It took a few seconds for Jenny & Dimitris, who make up design duo JENA.THEO, to realise that Donatella Versace had named them as the winners of the 2009 award. They stepped onto the stage for Eun Jeong, last year’s winner to hand over the beautiful and contemporary trophy designed by Jessica McCormack.
Colin McDowell said “As always with judging process there was a lively discussion amongst our team of experts lead by Donatella Versace. All of the judges were in agreement on who should win, but there was great support for the other three finalists. I am feeling very confident for JENA.THEO, and a lot of is because of our home in the creative hub of Covent Garden, London.”
When the flashbulbs took a break Jenny Holmes, said, “I am feeling stunned and elated and privileged as all of the designers on this year’s platform so deserved to win. Having the support of everybody at Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden means we can make our dreams happen.” Dimitris Theocharidis added, “I feel amazing, it has been a great platform, the mentoring and support was incredible. We feel really secure having the Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden support to help us make our next collection”.
Speaking after the show Donatella said “I am happy and proud to support Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden and today’s event confirmed my feelings. The qualities and standards of the four finalists was very high and has not been easy to take the final decision. We have awarded the duo JENA.THEO for their vision and freshness. I wish them a bright future under the expert guidance of the Fashion Fringe team”