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Last week we checked-in with Camilla, one of our 5 finalists of this year’s DfT award and as promised, this week we’ll give you the inside-scoop of what Ramil has been up to.
After the award, Ramil has found he has more inner strength and confidence to move forward. Even though he was disappointed when he didn’t win, Ramil tells us that he learned a lot about himself during the experience. He describes the award, and the whole process behind it, as “awesome, inspiring and interesting”.
For everyone who didn’t catch the live stream of the Designer for Tomorrow 2012 show on July 4th: We put together a “Best of” video for you!
Our camera teams caught everything from the event – the red carpet interviews with celebrities such as model Franziska Knuppe or actress Ursula Karven as well as the runway looks of the five designers and the emotional moments when Leandro Cano found out he won the award. So sit back and enjoy the event highlights!
We are proud to present you today’s video, which shows how on July 4th the hard work of our five finalists finally paid off when they got to show their designs on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.
Luckily, we weren’t the ones who had to make the final decision because all five collections of the designers were unique and special with lots of attention to detail; it made it almost impossible to announce a winner. In the end, Leandro Cano won the majority of our jury’s votes and was awarded as the Designer for Tomorrow 2012! With incredible designs as well as with his emotional and genuinely happy appearance on stage, Leandro did not only win the award, but also the audience’s hearts.
The day before the big DfT award show, our newcomer designers had their final fitting. Of course we can only imagine how they felt on that special and exciting day! Luckily, our cameras were part of the action to capture a bit of what was going through the minds of the five finalists and some behind-the-scenes footage.
There is a ton of work that goes into producing a show and it was amazing to see how it all came together in the end. Each collection looked so much better on the actual models than on the hangers and it definitely created a goose-bump atmosphere to see the clothes come alive! Be sure to check out the video of the final fitting for more impressions…
You are all winners. Marc Jacobs encouraged the five newcomer designers before the big DfT award show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week yesterday started. And, yes, he is right! All of the young designers are unique, so different from each other and so very good! It must have been a hard decision for the jury. On the catwalk each collection looked just as brilliant as they are and the jury had to decide quickly. You could tell by seeing their faces: „Oh, but he was also good…“ Or: „Actually, I loved her collection as well.“
Imagine a tall, beautiful woman standing in the middle of an old ballroom – spotlights on her. The surrounding: wooden floor, high ceiling, grey painted galleries and white ceiling frescos. She is wearing a piece of art around her hips, all black and Magenta-pink-high heels to it. It’s 8.30 in the morning. Today. A small piece of paper in the hedge of Villa Elisabeth was guiding us to: “Designer for Tomorrow – Fitting”.
The location – consecrated as the Protestant community hall in 1907 – is just perfect. There are waiting models who look like ballet-dancers and actually some of them remind me of the „black swan“. They wait to try on one of the designer’s dresses. Some dream of their future wedding to take place here, others of a fashion show.
Another level. Ramil Makinano is back at work in London. His task is to create a total of five new outfits and decide on the hair styles and make-up concepts for the DFT award show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin in July. He’s been visiting exhibitions and libraries in his home city London to gain inspiration for his new designs – the majority of which are made of fabrics featuring prints that Ramil has designed and applied himself! He certainly demonstrates the full range of his creative abilities.
Ramil prepared many drawings and designs before making up the first three outfits (a special DfT project). Now he’s about to start work on two more outfits, extending his six-piece collection by another two, so that he has eight pieces for the show. Ramil is collecting photos of hair styles and make-up that work well with his designs. All the effort that he has put into his collection has already paid off: “Everything I did, from the original idea to the research and development of my design concepts and the creation of my designs (colour palette, silhouette, print, texture, finishing and styling) was rewarded with positive feedback from Marc himself,” said Philippine-born Ramil.
As a child, Ramil preferred watching ‘Style with Elsa Klensch’ on CNN to basketball, which caused a few arguments with his brother. The fashion-mad Philippine initially opted for a ‘proper’ profession by training to be a nurse in Manila. Once he had qualified, he went to London.
The backgrounds of our Top 5 finalists for Dft 2012 are as eclectic as their designs: Ramil Makinano and Laura Williams from the UK, Siddharta Anselm Meyer is from Berlin, Camilla Salgaard Nielsen from Copenhagen and Leandro Cano calls Spanish Seville his hometown!
From black elegance to neon color overload, daring knitwear, futuristic shapes and modern geeks – this year’s competition has got it all and we can’t wait for our fresh talents to enter the next round of Designer for Tomorrow 2012!
Watch out for more info to come in the Designer section of DfT’s website, where we are going to introduce every single contestant to you. Tomorrow is the first fitting of the collections, a perfect opportunity for loads of interviews and pictures.
Check the DfT blog for more things to come and you’ll hear of our finalists soon, promise!