NL Collective is excited to announce that client Divka has been nominated for the 4th edition of the Mango Fashion Awards and is one of 10 finalists selected to compete in a final showdown in front of some of the fashion industry's elites.
The Mango Awards are recognized for being one of the most important and generous in the world, giving the winner €300,000 (or nearly$ 470,000) to further their career and collection. The winner's line will also be sold at Mango stores. Additionally, each finalist receives €18,000 from MANGO to cover the production costs of their collections being judged. This year's judges have some big shoes to fill, following the likes of Valentino and Oscar de la Renta, as well as MFA Chair Jean Paul Gaultier.
The award encourages and promotes the international projection of young fashion talents with support from five international design schools in Europe (Central Saint Martins, Institut Français de la Mode, Istituto Marangoni, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and l’Escole Superior de Disseny), as well as the online platform Not Just a Label. The theme for this year's awards is "Create your own Revolution," and is "a call to arms inviting [designers] to become real revolutionaries, with a chance to change fashion, shapes, colors and trends."
If anyone is starting a fashion revolution and pushing the boundaries of shape and texture, it's Divka. The Tokyo based label, new to the United States uses original shapes to give the wearer something new and unique, while the hand-painted designs on the cotton fabric make each piece one of a kind. Divka is wearable art that also makes fashion-forward statements through folds, braiding, layering and mood. The two-person design team at Divka are also devoted to various projects through fashion, and at the heard of their work is a concern to communicate to people through their work. NL is very proud to carry this collection, and there's nowhere else in the world you'll find such striking prints and cuts.
A Final Gala will take place in March 2012, where the 10 finalist's collections will be presented to members of the Final Jury who will be responsible for selecting this year's winner.