The judging panel – which included designers Roksanda Ilincic and Topman's Gordon Richardson, alongside editors Dylan Jones OBE, Emily Sheffield and Simon Chilvers – selected the winners from six nominated designers, representing the best emerging talent of the British Isles fashion landscape. Menswear winner COTTWEILER, made up of designers Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty, is known for its forward-thinking take on design, with their practice incorporating films and art installations alongside fashion collections. Paris-born Steinmetz, meanwhile, is a protégé of late Central Saint Martins educator, Professor Louise Wilson OBE, and previously spent time working for Jeremy Scott and Henrik Vibskov before launching her namesake label in 2013 after acquiring her first handloom.
Both winners will receive a financial contribution of AU$50,000 to help support their business, and will each represent the British Isles in the international menswear and womenswear finals in January 2017. Today in Sydney, the winners of the Australian & New Zealand regional final will be announced, with Asia, the United States and India, Pakistan & Middle East to follow shortly after, rounding out the regional events for the 2016/17 prize.
The 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize regional finals have begun with the announcement of the European winners
The British label wowed a star-studded audience at a special runway show at New York Fashion Week.