This year IFF has asked the contestants to create fur designs that has an entire sustainable entity and Chunchen Liu, from Japan was awarded with the Gold prize. She was offered an all-expense paid trip to Studio NAFA (North American Fur Auctions) at their Toronto headquarters for a week of technical training and practice. This series of designs were inspired by the snow mountain and mountain climbing sports. The use of different kinds of furs showed the snow and texture of rocks on the mountain.
The jury, composed of Sara Maino Sozzani, the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia & Head of Vogue Talents, Tamu McPherson from All The Pretty Birds, the Creative director of Fay Arthur Arbesser, Adrien Roberts, Director of Education at Accademia Costume & Moda Roma and Luca Rizzi, Desinger’s scouter and founder of Creative and More, selected Chunchen Liu innovative designs from over 30 garments presented and over 100 applications submitted from all over the world.
The REMIX Silver prize went to Siyang Meng from China. Her inspiration comes from the natural rock crystal and its many features and characteristics of the likes of coral. She was granted an all-expense paid trip to Kopenhagen Design Studio for a week of technical training and practice.
Abigail Wirth from Hungary scooped the Bronze award with a manifesto against the plastic world of products around us. Abigail only started working with fur last autumn when she attended the Hungarian workshop ’Pimp up with Fur!’’ which the European Commission endorsed as a best practice example of vocational education. Abigail’s designs find inspiration in fur as a renewable, reusable, sustainable material which stands in contrast to fake alternatives.
All the REMIX 2018 winners will have the honour of seeing their creations headlining in the next IFF fashion advertising campaign, FUR NOW, which gets global exposure via partnerships with leading fashion media and the opportunity to have an exclusive exposure on Vogue Italia and vogue.it.
Each year, REMIX 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.
”Every year, the bar gets set higher and higher. From sketches to actual garments, we follow the story of each of those young designers as we watch them skilfully creating master pieces – it never ceases to amazes me how innovative, versatile, and modern fur design can be. Natural fur is one of the most sustainable materials which we proudly advocate for, and REMIX gives that annual chance for up and coming designers to explore this rich material and integrate it as a signature in their fashion careers”, says Mark Oaten, CEO of IFF.