European design talents takes 6 of 12 seats in global competition

February 17, 2016 - Young European design talents dominates the finale of the international fur design competition REMIX. Former REMIX participants are now working with international fashions houses like Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton.

For a third consecutive year, Vogue Talents will be a principal partner to REMIX, the international fashion design competition organised by The International Fur Federation (IFF) and supported by Vogue Talents and MiFur.

The IFF launched REMIX in 2003 in an effort to support the next generation of designers to develop their skills and explore their relationship with fur. The competition gives up-and-coming design talent from across the globe an opportunity to showcase their innovative designs to a highly influential, international audience and to receive global exposure across a range of traditional and online media channels. Of the 12 finalists half are from Europe. The 12 finalists competing on 3 March in Milan are:

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Participants from the global fashion design competition REMIX 2015

Santiago Navarro – Argentina
Xuanxuan Li – China
Louisa Ogaard Reinholt Jakobsen – Denmark
Joona Rautiainen & Anna Sarasoja – Finland
Daniel Kohavi – Israel
Sugimoto Chiharu – Japan
Liesa Tops – Netherlands
Laura Farinacci – Switzerland
Ali Koc – Turkey
Natalia Eyres – UK
Edda Gimnes – UK
Ari Naranchimeg – USA

Previous finalists have benefited from developing relationships across the industry, and some have gone on to work for major labels such as Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Balmain. Last year’s winner Yusuf Kalem saw his designs used across various advertising campaigns, as well as editorial shoots for Vogue Italia and Harpers Bazaar US.

For the first time in its 14 year history, this year’s REMIX will present the finalists and their designs within a themed showcase; a ‘talents greenhouse’. Complete with tropical vegetation, the greenhouse will act as a focal point for the show, designed to represent how REMIX guides and nurtures talented individuals as they build their experience with the natural material.

Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief at Vogue Italia has been nurturing young designers for more than ten years: “Vogue Italia with Vogue Talents continues to support young talented designers, it is fundamental at this stage of their career to have the support from the industry” says Mrs. Sozzani.

This is the reason why a host of well-known industry figures are involved in REMIX and sit on the jury. They include Sara Maino, senior editor Vogue Italia and head of Vogue Talents; Veronica Etro, creative director of Etro Woman collections; high profile American blogger Tamu McPherson, author of All the Pretty Birds, and street-style photographer now based in Milan; Leah Perez, head of the department of fashion design at Shenkar and Lory Yedid, partner at Value Search.

The three winners of REMIX will feature in a Vogue Italia photo shoot, receive best-in-class training working with some of the world’s leading fur and fashion designers, and a supply of materials to allow for design experimentation and innovation.

Mark Oaten, CEO, IFF said: “Year after year, the young talent that comes through REMIX continues to push the boundaries of fur, re-inventing this versatile, natural material. The fact that Vogue Italia continues to support and recognise us is in itself proof of the quality of work these young designers create. Knowing that any winning designs will feature in Vogue Italia is also wonderful encouragement to all our REMIX entrants and guarantees they will all be playing at the top of their game.”

Vogue Italia will be supporting REMIX via content in its March and April issues and reporting live from the REMIX show via its social media channels.

Over 1,000 students from more than 25 countries have taken part in the competition since its inception 14 years ago. Previous finalists and winners include Astrid Anderson, a regular at London men’s fashion week; Nicolas Martin Garcia, menswear designer for Dolce & Gabbana; Thom Barends, product designer for Haider Ackermann; Sally Bohan, senior designer for Patagonia; and Roderick Buijs, menswear and womenswear designer at Louis Vuitton.