As official sponsors of Fashion Fringe 2012, here at ShopStyle HQ we are very pleased to announce that Haizhen Wang has been named as winner of this year's prize. Burberry Chief Creative Officer and Fashion Fringe Chair Christopher Bailey made the decision at the end of last night's packed out show at Somerset House which showcased all three finalists designs and marked the end of London Fashion Week.
Haizhen, a Central St Martins MA graduate who has previously worked for Maxmara and AllSaints, will receive financial backing worth over 100K and a fully equipped studio at Somerset House for two years. ShopStyle talked exclusively to Haizhen at his studio last month and were just so impressed with his designs we are thrilled he won! Haizhen's designs were military inspired and included beautiful tailored jackets in rich fabrics and leather (above and below).Fashion Fringe finalist Vita Gottlieb (below left) showed a vibrant collection of stunning textile designs in ethnic prints, while Teija Eilola received gasps from ladies in the crowd due to her fabulously feminine collection of floaty dresses and light jackets. The creative talent from all finalists was exceptionally high and we wish them the very best of luck for the future!