Gavin Douglas to present CFW young designer award

Pulse Supermodel Nell Robinson shot on location at the Birmingham Museum of Arts in Gavin Douglas’ latest campaign. Both Gavin and Nell will be at CFW2011, June 8-13. At CFW 2011, Gavin Douglas will make a presentation for the ‘CFW Gavin Douglas Young Designer’ Award.

Vogue designer Gavin Douglas will be the judge at the Caribbean Fashion-week (CFW) Young Designer Award for 2011 at Caribbean Fashionweek in June.

Himself the winner of Britain’s Prince’s Trust Young Designer Award, Europe’s Fashion Fringe Award, The Avant Garde Designer of the Year Award, as well as the Smirnoff Originator Award and the CFW Master Designer designation, Douglas has been a key young talent on the runways of Paris, London and Milan in recent years.

Interestingly, he first showed a collection at Caribbean Fashionweek in the mid-2000s and continues to be inspired by the Caribbean. He has decided to give back to the region through the CFW Young Designer project, selecting a fresh new talent every year for mentorship and development.

The award is open to designers across the wider Caribbean.

A release from Pulse Inter-national, organisers of Caribbean Fashionweek, said the organisation was “pleased to facilitate this initiative at CFW and believes it has the potential to play a key role in talent discovery and development”.

18-28 age range

Young designers between the ages of 18 and 28 years are encouraged to submit sketches of their designs to

Designers should have been designing for five years or less and should be able to produce two to three looks from their sketches. The competition is now open and the deadline for submission of sketches is June 3, 2011.

“The Caribbean is an exciting new market for many of the world’s major brands and it is providing new opportunities for young creative design talent. It is now time to nurture this talent, help it to flourish and bring it to the forefront of the international fashion design market,” said Douglas.

The CFW Young Designer award is a joint project of Pulse and Gavin Douglas.

The winner will be the strongest designer, the one with the most potential, plus the sustainability to survive within the fashion industry. That person will have determination, passion, self-belief, and a strong aesthetic that will create clothes of extraordinary origina-lity, but with a realistic practical intelligence behind them.

The top three contestants will get the opportunity to show short collections at CFW 2011.

Gavin Douglas is an elite women’s wear fashion label that, within a short period of time, has achieved incredible success and recognition.

Douglas’ ultra chic designs have been worn by A-list celebrities and have been regularly seen on the pages of the world’s most influential fashion and lifestyle publications, including Harpers Bazaar, Tatler and Vogue

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