Annelie Schubert wins the 2015 Hyères Première Vision Grand Prize
Runner up and photography prize winner also revealed
This weekend saw the 30th edition of the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography open in France. Festival Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline de Maigret and more, all visited Hyères for the four-day long event, which aims to spotlight rising talents.
Today marks the final day of the festivities and the overall winner has been named, with Annelie Schubert scooping the prestigious Première Vision Grand Prize. The 28-year-old designer caught the attention of the influential jury from the outset:
“We liked her work right away. She uses fabrics such as Neoprene and tweeds. There is a beautiful colour palette; it is very elegant, very refined,” jury member Chanel’s Virginie Viard told WWD. Other members of the fashion jury included Princess Caroline of Hanover, Anthony Vaccarello, Carine Roitfeld and Caroline de Maigret.
Schubert worked as an intern with Haider Ackermann and studied applied science in Hamburg before completing her master’s studies at Weissensee Kunsthochschulenin, Berlin. The young talent impressed Lagerfeld and co with her sculptural silhouettes, which were delicately hinged on an open back.
“The idea was to play with the apron-style silhouette, to transform it into something elegant and opulent; to combine elegance and casual for outerwear with covered front and open back. You see the different layers underneath,” Schubert explained.
The Hyères Festival has opened up many incredible opportunities for rising talents, and was the springboard for designers such as Viktor & Rolf. Schubert competed with nine other talents for the prize, which is valued at around 15,000 euros. The ten candidates were chosen from a list of around 400 applicants.
Schubert will now be offered the chance to work with the specialty ateliers that main sponsor Chanel, controls through its Paraffection subsidiary.
Chloé, a major partner of the festival for the past four years, awarded 15,000 euros to German designer Anna Bornhold. Whilst Dutch designer Wieke Sinnige, received a jury’s special mention and an invitation to work on a collaborative project with some of Chanel’s specialty ateliers (valued at 10,000 euros).
Dutch photographer Sjoerd Knibbeler won the 'Grand Prize of Photography', which was judged by Chanel's image director Eric Pfrunder.
Take a look at some of the highlights from the 2015 festival, including Karl Lagerfeld's masterclass here.