Back in November (click here) I tipped Glaswegian designer, Christopher Kane, to win the second annual Vogue Designer Fashion Fund and today it was confirmed in an announcement made by the British Fashion Council. The fund supplies the designer with a £200,000 prize, as well as a unique mentoring programme aimed at developing young British talent into global fashion brands.
Tammy and Christopher Kane
Kane, who owns the label jointly with his sister and sometime collaborator Tammy, was selected by a panel of industry insiders, chaired by British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Shulman, from a shortlist of 8 fledgling British designers based on the strength of his proposed business plan and a presentation of his collection. Shulman said of the choice, "I am delighted that Christopher Kane has won this year's award. His last collection was one of his best with a strong point of view but also clothes that all of us want to wear. He represents the best of British fashion talent - original, determined and influential."
Christopher Kane Resort 2011
Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2011
The seven runners up, which included Richard Nicoll, Charlotte Olympia, Jonathan Saunders, Nicholas Kirkwood, Osman Yousefzada, Peter Pilotto and E.Tautz, will also receive mentoring through the scheme.
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Catwalk photo from Style.com