Winners & Judge’s Favorites
Social networking site, Inspirare.com, launched in April with the goal to help emerging designers get exposure and launch their design careers.
How it works: Fashion designers create an online portfolio on Inspirare.com where they upload fashion sketches and images of the finished designs. Inspirare users browse through portfolios and vote on their favorite designs. The most popular designs that are approved by the Inspirare team will be produced and sold exclusively on Inspirare.com. Inspirare provides 100% funding and share generous royalty with designers.
Fashion designers are encouraged to continuously add new designs to their portfolios as Inspirare will produce the best items from portfolios regularly and sell them at the Inspirare Shop (scheduled to launch in September).
The site launched with a fashion design competition, which closed in May. There were over 150 submissions from 23 countries for the competition.
After intense deliberation, the Inspirare team and their judging panel agreed on the winning design. Fashion designer Alejandra de Coss of Puebla, Mexico won the competition for her design, Miss Marble. Inspirare.com will produce the dress and sell it exclusively on their eCommerce store. Designer Alejandra de Coss will receive 20% royalty on the sales.
Inspirare’s fashion director, Kate Blank, has this to say about the Miss Marble dress, “You can see this dress is a nod to several trends such as peplums, cutouts and sheer paneling; but it’s exploring them in a unique way. The dress offers both an interesting print and a two tone colorway allowing us to see it’s versatility and well placed design lines. I also really love the presentation of her fashion illustration. All the images in this design submission are visually interesting and serve a purpose. I think the Miss Marble dress will be a piece that many different women will lust after as it’s a perfect party or event dress.”
Lorraine says, “The multi-wear possibilities of this design immediately got my attention. While it’s an urbane look that would most likely appeal to a customer who already loves to take risks with fashion, there’s a great deal of versatility in the cut and shape of the garments. They could fit in as easily on the streets of Stockholm as they could in New York or Tokyo. The creativity in the construction, versatility and global appeal made this look stand out.”
RDVB received a high enough score that it is being considered for production.
Nikki says, “The Pipit Pencil Skirt print is so original, yet so commercial. The cut will be flattering for many body types and the length is just right. I think Crowned Bird did a great job with this skirt. As soon as this skirt is worn on the streets it’s going to be a quick hit!”
Pipit Pencil Skirt received a high enough score that it is being considered for production.
Flore says, “The dress is urban but sophisticated. The construction is very architectural, and is perfectly executed. The choice of fabrics and colors is modern, and gives a new spin on color blocking. The garment proposes a true personal vision from the designer. The photo shoot communicates a good taste level and a simplicity that balances well the dressy garment.”
Pink Architecture received a high enough score that it may be considered for production.
Kate has this to say about the design, “I really love the jacket within this design submission. The designer has used draping and the folds of the fabric in a really beautiful and interesting way. To me it looks like some sort of carefully folded piece of origami. It’s not only innovative and technically beautiful, but really wearable and chic.”
All designs submitted to Inspirare.com can be viewed within the Discover section of the site.
COMPLETE LIST OF 30 WINNERS:
1st Place Winner:
Miss Marble by Alejandra De Coss
2nd Place Winners
Can’t Touch This Sweater by Ioana Ciolacu
Grace Dress by Melissa Christianson
Beauty Monster Skirt by Mau Alfaro
Pink Architectural by Denis Predescu
Oblio Dress by Ioana Ciolacu
3rd Place Winners
Jumpsuit by Studio NTK
La’Aprel by Veritee Hill
RDVB = DRESS, VEST, BLOUSE, RECTANGLE by Anca Miron
Grace Cape by Melissa Christianson
Monster Hospital by AJP
King Fisher Suit by Crowned Bird
TSO = Trousers, ½ Skirt, Overall by Anca Miron
Grace Skirt by Melissa Christianson
Le Serpent by Veritee Hill
Jacket and Tunic by Studio NTK
Bella Dress by Nami
Pipit Pencil Skirt by Crowned Bird
Bisect by Jerviz Aranda
Dori Blouse by Galeana
Galilee Coat Dress by Tiff Chen
A Dream of Black and White by Kacaii
GBA by Segmoro
A Dream of Black and White (2) by Kacaii
Evening Willows by Poon William
Toxic Talismans by Audrey Szeto
Inamm by Galeana
Wisdom Ruraler by Poon William
Comfort Zones by Audrey Szeto
Naturaleza Clinica 012 by Pilar Aguilar