Doha is the battle ground for this year’s edition of Fashion Trust Arabia, where 24 designers go head-to-head in the hopes of securing life-changing prizes
Fashion Trust Arabia (FTA) has announced its star-studded judging committee for the 2022 edition and it includes world-renowned designers such as Olivier Rousteing of Balmain; Iris Van Herpen; Charaf Tajer of Casablanca; and Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim of Oscar de la Renta. In addition, Founder of The Business of Fashion Imran Amed; Carine Roitfeld, founder of CR Fashion Book; and Lorraine Shwartz are some of the other industry heavyweights joining the festivities.
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The esteemed panel will be responsible for the selection of five winners – chosen from 24 finalists – across ready-to-wear, evening wear, accessories, jewellery and the Franca Sozzani Debut Talent Award. The awarding will take place on 26 October and the winners will walk away with up to $200,000, a personalised one-year mentoring programme delivered by industry professionals and a one-year partnership with MatchesFashion.com. As well as multiple partnerships with renowned brands, Harrods will mentor the evening wear category winner and stock their collection in-store.
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Fashion Trust Arabia is a non-profit initiative launched in 2018 under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser as honorary chair, with co-chairs Her Excellency Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani and Tania Feres. It was created to provide financial support, guidance, mentorship and a platform to up-and-coming designers from the MENA region, as well as put the region on the fashion map.
Here is the full list of judges:
Ruba Abu-Nimah – Creative Director Tiffany & Co
Yoon Ahn – Fashion Designer Yoon Ambush
Imran Amed – Founder & Chief Executive of The Business of Fashion
Gherardo Felloni – Creative Director Roger Vivier
Fernando Garcia & Laura Kim – Creative Directors Oscar de la Renta
Guram Gvasalia – Creative Director Vetements
Alex Israel – Multimedia Artist and Eyewear Designer
Michèle Lamy – Co-Founding Partner & Managing Director of Art/Furniture Owenscorp.
Camille Miceli – Creative Director Pucci
Amina Muaddi – Shoe Designer
Zuhair Murad – Fashion Designer
Pierpaolo Piccioli – Creative Director Valentino
Rachid Mohamed Rachid – Chairman Balmain and Valentino
Carine Roitfeld – Founder and Director of CR Fashion Book/CR Men and Founder of Carine Roitfeld Paris
Samuel Ross – Fashion Designer & Creative Director A-COLD-WALL
Olivier Rousteing – Creative Director Balmain
Remo Ruffini – CEO Moncler
Lorraine Schwartz – Jewelry Designer
Charaf Tajer – Creative Director Casablanca
Arnaud Vaillant & Sébastien Meyer – Creative Directors Coperni
Iris Van Herpen – Fashion Designer
Erin Walsh – Stylist