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Ecco Domani Names Fetherston and Chang Among Winners
January 02nd, 2007 @ 1:32 PM - Paris
Ecco Domani, fashion’s most wide-ranging annual prize, has given awards to Erin Fetherson and Angel Change among the half dozen recipients for the upcoming New York Fashion Week in February.
The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation (EDFF) named Chang, Fetherston, Naum, Sans, and Tom Scott in the women’s design category, and Patrik Ervell, in the men’s wear this season.
The lucky half dozen, selected from over 100 entrants, each receive grants of $25,000 to help stage their collection next month’s season in Manhattan. The awards mark the sixth year Ecco Domani, a major Italian wine producer, has backed up fledgling design talent. All entrants are required to be in the design business for no longer than five years and have at least one retail account.
In an example of the wine maker’s percipience, previous EDFF winners have included an impressive array of now recognizable designers, such as Zac Posen, Proenza Schouler, Peter Som, Doo.Ri and Derek Lam to name a few.
“We are proud to have seen so many past EDFF alumni go on to successful, lucrative fashion careers. We congratulate this year’s winners, who join this elite group of fashion visionaries,” said Ecco Domani Marketing Director David Bowman in a release.
Among the winner, Angel Chang explores edgy trends in fashion and technology, collaborating with engineers and interactive designers to develop new ways of dressing for the cosmopolitan woman.
American-born Fetherston, known for her whimsical couture pieces shown in Paris runways, staged her debut ready-to-wear collection in New York in September, melding fairy tale and fantasy on the runway.
Naum, created by the duo of Waleed Khairzada and Julia Jentzsch, aims to synergize links between future technologies and luxury fashion; Sans, from another design double act, Lika Volkova and Alessandro DeVito, integrate natural materials such as bamboo and soybean based fabrics in versatile, multi-functional garments.
Tom Scott is a knitwear specialist heralded for his distorted architectural forms, while Patrik Ervell, the menswear winner, experiments with new silhouettes and fabrications in a modernist aesthetic.
The EDFF jury is composed of a knowledgeable group of experts culled from various fashion disciplines: Marylou Luther, editor at International Fashion Syndicate; Sally Singer, Fashion News/Features Director at Vogue Magazine; Kim Hastreiter, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of Paper Magazine; Julie Gilhart, Vice President of Fashion Merchandising at Barneys; Ruth Finley, Publisher of The Fashion Calendar; and Nicole Fischelis, Vice President and Women’s Fashion Director at Macy’s. In the men’s category the committee included Madeline Weeks, Fashion Director for GQ Magazine; Jay Bell, Buyer for Menswear Design at Barneys New York; and Armand Limnander, Senior Editor of T, The New York Times Style Magazine.
“The success of EDFF is undeniably due to the outstanding judging panel and their remarkable ability to identify the future stars of fashion,” stressed Ecco Domani’s Bowman.
May the shows, and the wines, open.