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PRINTS PRIZE: "It's all about the eye," said Diane von Furstenberg, one of the judges at Textprint's annual student textile design awards in London. "It's colors and textures, but really it's about the eye." Von Furstenberg joined Jasper Conran, and Aquascutum designers Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler in choosing the best fabrics from among 24 recent U.K. art college graduates this week at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Textprint is a charity that hooks up recent graduates with fashion and design companies. In addition to her judging, von Furstenberg did some poaching, too.
"There is something about English creativity that is so free and open,'' she said. "I'll be taking at least two of these designers back with me to New York." "Without these young designers, we don't survive," said Conran. "And while encouragement is always good, a prize is even better." The 24 graduates will take their work to Premiere Vision's Indigo show in Paris in September, while the winners of the judges' prizes will also show at Interstoff Asia in Hong Kong in October.
STELLA TO A 'T': The T-shirt that child of rock 'n' roll Stella McCartney designed for the Glastonbury music festival will go on sale at Yoox next week for about $50. "The T-shirt is inspired by all the airbrushing my mum and dad [Linda and Paul McCartney] used to get made in the Seventies," said McCartney. "It's collectible," said Yoox founder Federico Marchetti. Yoox often hosts collaborations and special projects that mix design, music and fashion. The shirt will be available starting Tuesday and proceeds will be donated to charity.