The highly anticipated capsule collection from 2013/14 International Woolmark Prize winner Rahul Mishra launched into Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, on September 2.
Hailing from India, Mishra was awarded the coveted prize in February 2014 in Milan, after impressing an esteemed panel of judges including Alexa Chung, Tim Blanks, Franca Sozzani and Frida Giannini.
The six piece collection, to be sold through Harvey Nichols’ flagship Knightsbridge store and online at www.harveynichols.com, was selected from Mishra’s International Woolmark Prize-winning collection. The capsule collection, made from lightweight Merino wool, features delicate hand embroidery on beautifully tailored and sculpturally designed pieces which include a cape-style jacket and fitted tube-style dress.
Inspired by Maurits Cornelis Escher, the graphically designed embroidery tells a story of the evolution from an eight-petal lotus, exploring the metamorphosis of the shape; which morphs into complex structures, representing the city landscape. The designs reflect the lifecycle of wool; the journey it takes from the organic land and its natural state, through to the concrete cities where it’s redesigned and reinvented.
"I am thrilled to be stocked in some of the best retailers in the world thanks to The Woolmark Company," explains Mishra. "It is going to be really great for our brand on the commercial front; getting into these stores is a dream for any designer. The international exposure since winning the award has been immense and has provided us global coverage like never before."
Harvey Nichols’ Group Buying Director, Anita Barr said: "Rahul has shown the versatility of Merino as a luxury fibre and has produced a collection that challenges the perceptions of wool. We are proud to be championing his collection and show our continued support to the Woolmark prize."
The International Woolmark Prize crosses borders and cultures and has been revived for a new generation of emerging talent. It has quickly become one of the most coveted fashion awards of our time and continues to look at new ways to take wool into the future.
"The International Woolmark Prize is an ongoing commitment by The Woolmark Company," explains The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough. "It is a commitment to the finest emerging talent in fashion design right across the world and a commitment to celebrating the infinite potential of Merino wool.
"The award highlights how innovative Merino wool is and Rahul Mishra’s winning collection is a fine example of this. Having retail partners such as Harvey Nichols support the award and commercialise the product encourages emerging talent and reaffirms the Woolmark brand’s deep connection with the international fashion industry."
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