After the success of the competition last year as part of Gibraltar’s only fashion festival, Runway has now partnered with one of UK’s most innovative events, Brighton Fashion Week, to give the overall winner an all expense paid show at this year’s BFW in June.
Gibraltarian Christel Mifsud won last year’s coveted competition with her sportswear label Shorji which saw her fly over to Maastricht in the Netherlands for a show at the yearly fashion festival Fashionclash.
This year, the competition runs in the same format with entries being accepted from Andalucia in Spain as well as Gibraltar. Applicants are requested to send three designs, either drawn or photographed, along with a bio and their details to the Runway organisers.
The judges – made up of Brighton Fashion Week creative directors and Runway producers – will then choose their favourite five entrants and the finalists will be named on the 14th March 2014.
These five finalists will then show their three looks on the catwalk at Runway Gibraltar on the 3rd May at the Tercentenary Hall in to an audience made up of public and press. The judges will announce the winner on the night.
“It has always been a very important part of Runway that we nurture the future of our industry. New designers are the way forward and without events like Runway and Brighton Fashion Week, they would never get the opportunity to be seen.” Says Shideh Olafsson, one of Runway’s organisers.
Brighton Fashion Week has been a launchpad for new designers for over a decade. Each year, the event showcases a varitety of innovative labels both from the UK and internationally and puts them on a stage to an audience of media, celebrities, buyers and public over a number of days.
The producers of BFW will be flying into Gibraltar on Friday, 2nd May and will meet with all five finalists that evening to find our their ideas and inspirations behind their designs.
With a brand new venue this year, Runway Gibraltar 2014 is promising to be a fantastic fashion festival which will showcase three international designers, the New Designer Competition, an international band, a photography exhibition, a fashion film cinema, a styling booth and a pamper room as well as many activities and stalls from the local fashion and beauty industries.
For more information about the New Designer Competition and about Runway Gibraltar, please visit www.runwaygibraltar.com.