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Art by Carmen Vega Ruigómez
Fida, the global online awards to promote fashion illustration and drawing, announced its 2021 award winners this weekend selected from nearly 1000 entries from 101 countries. A shortlist of 100 artists was communicated mid-March from which a quarter became finalists. Competition judges were headed by Fida brand ambassadors, Nuno da Costa, fashion illustrator for Vogue Portugal, and Francesco Lo Iacono, London-based fashion illustrator who reports on fashion week for L’Officiel. They were joined on the panel by industry professionals, Marcos Batuecas from Lacoste, Lucy Lyon from Tom Ford, Antonio Colomboni from Toilet Paper magazine and Fraser Clark from Wallpaper*, together with well-renowned illustrators, Chris Gambrell, Tina Berning, and Clement Louis.

Patrick Morgan, founder of Fida, delivered news of the winners via Instagram instead of during a glittering bash in a plush London hotel which was how the winners were celebrated in pre-pandemic years. FashionUnited spoke to Morgan to get his thoughts on this year’s submissions, and the return of fashion illustration to industry dialogue despite the difficulties that the pandemic has inflicted.
 Art by Manon Cardin

What were the panel looking for in this year’s submissions?

The criteria is very simple. Is the work interesting and has the work got something new to say? Is there a good understanding for drawing, composition, mark making, quality of final outcome and technique? Is the work relevant to the world today? And does it feel fresh? Did it capture your eye and imagination, making you stop to look?

 

Was the decision on the winners unanimous and what made their work stand out?

It was all very close this year because the standard of submissions was very high, with an array of different techniques and approaches to portraying the fashion image. We have, on previous occasions, had clear winners in some categories, but selecting the winner can involve a little bit of debating at the end.
 

Judge, Francesco Lo Iacono: I have had the honour to be a Fida Ambassador since the very beginning and I am more than happy and proud to see how fashion illustrators keep creating such powerful images. Fida is pushing fashion artists from anywhere in the world to rethink the impact of illustration within and outside the fashion industry. I can see the amount of time, research, hard work and creativity behind every single entry. Fida is celebrating not only the winners but anyone who keeps challenging fashion illustration and its possibilities.

Morgan: I think this statement really captures the essence of the Fida Awards. Fida is opening the discussion to a new dialogue with fashion imagemaking through drawing and painting. We want it to be re-understood in a new capacity, that it has deeper critical thinking. Through the introduction of Fida’s monthly talks, we are hoping to re-inform the industry and move it to a new space where the commercial/artistic market really looks at the work through a deeper lens. Fashion illustration is not an extra to the process but integral to the vibe of the brand or mood of a designer’s collection.
Karl Lagerfeld by Seungwon Hong

What are you most proud of at Fida?

Fida has created a true, honest community of fashion imagemakers who have become part of a bigger family. We love to see growth and some of the artists, since entering or winning, have gone on to really grow into something much bigger, which is fantastic. Fida is building new spaces and platforms to help fashion artists have more control over their vision through curated portfolios shown through our members’ website. 

In January, Fida released The Fible, a luxury tome showcasing the rising talent of 2021 for brands, companies and fashion lovers to browse through while looking for inspiration or for artists to commission. 

Art by Martina Cabrini

2021 Fida award winners announced

Each year there are four category winners and one overall winner. The Cover Award which reimagines a magazine cover went to the poetic and painterly imagining of a L’Officiel cover from Martina Cambrini; the Moment Award which celebrates an artist’s ability to create work which resonates and captures our collective imagination went to Manon Cardin. The Icon Award celebrating a figure who has changed the industry was earned by Seungwon Hong for his painting of Karl Lagerfeld displaying dynamic experimental brushwork. The Muse Award recognizes the special relationship between designers and those who inspire them, and the unanimous winner in that category was Carmen Vega Ruigómez for her painting of Adut Akeche. This year’s overall winner, who got the most votes by far, revealed Morgan, and whose piece really stood out for its interesting composition and linework was Manon Cardin.

Featured artwork from Fida: Header, Carmen Vega Ruigómez, followed in order by Manon Cardin, Seungwon Hong, Martina Cabrini

Fashion editor Jackie Mallon is also an educator and author of Silk for the Feed Dogs, a novel set in the international fashion industry

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Nilit partners with The Ocean Foundation

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Nylon brand Nilit has partnered with The Ocean Foundation on its Blue Resilience Initiative.

Joining The Ocean Foundation’s Blue Resilience Initiative, the collaboration aims to protect essential ocean meadows and other coastal habitats. According to Nilit, marine grasslands are being damaged at the rate of two football fields per hour. As important oceanic ecosystems, the grasslands help to reduce global warming by taking CO2 from the atmosphere.

Nilit, which also owns sustainable brand Sensil, has previously stated that protecting the oceans and reducing CO2 is part of its Total Product Sustainability Program. Recently, it reduced CO2 emissions at its main facility, and has utilised clean energy techniques at its manufacturing plants.

“NILIT and The Ocean Foundation can affect both sides of the ocean health equation and, together, make a more substantial impact on the well-being of our oceans and our planet,” said head of global marketing at Nilit, Sagee Aran.

The Ocean Foundation’s Blue Resilience Initiative focuses on coastal reconstruction and providing carbon offsets for foundations, corporations, donors and events. Its work notes the ecological and social impact that coastal areas have on the world, with man made infrastructure degrading nature’s natural defense mechanisms. The Blue Initiative seeks to restore and protect these coastal habitats.

“We are excited to join in The Ocean Foundation’s crucial work to protect the marine ecosystems that sustain life in the oceans and on land,” said Aran. “The Ocean Foundation investment, we have expanded our vision far beyond the traditional supply chain structure so that we can more rapidly and effectively bring about positive environmental impact.”

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Nordstrom and Nike partner with Black Owned Everything

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Multibrand retailer Nordstrom has launched a partnership with marketplace Black Owned Everything, a platform promoting Black-owned businesses, and its founder Zerina Akers.

The collaboration sees Akers and Nordstrom come together on a curated selection featuring four Black-owned brands, displayed alongside new Nike and Jordan collections in the Nordstrom x Nike dedicated online space.

Labels included in the curation are William Okpo, Sammy B, L’Enchanteur and handbag designer Brandon Blackwood.

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Image: Nordstrom x Nike x Black Owned Everything

“When we launched Black Owned Everything back in February of this year, partnerships like Nordstrom x Nike were exactly the type of activations I had in mind to amplify the reach of the Black designers whom I work with and mentor,” said Akers, in a release.

She continued: “This intersection of well-established brands and emerging designers is where the progress of Black Owned Everything’s mission takes place.

“The inclusion of these selected designers is a big step for their individual career paths and an even bigger step in the right direction for the American marketplace and beyond.

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Image: Nordstrom x Nike x Black Owned Everything

“This curation is a fun mix of fashion and lifestyle pieces for the people who are keen to street trends and enjoy functionality.”

Simultaneous with the online presence of the collection, Black Owned Everything merchandise will also be available at four Nordstrom x Nike pop-ups in US-based Nordstrom stores.

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Sustainable flea market site Farly to launch in UK

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Fashion marketplace Farly has announced it is set to launch in the UK on November 11, bringing its flea market approach of resale to new vintage-loving consumers.

Marketed as a virtual flea market, the site hopes to reinvent shopping in a fun and carefully curated way. Its concept revolves around virtual shop windows and mood boards intended to inspire visitors.

Farly looks to appeal to independent sellers, small retailers, artists and curators, providing potential users with the option to design their own shop window through image uploads and editing tools, helping to enhance their offering.

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Image: Farly

“As the world prepares for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) summit this November, the importance of climate change and looking after our planet has been more prominent than ever,” stated Farleigh Hungerford, Farly’s founder, in a release.

She continued: “Farly only encourages the sale of vintage, pre-loved and second-hand items and we really encourage sellers to have sustainability at heart, from packaging to thinking about the origin of the product all the way to the end of the items’ life cycle.

“Farly adds to this message with the core values at the heart of the business, encouraging users to re-use, recycle and restyle.”

The platform will also feature a reward system, called Farly Points, where sellers can earn points through promoting sales from curated items in their virtual shop windows. Building up points can contribute to discounts for users with the monetisation of their displays.

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