The shortlist for the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize 2011 in New York was recently announced.
The panel passing judgement included Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein, and Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa.
As noted in Vogue UK the prize will be announced in the Autumn and will include £40,000 and the opportunity to display their collection during Paris Fashion Week in 2012 at Hôtel Plaza Athénée (which is owned by the Dorchester hotel group).
Last year’s winner was Canadian born and London based Thomas Tait. They should also get the prize for most pointless website – there are three tabs – one Biography prompts you to download a PDF document, a second Information to send an Email to them (!) and the third Lookbook takes you to a page which states ‘Lookbook is available upon request’! You are spoiling us Thomas Tait – Not!
The London Fashion Week Designer Gallery provides you with a better visual record of his works – his most recent collection a Two Tone one.
This years shortlist were:
Anndra Neen – who are two sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens – they are New York based but born in Mexico City – they specialise in jewellery and accessories. Their jewellery is of antique ornate flavour.
Giulietta– who produces a mix of casual and prim outfits with understated elegance. I think Audrey Hepburn is one of a number in the Giulietta’s minds-eye.
Julian Louie – who produces an unlikely mix of couture-casual with exotic prints. Stylish.
Setareh Mohtarez – produces bright punchy art-like installation cocktail type dresses with striking modern digital prints.
Siki Im – their collections don’t go by back to back season convention but are titled Silent Thunderbird Prayer and Black Beat White Wonder which alone prepares you for what is to follow. They are devoted solely to menswear. Smart yet casual generally with a monotone palette.
All of their works can be seen on their websites though Anndra Neen’s site is little more than a place-holder and Email contact address. Mohtarez’s site presents their outfits the most imaginatively. The Siki Im website allows you to see the works as collection stills, as video and provides full textual artistic impressions.
Setareh Mohtarez gets my pick – how about you?