Karen Millen was delighted to sponsor the Fashion Portfolio category at the prestigious Graduate Fashion Awards earlier this month with Gemma Metheringham, our Joint Managing and Creative Director, as a judge alongside Ainsley Walker, Trend Manager at Karen Millen.
Nurturing graduate design talent is integral to Karen Millen and has played a big part in the design team development over the last few years. A number of graduates have been recruited via our highly successful protégé scheme to work with us as part of our in-house atelier during this time.
We chose to sponsor this particular category as craft, design and presentation skills are incredibly important in order to win this award and these closely reflect our brand values of quality, luxury and meticulous attention to detail.
Gemma’s task was to view 50 portfolios from the country’s leading art and design colleges and select a shortlist of 3 candidates. Gemma commented “I was extremely impressed with the amazing variety of skills and illustration styles on show, from textiles and knitwear, to hand drawn and computer generated imagery, there was an incredible level of skill on display, selecting my final shortlist of 3 was an almost impossible task”. Gemma chose the portfolio she felt best showed a very strong ability to demonstrate trend predictions and express ideas creatively.
The award went to a very deserved winner, Kyle Spires from Edinburgh School of Art, who said “Winning this award validated my hard work and determination to succeed. It was truly an honour to be presented with this award”