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PRIZE FIGHT: Blame it on the Michelle Obama effect. American designers represent half of the six candidates chosen to compete for the 10th edition of the Stella Contemporary Fashion Award, including Thakoon Panichgul, Alexander Wang and Ohne Titel. The event is scheduled for Nov. 12 in Zurich.
Europe’s Alexis Mabille, Peter Pilotto and Erdem will also be up for the prestigious prize that represents 100,000 euros, or around $140,000 at current exchange. Following Swiss Textiles Federation stipulations, the money can only be used for buying Swiss fabrics and for show and press expenses. Lisa Feldman, editor in chief of Switzerland’s Annabelle magazine, will preside over this year’s jury.
Last year’s winner, Rodarte, will present its spring collection that night, as will Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo, one of the First Lady’s pet designers. Laureates of the award from over the past decade are also expected to attend, including Raf Simons, Bruno Pieters and Marios Schwab. Also at the event, Zurich-based couturier Rosmarie Amacher will exhibit a collection of vintage dresses by the likes of Chanel, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent that were made using Swiss textiles.