It’s a double edge sword when you dress stars like that. There are some that will love it, and others that will hate it. But it’s true that it gives you a certain visibility. In any case, beyond the fact that it’s Rihanna, she’s also someone I adore personally, which is why we work together.
Back in May we reported that the ANDAM prize fund finalists had been announced by Anna Wintour and the rest of the jury - Mark Fast, Turkish designer Hakaan Yildirim, former Mugler designer Alexandre Vauthier,Francesco Scognamiglio, former Christian Lacroix and Balenciaga designer Bouchra Jarrar, and Calla Haynes, who worked for Oliver Theyskens for five years at Rocha, as well as Nina Ricci.
Fighting off the tough competition to claim the prize of €220,000 was Hakaan Yildirim, who when asked to comment from Istanbul replied with his collaborator and good friend Mert Alas, "This is so magical. We are honoured." Hakaan's first show in London took place only last February, and caused quite an unexpected stir on the fashion scene, bringing Carine Roitfeld, Kate Moss and Emmanuelle Alt to the front row, whilst Natalia Vodianova, Lara Stone, Maricarla Boscono and Natasha Poly walked.
The €220,000 ANDAM prize previously has helped winners Gareth Pugh and Giles Deacon move to Paris Fashion Week for runway season, not to mention boost their global appeal. And now, six new nominees have been announced by the ANDAM jury - led by Carine Roitfeld and including Alber Elbaz, Jefferson Hack, Hilary Alexander, Colette's Sarah Lerfel and Opening Ceremony's Humberto Leon.
The potential honorees include plus-size advocate Mark Fast; couturier Alexandre Vauthier, who formerly worked with Thierry Mugler; Turkish Hakaan Yildirim, who drew Roitfeld and Kate Moss to the front row of his last show, and Lara Stone and Natalia Vodianova to the runway; Balenciaga and Christian Lacroix's Bouchra Jarrar; Francesco Scognamiglio, who's won the eye of Anna Dello Russo; and Calla Haynes, who designed with Olivier Theyskens for five years at Rochas and Nina Ricci.
We'll have to wait until the end of the next month to see who'll win.
Rihanna stepped out in this elaborate green Alexandre Vauthier jumpsuit at the 2010 Echo Awards in Berlin this Thursday. The singer, who paired the batwing design with nude Christian Louboutins, also chose Vauthier styles for her 'Hard' and 'Russian Roulette' music videos.