Inexmoda announces the finalists of the Unique program, Fashion Trust Arabia 2021, who will represent Colombian design in Qatar

Inexmoda announces the finalists of the Unique program, Fashion Trust Arabia 2021, who will represent Colombian design in Qatar

Alado, A New Cross, Laura Laurens and Priah, were the chosen designers who will have the opportunity to live a digital and a physical experience at the Fashion Trust Arabia gala that will take place in March 2021. Inexmoda and Procolombia join forces with Fashion Trust Arabia, an initiative of the royal family of Qatar,

  • Alado, A New Cross, Laura Laurens and Priah, were the chosen designers who will have the opportunity to live a digital and a physical experience at the Fashion Trust Arabia gala that will take place in March 2021.
  • Inexmoda and Procolombia join forces with Fashion Trust Arabia, an initiative of the royal family of Qatar, which offers financial and business support to bring design to new markets.
  • The definition of the finalists was made under the votes of an international jury made up of 21 experts from the fashion world, among which are: Johanna Ortiz, Nina García, Hamish Bowles, Carmen Busquets, Fabio Piras, Patti Wilson, Gabriela Hearst and Inexmoda.
  • Now, the four selected finalists will compete with each other to win first place in the category of Colombia as guest country, during the Fashion Trust Arabia Awards Gala.
  • The first-place winner will have the opportunity to receive mentoring, strategic support and advice about their business by experts from around the world. They will also have the opportunity to connect with buyers of signature brands from the MENA region and Europe.

January 2021. In the framework of Colombiatex Digital 2021, Inexmoda, Fashion Trust Arabia and ProColombia, announced the four Colombian brands that were selected as finalists of the Unique program, Fashion Trust Arabia, to represent Colombian design in Qatar. Alado, A New Cross, Laura Laurens and Priah, were the chosen ones who will have the opportunity to live a digital and a physical experience, depending on the evolution of COVID-19. They will be arriving in Qatar to enjoy the Fashion Trust Arabia awards gala, where one winner in the category of Colombia as the guest country, will be selected.

“From Inexmoda we are proud to be part of this project. In total, 89 brands registered to participate in Unique, Fashion Trust Arabia, which confirmed the creativity, internationalization and projection that Colombian design has. Congratulations to Alado, A New Cross, Laura Laurens and Priah, the identity of their creative proposals and their interpretation of Colombia through theirs designs, will carry a unique stamp to Qatar. At the Institute, we will continue to be committed to promoting Colombian designers by taking them by the hand to seek new opportunities in international markets”, said Carlos Eduardo Botero Hoyos, executive president of Inexmoda.

Fashion Trust Arabia, a non-profit organization based in Qatar, is an initiative of the royal family of that country that offers financial support, business advise and recognition to designers. This is a project led by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser and Her Excellency Sheikha al Mayassa, mother and sister of the current Emir of Qatar respectively.

The guest country for 2021 was Colombia, which will arrive with the four brands selected to conquer the MENA region. Alado, A New Cross, Laura Laurens and Priah, “you are a pride for all of us, because you not only expose your talent and creativity, but also express yourselves from your heart, your roots and the identity that describes us,” said María Juliana Ruiz, first lady from Colombia.

The definition of the finalists was made under the votes of an international jury made up of 21 experts from the fashion world, amonng which are: Johanna Ortiz, Nina García, Hamish Bowles, Sarah Andelman, Natalie Kingham, Carmen Busquets, Fabio Piras, Patti Wilson, Gabriela Hearst and Inexmoda.

Now, the selected designers who are part of the Ready to Wear market, will compete with each other to win the first place of the contest during the Awards Gala. This will take place in March 2021 in Qatar or through digital media. The first-place winner will have the opportunity to receive mentoring and strategic support and advice about their business by experts from around the world. They will also have the opportunity and connect with buyers of signature brands from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

“Fashion in our country continues to provide us with positive news by opening its way into new international markets. After the alliance made between Inexmoda, Fashion Trust Arabia and ProColombia, it is very pleasant to announce the four finalists who will represent Colombia in this important pioneering event for fashion in the Middle East. To the talented designers, my sincerest congratulations. You will be the ambassadors of the Colombian fashion industry that aims for quality, creativity, original designs, innovation and sustainability, which has managed to reach more than 100 countries. They will also be in charge of opening the doors for other Colombian designers who want to conquer the Qatari market, which has placed great emphasis on the development of the fashion sector and its luxury market is the fastest growing in the world “, said Flavia Santoro, President of ProColombia.

ALADO: SIGNATURE LABEL AND DIFFERENTIATION

Alejandro González and Andrés Restrepo are the designers of ALADO, a Medellín brand that has been built with differentiation, being a Colombian benchmark that unites style and sustainability. Alado is defined by its collections that tell stories, where garments and accessories have the power to evoke and transport you to specific moments and contexts. Their designs are represented by being complex structures that reveal different stories, where the molding, development of silhouettes and exploration of cuts, are evident. Romantic nuances, risky, feminine and rich details are part of their creative proposals.

A NEW CROSS: DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE CRAFTSMANSHIP AND THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD

Nicolas Agustín Rivero is the creative director of A New Cross, a Bogota brand driven by questioning and reinterpreting the contemporary imaginary of Colombian and Latin American identity. A minimalist, monochromatic and urban proposal that looks to the future drawing inspiration from the Latin American heritage from the artisan work within rural communities in the savannah areas.

Its small-scale production model and the co-creation with artisan communities, ensure the development of garments of high quality, durability and exclusivity that promote conscious and sustainable consumption.

LAURA LAURENS: FASHION WITH A SENSE OF REALITY

Laura Laurens, designer of the brand that bears the same name, has traced her way through the fashion industry by having a crude approach to design, which permeates each of her proposals. Textile interventions, artisan processes, commitment to sustainability and the empowerment of the local indigenous communities of their country, generate a distinctive factor within their developments today.

Each collection tells a story in which paradoxes are the central theme and materials are the white canvas to subvert the paradigms, all from their environmental and artistic sensitivity.

PRIAH: FABRICS THAT ARE BORN IN THE BOYACÁ MOUNTAINS

Juanita García, founder and creative director of Priah, creates the brand from a simple idea: to pay tribute to the work of artisans, located in the mountains of Boyacá, who preserve the art of crochet, an ancient technique threatened by industrialization.

A proposal that through innovation seeks to preserve the roots of this tradition. Her passion for sustainable fashion and social entrepreneurship led to the creation of carefully selected collections designed to pay tribute to heritage, artisans, and culture. Her inspiration comes from this region, a place adorned with a variety of minimalist textures thanks to nature, a place of contrasts where luxury flourishes from rustic environments.

This way, Alado, A New Cross, Laura Laurens and Priah, will carry their hallmark to Qatar through Unique, Fashion Trust Arabia 2021, a project of Inexmoda, Fashion Trust Arabia and ProColombia. This will allow Colombian design to be launched to international markets, an initiative that begins in Qatar with the opportunity to continue expanding throughout the Middle East and Europe.

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