Mike Amiri Establishes a Prize for Young American Designers

Mike Amiri has built a global brand, showing at Paris Fashion Week, but his search for the next big thing in fashion is happening at home in the United States. Today, the Californian designer is announcing a new prize for nascent American talent: The Amiri Prize will award one young American designer a $100,000 prize and a yearlong mentorship with Amiri himself. Applications open today, March 17 and continue through April 18. American residents with a fashion business between one and three years old are eligible. The winner will be selected from a panel of judges including Only the Brave president Renzo Rosso; stylist Karla Welch; Y/Project and Diesel creative director Glenn Martens; Harper’s Bazaar’s Nikki Ogunnaike; Union’s Chris Gibbs; and Spunge owner Salehe Bembury. 

“As an independent designer, I have had the privilege to forge an unconventional path and find success outside of the current establishment,” the designer said

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7 Female Fashion Designers On The Women Who Inspired Their Careers

Have you ever heard of the ‘Glass Runway‘? While the exact phrase may be foreign, its meaning reverberates down the halls of the fashion industry. The two words describe the phenomenon that while most of the people working in (and buying from) the industry are women, only 14% of major fashion houses are run by them.

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This means that despite feeding and loving the fashion industry at both machinist and consumer level, women have limited say in what it ultimately creates.

And while we don’t have immediate solutions to remedy the gender imbalance in fashion (though this McKinsey & Company study points to some) this Women’s History Month we’ve decided to celebrate those who, against the odds, run their own fashion labels.

We spoke to some of the world’s most talented female designers to find out the women who inspired their careers.

8 female fashion designers on the women who inspired their careers

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Employers, Designers Need to Make More Room for Modest Dressing

LONDON — Increasing numbers of women worldwide are dressing modestly — for religious, personal or professional reasons — and employers, schools and governments need to recognize those trends, and support women in their choices.

Companies should start incorporating different religious requirements into their business plans and expand their notion of appropriate workwear to more “religious or ethnic fashion” styles, according to a new study by London College of Fashion and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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The study aims to highlight “the breadth and diversity” of women wearing modest fashion. It urges the fashion industry to pay more attention to women’s needs, and wants places of work and study to expand their understanding of what an “appropriate” dress code entails.

Women who worked at U.K. faith-based organizations were interviewed as part of the study, as were women who worked in Saudi Arabia, where they are required to

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Kamala Harris elevates black designers on world stage

<span>Photograph: Melina Mara/AP</span>
Photograph: Melina Mara/AP

In a year where the global fashion industry has faced its biggest ever racial reckoning Kamala Harris, the first black and south Asian vice-president, has elevated the names of black designers by wearing their clothes on the biggest public stage possible.

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By wearing fashion labels Pyer Moss, Christopher John Rogers and Sergio Hudson during last week’s inauguration events, Harris was aligning the new administration’s commitment to diversity with the fashion industry’s attempt to move past systemic, historic racism into a new era. A new era where designers of color get the same opportunities that their white counterparts have had for years.

“When it comes to inauguration events, black designers have been almost exclusively absent,” said the author Ronda Racha Penrice, “so it was nice to discover that the fabulous outfits [were] created by black designers.”

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Fashion Designers, Listen Up! Jimmy Choo Is Opening A Fashion Academy In London Soon

Jimmy Choo in a suit standing in front of a door: Fashion Designers, Listen Up! Jimmy Choo Is Opening A Fashion Academy In London Soon

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Fashion Designers, Listen Up! Jimmy Choo Is Opening A Fashion Academy In London Soon

Mention Jimmy Choo, and most people instantly think of luxurious, beautifully designed high-heeled shoes. 

The man behind the world-renowned brand is now hoping to teach budding designers the trade.


Well, it’s going to be through his brand new fashion academy located at Mayfair in London. 

a city street with cars parked on the side of a building: Right in the heart of the fashion capital.

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Right in the heart of the fashion capital.

“The Academy has been years in planning, so we are delighted to be opening its doors this September,” said Datuk Professor Jimmy Choo in a statement.

“London is a global fashion hub and has created many of the world’s most exciting and ground-breaking designers.

“Rarely though do these designers leave higher education armed with the combined knowledge, skills and resources needed to create, launch and build brands successfully on the global stage.

“The Academy

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