Thursday 24th May

| BY Roxy Lola

BFC Fashion Trust Announces 2018 Grant Recipients


Two things we love to celebrate: fashion and money. Particularly new designers coming into money. Last night we made our way to businesswoman and general powerhouse, Megha Mittal’s, home. And yes, she lives in a power house. It’s the chosen place that the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Trust announces the v blessed recipients of a grant each year. So let’s get down to business. The awarded grants total £380,000 between eight designers. Ca-ching. The winners are chosen for their success in the areas of sustainability, production, e-commerce and wholesale expansion. All rounders. And so, the new recipients for 2018 include Aries, Nabil Nayal and Teija. For a little lowdown on the newcomers, Aries has become a cult street womenswear brand under the reign of Italian-born Sofia Prantera, who studied at Central Saint Martins and is all about a good rave. Amazing. Nabil Nayal, Syrian-born designer has been winning awards for his dramatic but totally wearable designs for years, being the first designer in the world to use 3D printing in 2010, has worked under Christopher Bailey, had tea with the Queen and has been worn by Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Obvs a winner. Teija Ecola, graduate of RCA is working her tailoring skills and has been mentored by Colin McDowell. Mhm mhm, all great choices. The three designers join the list of previous recipients who will continue to receive grants, including Marques’ Almeida, Mother of Pearl, Palmer//Harding, Rejina Pyo and Sharon Wauchob. “London is a city that has a special reputation for producing some of the fashion industry’s brightest new talents,” said CEO of the BFC, Caroline Rush. “Thanks to the Fashion Trust and their partners’ generous support and mentoring, the 2018 grant recipients are given the opportunity to become the creative leaders of tomorrow while reinforcing the UK’s reputation for fashion businesses.” Give them all the money, we look forward to seeing designs dripping in pure gold.