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Teen designers showcase their work at London Fashion Week

YOUNG TALENT: FAD Fashion Futures finalists

HACKNEY BASED charity FAD (Fashion Awareness Direct), hosted the 2017 Fashion Futures Final alongside Fashion Scout at the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden on Monday (Sept 18).

The twenty 16-19 year old finalists were the youngest designers to showcase their designs at London Fashion Week. Through FAD’s Fashion Futures programme they have benefitted from the hands-on experience, technical training and professional mentoring they need to progress into the elite fashion industry.

A panel of professionals from ASOS, All Saints and George judged the 20 finalists work and winners were announced on the night. The finalists from diverse backgrounds were shortlisted from over 70 London teenagers who developed designs inspired by the style leaders of Europe, past and present. FAD’s

Joint winners prize was presented to Keir Booton and Victoria Olejniczak, both 17. Keir created a hooded denim jacket with gold embroidered leaves, which the jury panel described as “brilliantly beautiful.” Victoria Olejniczak created a cape and skirt inspired by Polish folk art, which the jury panel applauded for being “Unique but modern.”

Other prizes were presented for Silhouette and Textiles. The Award for Silhouette was presented to Sezuthi Islam, 17, who studies at Valentines High School, she created an original, hexagonal off-the-shoulder dress, which the jury panel praised as “both innovative and commercial.”

The Award for Textiles was presented to Tyana Hemmings, 18, who studies at Lewisham Southwark College, she created a denim printed dress with mesh detailing, which the jury panel commended for its originality and stylish finish.

This years Jury panel describes the 2017 Fashion Futures cohort as “inspiring, passionate, brave and reaffirming."

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