The 2014 MFW competitions are now open!

Miami Fashion Week® is hosting the 7th annual Emerging Designer Competitions as organizers search for the best new designers in the world to spotlight in the “New Stars in Fashion Installation” at the 16th annual MFW.

Categories will include men’s wear (casual or formal) to be reviewed for acceptance in the fashion installation. No swimwear at this time please.

The fashion installation will be viewed each evening by local, national and international press, buyers, celebrities and VIP guests attending the event. One designer will be chosen as the “International Emerging Men’s Wear Designer of the Year” and honored at the Miami Moda & Music Awards on closing night. The judge’s decision is final.

Competition Requirements:
For designers to be eligible for participation in the competition, the following requirements must be met:

Designer must be a graduate of an accredited fashion college from anywhere in the world.

Designer must have been in business for a minimum of one (1) year but less than (5) years continually designing collections with a minimum of two (2) collections per year.

Designer must produce a minimum of ten (10) pieces per collection.

Designer must be selling garments in at least one store (on-line or free-standing.)

Rules for Submissions:
If you meet the requirements, designers are requested to provide the following:

Season of the competition: RESORT

Theme: Just be creative and show us your best! The winner will be chosen based on creativity, professionalism and compliance with the requirements and rules of the competition.

Style: Men’s Wear – Casual or Formal (must be noted with the submitted photos)

Submit six (6) photos of actual garments, (no sketches please) in JPEG (72 DPI) or PDF format. Include notes on fabrics used (no color or mood board is required)

A biography in English

Please email your entry to: [email protected]>eek.com

Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014. Finalists will be posted on the MFW web site April 15, 2014.

Finalists:
Three (3) finalists will be chosen to submit one (1) outfit each for the fashion installation and final judging. The outfit must be received in the MFW office by 
May 5, 2014.

The judges will announce the winner at the Miami Moda & Music Awards ceremony on May 17, 2014.

Mannequin display in the New Stars in Fashion Installation at MFW 2014. All costs for the installation will be paid by MFW.

Finalists are responsible for all costs of producing and shipping the outfit.
Please include return postage so the outfit may be sent back to you after the event.

Mailing Address:
Miami Fashion Week
9378 NW 8th Circle
Plantation, Florida 33324-4930 USA
Tel: +954-476-5761

Finalists are responsible for all travel costs should they decide to personally attend MFW. Travel and hotel discounts are available via our MFW travel partners at 
http://www.miamifashionweek.com/Travel_Discounts.html It is not mandatory for the finalists to personally attend MFW but it is encouraged so that you may attend the shows, educational seminars and network at the event.

The Prizes!
The winners will receive the following:

Name, headshot and photo of the winning outfit included in the Winners Circle on the official MFW web site.

A cash prize presented by the Miami Fashion Week Foundation.

An engraved crystal trophy from Tiffany & Co. presented on-stage at MFW.

40-hour Internship with Nicolas Felizola at his Miami atelier. Nicolas is committed to excellence and will be looking for originality from designers entering this competition. The winner will spend a week with Nicolas in his private studio in Cocout Grove/Miami where he will guide him/her through the design process providing a first glance at what Nicolas has created for Uomo 2014.

All designers submitting materials for the competition are invited to attend the fashion styling, trends & retail and business seminars during the event. All travel costs are the responsibility of the designer. Travel and hotel discounts are available via the MFW travel partners at http://www.miamifashionweek.com/Travel_Discounts.html

All inquiries should be emailed to [email protected]

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