Monday, October 18, 2010

Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize Grand Final : 19 October 2010

On Tuesday 19 October 2010 the final event of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize will take place in the Orchid Room at The Dorchester.  This anticipated fashion moment will see the five designers shortlisted for the first Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize display a selection of looks which they consider their best in an exclusive catwalk presentation.  The designers shortlisted for the honour include Louise Goldin, Mary Katrantzou, Chau Har Lee, Hermione de Paula and Thomas Tait.

The winner of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize will receive £25,000 to enable them to create their next collection as well as accommodation and an event at the Dorchester Collection hotel of their choice. The winner must demonstrate unique design flair as well as a capability for future critical distinction and commercial success. Their work must also evoke the spirit of Dorchester Collection's iconic hotels and, therefore, project a sense of individuality, luxury, style and craftsmanship.

Celebrating cutting-edge fashion is a natural move for Dorchester Collection. In every major fashion capital - London, Los Angeles, Milan, Paris and New York - there is a Dorchester Collection hotel and their renowned comfort, arresting style and impeccable service have made Dorchester Collection hotels the preferred outposts of discerning fashion icons.

The catwalk show will take place in the Orchid Room which was recently refurbished by Fox Linton to revive its original design by Oliver Ford. The Dorchester's first consultant interior designer, Ford, masterminded the interiors of the Queen Mother's residences at the Royal Lodge, Windsor and Clarence House in St. James.

Following the show, the judges will determine the outcome of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize. The judging panel includes Manolo Blahnik, Giles Deacon, The Hon. Daphne Guinness, Stephen Jones, OBE, Yasmin Le Bon, Vanity Fair's contributing editor Elizabeth Saltzman, ES magazine's fashion director Gianluca Longo and Bronwyn Cosgrave, chairperson of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize, who states: "The spirited contribution of the fashion luminaries who have judged the first Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize over the course of this year has helped make it another milestone in Dorchester Collection's fashion history. The calibre of the 69 designers who originally applied for the prize, upon its February 2010 launch, was impressive. In July 2010, our distinguished judging panel selected the shortlist and, no matter what tonight's outcome, they unanimously agree, that the five designers vying for the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize are among the most gifted fashion designers working in Great Britain."

Dorchester Collection is delighted to announce that 'New Faces' from Models 1 will walk the show. Paul Herrington, head of artistry for Bobbi Brown UK, will conceive the make-up and award winning hairdressers Royston Blythe will style the hair.  Daniel Pemberton, the BAFTA nominated composer, has arranged the score.  

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