FDC Young Designer Award ’18

Now that 2018 is coming to an end, there is no better time to talk about the highlights that came with this year. One of my favourite events of the year happened very recently when I was invited to the annual FDC Young Designer Award Ceremony. If you have been following my blog for a long time, you might recall me going last year. As the event last year had been amazing, I was very much looking forward to having the chance to attend again. So on the 8th of December I made my way to the Pullman Hotel in King’s Cross where the event was hosted. Coming in I was greeted with a little goody bag and a glass of white wine – I could have gone for orange juice as I knew I had to submit my coursework that very evening but  if anything being slightly intoxicated helps me cut down words more mercilessly. Little anecdote aside, the goody bag was filled with contact information for the designers as well as some Christmas chocolates – perks of having this event take place in December. After taking a seat in the main room of the event, all the designers and the models came in to present their new collections. I was overwhelmed by how stunning and creative the different designs were, all unique and beautiful in their own way. The designs this year were inspired by the times and fashion of the 1920’s and it was amazing to see how this was interpreted and implemented by the different designers. After the initial presentation and everyone had a chance to take photos, the actual award ceremony took place.

This year’s designers could win the opportunity to fully showcase their collection at a show in Atlanta. The award ceremony took place in the name of raising awareness for Angelman Syndrome, a genetic disorder affecting the nervous system and leading to intellectual and physical disability. I thought that was a great cause as I had not heard of the disorder until then – you can click here if you would like more information.

The first place of the Radical Designer Award went to Jacaranda Brain (see first award photo) for her unique white knitted bodysuit. The second place of the Young Designer Award went to Warren Reilly – you can see him and his gorgeous design in the photos of all the models and designers on the very left side. Now the winner of the first place really blew me mind – the first place went to Joshua Birch, who is only 13 years old. I had the chance to speak to him beforehand and he told me that he spent most of his days creating the clothes and with what an outcome! I love how he combined the different materials to create a piece that both includes 1920’s vibes as well as modern influences.

Another designer I had the chance to talk to was Carina Shkuró, a designer based in Nürnberg (Germany) who only started creating fashion a couple of years ago. She told me that she liked working with robust and weighty materials that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to be used for fashion. I thought the dress she created was absolutely unique and stunning.

I also spoke to the incredibly talented Tina Welsh, a designer producing handmade crochet art. I couldn’t help but admire the details of the dresses she made – especially the red dress she was wearing herself. Out of curiosity I asked her how long it took her to produce a dress since she creates all of them single-handely. She told me a dress took her about 3 weeks to produce – as a person who hasn’t done crochet since I made a bookmark in 5th grade, I was more than impressed. I also love how much of a contrast this is to fast-fashion. Wearing a dress that took weeks to create puts the fashion into an entirely different light and truly makes you appreciate all the effort that went into your clothes.

I also spoke to the lovely Christine Adeyanju who created these stunning hats and is passionate about sustainable fashion. Christine was born into a family of craftsmen and always wanted to create something from leftover materials or anything left for scrap. She started with crochet and sketching at the young age of 7 and when she was older she discovered the world of millinery, initially introduced to her by her older sister. Christina was so kind to gift me a lovely white bow and as a person who loves wearing hats, her collection was right up my street!

I also met Patrycja Raczynska, an NTU graduate who bases her designs on the Polish Solidarity Movement in the 1980s – as her grandparents are from Poland her clothes therefore represent part of her family history. I flipped through her portfolio and was thoroughly fascinated by her creativity and the inspiration behind her work.

I also fell in love with the gorgeous dresses created by Mihaela Panaitescu. The level of detail was simply stunning and I loved the vintage floral theme. Of all her dresses, the green one with the purple tulle especially cut my attention – it is simply dreamy.

Overall, I had an amazing time at the FDC Young Designer Award 2018 and I am grateful for all the creative designers, models and bloggers that I got to meet that day. I haven’t felt that inspired in a while. What do you think about the designs? Which pieces are your favourite? xx