Vanessa Schindler wins Grand Prize at Hyères Fashion Festival

vanessa_schindler_hy17-7Last night, the famous Hyères Fashion Festival went down in the picturesque French resort of Hyères, celebrating the brightest design talents of the future. Previous alums include Viktor & Rolf, Anthony Vaccarello, Julien Dossena, and Felipe Oliveira Baptista – a bit of a star factory, in other words. This year, the Grand Prize went to Geneva design student and former Balenciaga intern Vanessa Schindler, whose master’s collection “Urethane Pool, Chapitre 2″ skillfully merged traditional textile craftsmanship with liquid polymer, a radical technology that gives off the appearance of dripping honey. As the grand winner, Schindler snatched a €15,000 award, and will also collaborate with Chanel’s Métiers d’Art division on a project to be sold by the brand, worth €10,000 plus royalties. Not the worst graduation prize! The smaller but equally well-regarded Chloé prize went to German designer Gesine Försterling, while Finnish Maria Korkeila. Check out the runner-up designers here, and look out for these names in the future.


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