What do Donatella Versace, John Galliano, and now Burberry‘s Christopher Bailey have in common? They have served as the chair of London’s Fashion Fringe competition. Fashion Fringe was founded by internationally renowned fashion writer Colin McDowell in conjunction with events IMG Fashion Worldwide as a platform for the development and launch of young design talent, and next year marks their 10th anniversary. Bailey, who will chair through 2013, will judge, select and mentor three finalists, then name the winner who gets to show their collection during London Fashion Week. Previous winners include Erdem, Basso & Brooke, and Curve favorites Aminaka Wilmont.
Here’s your chance to support young local talent! The Los Angeles Fashion Council has created a Kickstarter campaign to send 5 Los Angeles based designers to London to present their collections at a three-day showcase. Four designers, Alana Hale, Mila Hermanovski, Bryan Hearns, and Curly V, have already been selected and a fifth will be chosen through a Facebook contest with final decision by a panel. They need $10,000 and were at $1225 when we last checked, so they need your help fast as they have til Tuesday (voices carry) to reach their goal. As an added bonus, those who make large donations will get pieces from the designers’ collections so pledge now and help our local talent go global!
// via Kickstarter, Los Angeles Fashion Council //