The annual H&M Design Award, created to kick-start the career of fresh design talents announced the winner of this years competition; Royal College of Arts graduate Hannah Jinkins! The prize includes not only recognition by important industry people (such as Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing and Nick Knight), but also a one-year mentorship from H&M, a cash prize of €50 000 and the opportunity to launch their winning collection in H&M next fall.
Her collection felt very workwear inspired. Jinkins spoke to Vogue about her collection and informed; “It was about mending things. I looked at Japanese processes of repair and the idea that things are more valuable when you fix them, so that’s where the stapling came from. In my research I found all this pottery that had been mended and on the reverse side you saw all these little staples and to me that was such a beautiful detail. So it became about finding beauty in pieces that were damaged or worn or broken.” vogue.co.uk
I wanted to use this opportunity to also give a shout out to Gabriel Castro, one of the finalists. I loved his work a lot and hope to see more from him very soon!