The Dorchester Collection suspends its annual Fashion Prize
In the midst of boycott rumours
A company spokeswoman for The Dorchester Collection has confirmed that the decision to "suspend" the prize was made at the beginning of this year, "due to other newly created similar awards."
The announcement is made following the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize's social media pages congratulating its own inaugural winner, Thomas Tait, for last week clinching the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize awarded by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
The insinuation within the industry is that the prize has ceased for quite different reasons – surrounding the company's owner the Sultan of Brunei, and his strict laws concerning women and minority groups within his own country.
In recent years, the Dorchester Collection has made a huge effort to appeal to the fashion industry, many of whom are repeat customers at its two properties in Paris – Le Meurice and Hôtel Plaza Athénée, as well as the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan.
The Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize was an annual competition launched in 2010 – including a glamorous awards ceremony that the company hosted at one of its worldwide locations.
As well as Thomas Tait, Anndra Neen, Augustin Teboul and Huishan Zhang have won the prize in previous years, which was a $42,000 award.
In the past Manolo Blahnik, Daphne Guinness, Stephen Jones, Kenzo Takada, Marchesa's Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, Francisco Costa, Rupert Sanderson, Elizabeth Saltzman and Derek Blasberg are among those who have served as judges.
In light of recent events it has also been claimed that Anna Wintour has vowed not to stay in any of The Dorchester Collection properties during the next round of fashion weeks – according to WWD.