H&M Unveils Design Award Finalists
Hennes & Mauritz AB has selected 24 aspiring designers from 37 fashion schools worldwide for the fourth edition of its annual H&M Design Award to be revealed in January. Only eight will make it through to the next round, showing their collections to an international jury in London in November headed by H&M’s creative head of design Ann-Sofie Johansson.
The winner will do a design collaboration with the retailer, a show at Stockholm Fashion Week, a cash prize of 50,000 euros, or $63,300 at current exchange and a mentorship. The 24 semifinalists are Clara Jungman Malmquist, Laure Severac, Magdalena Brozda, Sarah Effenberger, Simone Schmidt Adrian, Elina Määttänen, Juyan Zhou, Francesca Reberschegg, Hiroshi Shintani, In Seo, Yumiko Sei, Youn-Chan Chung, Yiyu Chen, Andreas Ekelöf, Leonard Kocic, Charlotte Knowles, Graham Fan, James Kelly, Janni Turtiainen, Katherine Roberts-Wood, Fiona O’Neil, Andrea Jiapei Li, Peter Do and Ximon Lee.
Macy’s Abu Dhabi
After holding out on the international scene Macy’s finally decided to open an overseas store in Abu Dhabi. Macy’s will open a 205,000-square-foot, four-level store at Al Maryah Central, described as a “super-regional shopping destination” under development on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi.
A 230,000-square-foot Bloomingdale’s will also open in Al Maryah Central, marking that retailer’s second overseas store. The first opened in Dubai in 2010. Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s are both divisions of the $28 billion Macy’s Inc. and plan to open their Abu Dhabi locations in 2018. They will be operated under license by Al Tayer Group, which already operates the licensed Bloomingdale’s store in Dubai.
Nicole Miller Designs for Philadelphia 76ers’ Dancers
Nicole Miller unveiled a signature dress for the Philadelphia 76ers’ Sixters’ Dancers 2014-15 season. The designer said the partnership works well with the tag line for her latest ad campaign: “You don’t have to wear a suit to feel strong.” In designing the dresses, Miller was inspired by the Sixters’ dancers different ages, and diverse backgrounds such as finance, medicine and education. Her functional jersey frock was unveiled in her Philadelphia boutique earlier this week but you will see them until the Sixters’ official NBA season starts Thursday.
– Carol Calacci
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