— July 18, 2013 —
The Woolmark Prize Asia finals were held earlier this week on Tuesday evening at the W Hotel, where hopeful designers from all over Asia - including Hong Kong, China, Japan and Korea - competed head-to-head with each other to become the winner of the Woolmark Prize Asia and the receive the opportunity to compete at the International Woolmark Prize later this year. The Asian designers ( Alani, Tache and Post December from Korea, Yun Linn, Sankuanz and Chuyan from China, ffiXXed and PLOTZ from Hong Kong, matohu and motonari ono from Japan) created a range of gorgeous pieces for the judges and we believe they must have had a hard time deliberating who they would pick for the winner! This year's judges included Vogue China's Angelica Cheung, Calvin Klein head of creative Kevin Carrigan, JOYCE's Bartley Ingram and 2012 International Woolmark Prize winner Christian Wijnants. Ultimately, it was Hong Kong design duo, ffiXXed, who won--much to the joy and excitement of the home crowd. Congratulations, Fiona and Kain, on a job well done! We can't wait to see your full capsule collection to debut later this year in Milan.
A runway with a view at the W Hotel WET Deck.
Front row seats to the show.
2012's International Woolmark Prize winner, Christian Wijnants, being interviewed by Fashion One TV.
Winners of the 2013 Woolmark Prize Asia, Hong Kong design duo ffiXXed, with Vogue China's Angelica Cheung.
ffiXXed's winning design, which featured a wool jacquard texture which was felted on the underside. ffiXXed were inspired by the idea of using blankets as a theme for their piece and spent countless hours with wool experts in factories in China learning all the different properties of wool and how to use it in an interesting way.