenswear). Second row: Gail Sorronda, Manning Cartell, Therese Rawsthorne and Thurley.