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REMIX 2015

Posted on March 06 2015

This past Wednesday at La Pelota In Milan, I was invited by International Fur Trade Federation’s (IFTF) CEO Mark Oaten and Vogue Editor Sara Maino to judge and present prizes at Remix 2015 (Edition 13). Remix, an annual international fur and design competition, was created by the IFF in 2003 and is now supported by Media Partner Vogue Italia and Vogue Talents. As noted on IFF’s official site, the competition aims to support up-and-coming designers “from across the globe by providing them with the opportunity to showcase their innovative designs to a highly influential, international audience and to receive global exposure across a range of traditional and online media channels.”

The winners of this year’s competition which included 12 finalists, are Turkish designer Yusuf Kalem (First Prize), Sophie Sälekari of Helsinki (Second Prize) and Lorenzo Sisi of Italy (Third Prize). Kalem’s collection was inspired by the ceiling of a building in Belgium and the art of Jan Fabre. Sälekari’s punchy print collection was inspired by works by Henri Matisse and daydreams of the art scene in Vienna during the 20’s. Sisi founded his collection on the architecture of Gordon Matta-Clark, sharing that he admired how Matta-Clark patched pieces of old buildings together.
The other finalists include:

– Aarón Nachtailer – Argentina

– Yekaterina Ivankova – Kazakhstan

– Elísabet Karlsdóttir – Iceland

– Haoliang Sun – China

– Lotte van Dijk – The Netherlands

– Nicolas Martin Garcia – Italy

– Polina Zubakina – Russia

– Yelda Şebnem Eker – Turkey

– Yuko Koike – Japan

Judging and presenting at Remix was a new and challenging experience for me as I was forced to deepen my personal perceptions of creativity. Extremely beneficial to the process was my interaction with and opportunity to observe my fellow judges in action. My panel of jurors included Sara Maino, Senior Editor at Vogue Italia, Gabriele Colangelo, Italian Designer, Malcolm McInnes, Group Director of Education at Marangoni University, and Gian Luigi Paracchini, Editorial Writer at the Corriere Della Sera. It was super informative to watch them touch and feel the garments, to listen to the questions they asked and to observe how they evaluated the techniques and innovation employed by the designers. I’m quite happy that this experience occurred at this point in my career, because I feel that I was better able to synthesize all of the elements that go into analyzing the work of a creative.

Many thanks to the Mark Oaten and IFTF and Sara Maino and Vogue Italia/Vogue Talents.

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