Fashion Trust Arabia (FTA) returned last night for its third annual FTA 2021 Prize at the National Museum in Doha, Qatar. The ceremony was presented by supermodel Irina Shayk and Al Jazeera TV presenter Fairouz Ziane, in attendance of industry professionals.
Aiming to support emerging designers, FTA offers a financial support of $200,000 to the winners, and benefit from an extensive mentorship program with key FTA partners. This includes especial partnership with retailer MATCHESFASHION, which will be stocking all the winners exclusively, in addition to providing business mentorship.
The ceremony was attended by industry heavyweights such as Naomi Campbell, Virgil Abloh, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Catherine Deneuve, Natalia Vodianova, Precious Lee, Jordan Barrett, Waris Ahluwalia, Farida Khelfa, Joshua Jackson, Alessandro Mahmoud, Stephen Jones, Alex Israel, Alexa Chung, Azza Fahmy, Carine Roitfeld, Casey Cadwallader, Elie Saab, Francesca Amfitheatro, Gherardo Felloni, Haider Ackermann, Juergen Teller, Laura Brown, Remo Ruffini, Sandra Choi, Zuhair Murad, and Afef Jnifen.
The 24 designer finalists presented their collections to the Jury, in the following award categories: Ready-to-Wear, Eveningwear, Accessories, Jewellery, Franca Sozzani Debut Talent Award and this year’s newly introduced Guest Country Award, which was in partnership with Colombia.
The winners of this year’s FTA 2021 Awards are:
Zaid Affas, Ready-to-Wear designer winner
Alia Bin Omair, Jewellery designer winner
Port Tanger(by Bilal Fellah,) Accessories designer winner
Benchellal(by Mohamed Benchellal,) Eveningwear designer winner
El Tayeb Nation (by Abdelgarder El Tayeb), Franca Sozzani Debut Talent Award
A New Cross (by Agustin Nicolas Rivero), Guest Country Award
This year’s jury was: Alex Israel, Artist; Alexa Chung, Fashion Designer; Azza Fahmy, Jewellery Designer; Carine Roitfeld, Founder & Creative Director, CR Fashion Book; Casey Cadwallader, Creative Director, Mugler; Elie Saab, Fashion Designer; Francesca Amfitheatrof, Artistic Director Watches & Jewellery, Louis Vuitton; Gherardo Felloni, Creative Director, Roger Vivier; Haider Ackermann, Fashion Designer; Juergen Teller, Photographer; Laura Brown, InStyle USA Editor-in-Chief; Lorraine Schwartz, Jewellery Designer; Natalia Vodianova, Philanthropist; Pierpaolo Piccioli, Creative Director, Valentino; Remo Ruffini, Chairman & CEO, Moncler; Sandra Choi, Creative Director, Jimmy Choo; Virgil Abloh, Creative Director, Louis Vuitton and Off-White; Zerina Akers, Costume Designer & Stylist; Zuhair Murad, Fashion Designer.