Womenswear designers Bashar Assaf, Mira Hayek, Bouguessa, Bint Thani and Reem Al Khanal, along with menswear designers Emperor 1688 and Mashael Alrajhi have been nominated for the International Woolmark Prize 2016/17, one of the most coveted designer awards in fashion.
Nominees will present one look in Merino wool and a six-piece capsule concept to industry experts for the chance to represent their region at the final awards. Twelve finalists will each receive an $100,000 financial contribution towards their next collection and an invitation to participate in the international global finals.
Furthermore, the six menswear finalists will meet in London in January 2017 and the six womenswear finalists will meet in Paris in March 2017. The winners of the menswear and womenswear finals will receive a further $100,000 to assist with fabric sourcing and marketing of their collection and mentoring from industry experts. In addition, both international winners will have the opportunity to have their collection distributed through prestigious international retail partners including Harvey Nichols in the UK, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, David Jones in Australia, Boutique 1 in the UAE, Verso in Belgium, Leclaireur in Paris, Boon the Shop in South Korea, The Papillion in Indonesia and online through mytheresa.com(womenswear) and Matchesfashion.com (menswear)